Tuesday, 6 August 2019

The Daily Constitutional London Library No.9. 2 Stoned

Welcome to The Daily Constitutional London Library

In this twelve-week series of posts I'll be drawing in literary fiction, popular fiction, graphic novels and non-fiction to create a reading list as disparate and inspiring as London itself. 

The twelve titles are linked in so much as each one features at least one London location – each post will also feature a map to one of the locations

No.9. Too Stoned
By Andrew Loog Oldham

2 Stoned is the second volume of autobiography from the Rolling Stones manager and rock svengali Andrew Loog Oldham.

Loog Oldham was the young turk who shaped the Stones as the anti-Beatles. His first volume of autobiography – Stoned (1998) tells the tale of his youth and his meeting the self-styled World’s Greatest Rock’n’Roll Band. It is a great read.

The second volume – appropriately entitled 2Stoned – gets down to the nitty gritty.

OIdham’s tale is unique indeed. Few had such a close view of the so-called Swinging Sixties in London. And few have allowed other voices into their story. Oldham, always the radical, has no fear in this quarter.

His narrative bowls along with stylishly-honed tales of drunkenness and cruelty, yet… every so often he steps aside to allow someone else to chip in. Townshend, Marianne Faithfull, Al Kooper, Nick Cohn, John Paul Jones and many more – provide a Greek chorus of asides and contradictions that helps to make this one of the best of all rock’n’roll reads.

You probably didn't buy your white-haired ol’ mum a copy for Mothers’ Day. Unless, of course, her hair’s white from peroxide and she thinks sweet sherry is a breakfast wine. In which case… bring her along on the Rock’n’Roll London Walk!

Location? Regent Sounds in Denmark Street. Now a guitar shop, it was once a recording studio and it features prominently in the book…

A tour to accompany the book? The Rock'n'Roll London Pub Walk with LIVE Music, Wednesday nights…

A rock & pop history tour with LIVE music from your guide

Meet at Tottenham Court Road Tube (exit 1) 7pm

£10/£8 Pay on the day or book now…

Next week… the last book in the series

Bespoke – Savile Row Ripped & Smoothed

By Richard Anderson

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