By Jim Johnson

The Rolling Stones weren’t always the domain of  Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

British rock journalist Paul Trynka, who has written a biography of Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones, calls him “the great untold story of rock and roll.” Now in paperback, Brian Jones: The Making of The Rolling Stones zeroes in on what the author calls “an English kid from a small town who introduced the world to blues music. He was the ultimate ‘live-fast-and-die-young-hero’ who contributed a lot in his 27 years.”

Paul Trynka explains the importance of Brian Jones to the Rolling Stones and beyond:

It’s been 46 years since Jones’ death, in his swimming pool, on July 3rd, 1969 — the first of the rock legends to pass at age 27.

Author Paul Trynka says Brian Jones’ death at 27 is not as important as what he accomplished in life:

Trynka details how Jones founded — and lost control of — the Stones, came with them to America and was both a “great visionary and parable of how not to live a rock and roll life.”


Check out the Stones “Not Fade Away” with Brian Jones:


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