Let It Read! The Ultimate Literary Guide to the Rolling Stones

From The Daily Beast:

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Stone’s first concert, we picked out the best 14 books on the legendary band. From Keith Richard’s bestselling Life to Dominique Tarlé’s rare edition photos from the Exile on Main St. sessions, every book worth reading on the Stones.

Key:

* (Start Me Up) – Books for new readers looking to get a handle on the Stones body of work and history.
** (Let’s Spend The Night Together) – Books for fans looking to get more intimate with their favorite Stones and revisit some of their wilder moments.
*** (Satisfaction) – Books for thirsty veteran Stone fiends; recommended for Stones freaks. WARNING: these books may induce drug flashbacks.

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The Rolling Stones: 50
By The Rolling Stones (Jagger, Richards, Watts, Wood)
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Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, and Ronnie Wood were kind enough to put together this awesome book of previously unreleased material and photography so we can celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones with them… from our reading chairs. The perfect gift for diehard Stones fans. Out already in the UK it’s scheduled for release in the United States on October 30th, 2012.

What Would Keith Richards Do?: Daily Affirmations from a Rock and Roll Survivor
By Jessica Pallington West
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There’s bad news and there’s good news. The bad news: you might be cool, but you’re just not Keith Richards-cool. The good news: you can be! Just read Jessica Pallington West’s What Would Keith Richards Do? from cover-to-cover and you’ll be the stuff of legend in no time.

Rolling Stones Gear: All the Stones’ Instruments from Stage to Studio
By Andy Babuik and Greg Prevost
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A dear friend of mine once told me: “tools are the silent witnesses to mankind’s accomplishments.” But these tools are anything but silent; they’re shreddin’. Grab Rolling Stones Gear for a comprehensive guide to the instruments that made The Rolling Stones possible.

Exile
By Dominique Tarlé
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You won’t find this collectable easily, but if you manage to track down a copy of Dominique Tarlé’s Exile, you’ll be treated to a magnificent compilation of high-end photography from the Exile on Main St. sessions in the south of France. A family treasure, at the least.

Continue reading the rest of their great (and not-so-great) picks on The Daily Beast