A new book about the career of the Rolling Stones which gives a front row perspective of the group’s early live shows includes memories of their performance in Kettering.
The rock band formed in 1962 and performed at the Granada Theatre in Kettering on January 9, 1964, as part of their first British tour.
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You Had To Be There: The Rolling Stones Live 1962-69, written by Richard Houghton, contains more than 500 eyewitness accounts of the band’s very first performances, beginning with pubs and clubs in and around London and culminating in their 1969 Hyde Park show.
The publication coincides with the recent announcement of a major Rolling Stones exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London next year.
The group have been performing live for more than 50 years and interest in the group’s early days is stronger than ever.
Mr Houghton is a huge fan of the group and saw them perform live.
He said: “I got the idea for the book last year when I went to see the Rolling Stones perform in Stockholm.
“Mick Jagger was about to turn 71 and it occurred to me that many of the people who saw the Stones when they were starting out would be of a similar vintage.
“Fifty years ago they were teenagers and I thought it would be good to capture those memories of the early Stones shows before they fade.
“This book is not just about the Rolling Stones.
“It’s also a window on the past, a look at what it was like to grow up in 1960s Britain.
“Teenagers hadn’t really been invented until the Rolling Stones came along and they played a part in opening many people’s eyes to what was possible.
“I’ve been lucky enough to capture some great anecdotes of people who saw the Stones on their journey to stardom.
“They started out as a group of rhythm and blues aficionados sometimes playing to a handful of people in a pub and became the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band in the world.”