Stanley Booth

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Stanley Booth (born January 5, 1942 in Waycross, Georgia) is a Memphis-based American music journalist. Booth has written extensively about important music figures, including Keith Richards, Otis Redding, Janis Joplin, James Brown, Elvis Presley, Gram Parsons, B.B. King, and Al Green. He chronicled his travels with the Rolling Stones in several of his works.


After attending college at what was then Memphis State University (now University of Memphis) in the early 1960s, Booth began his music journalism career with articles on Memphis musicians like Furry Lewis and Otis Redding, the latter of whom Stanley witnessed writing the famous song "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay" with Steve Cropper at Stax studios on the Friday before Redding's death. He was present for and wrote about the infamous 1969 Rolling Stones concert in Altamont, California, at which a concertgoer was killed by a member of the Hells' Angels. In addition to writing books, Booth has also published music articles in Rolling Stone, Esquire, GQ, and Playboy and appeared in many documentaries, not only on Southern music and the Rolling Stones, but Tom Thurman's Movies of Color and Peckinpah. For some years Booth lived near Brunswick, Georgia, with his wife, the poet Diann Blakely. Currently he resides in Memphis, and is finishing the successor to Rhythm Oil, currently entitled Blues Dues, a memoir, Tree Full of Owls, and Distant Thoughts, a series of letters chronicling the unfolding literary relationship and love story between Booth and poet Blakely.

Selected works[edit]

  • Furry's Blues, 1970
  • Dance with the Devil: The Rolling Stones and Their Times, 1984
  • 'The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones (note: Dance with the Devil, reprinted with minor revisions), 2000
  • Rhythm Oil: A Journey Through the Music of the American South, 1991
  • Keith: Till I Roll Over Dead, 1994
  • Keith, 1995
  • Keith: Standing in the Shadows, 1996
  • The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones, 50th Anniversary Edition, Canongate, 2012

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