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12.05.2016

NEW STONE ROSES SINGLE - 'ALL FOR ONE'

After much speculation and a week of the juiciest looking lemons appearing on advert boards and buildings all over the world, The Stone Roses have, tonight released their first single in 21 years! The last of course being 'Begging You', the third and final to be released from Second Coming.

I have been waiting as keenly as any other hardcore Roses fan and have constantly wondered what a new collaboration between the four original members might sound like. Well tonight, we all found out and it didn't disappoint; with a 5-second ethereal feedback-building intro - which instantly took me back to 'Begging You' (right where they left off), we are plunged into a very recognisable guitar soundscape and a solid, slightly spacey vocal from Brown with the lyric "All for one / one for all / if we all join hands we'll make a wall", promptly joined by Reni & Mani's return to Roses record.

The whole thing chimes along nicely and feels very authentic to the Roses sound, with more than of a hint of Seahorses and Ian Brown's solo sound to it, as you might expect. Two-thirds of the way through we are treated to a very tasty reminder of Mr Squire's more deftly guitar talent with a short solo that still oozes rock before returning to business.

It's a great comeback track, albeit a different flavour to 'Love Spreads': it instantly grabs you but surely it's just to whet the appetite, with deeper, getting-to-know-you tracks that will take over as your favourites, 20+ listens into the album.

Paul Stevens


'All For One' is out to buy now on iTunes, to stream on Spotify and is available to pre-order on 7" Vinyl from 8am tomorrow morning. For full details and links, please visit the Official website.


07.05.2016

KINDLE EDITION - AVAILABLE NOW

In an effort to get From Crucifixion To Resurrection read by a larger audience (and to give overseas readers another, cheaper option), I am pleased to announce that I have today released the book through Amazon's Kindle service, available now.

It remains available in physical book format as well.





09.04.2016

NEW PARR HALL PRINT - SAVE £25

Matt Squire releases a print of The Stone Roses performing live at their 2012 surprise comeback gig at Warrington Parr Hall. The prints are limited to a run of 500 and the first 25 sold can get £25 off the normal price using the code 25PARR.

The prints are produced using archival pigment inks on extremely high quality hahnemuhle photo rag 315gsm fine art paper which is recognised as one of the world's finest giclee printing papers. Each print is signed and numbered by the photographer.

Full details at: www.mattsquire.co.uk.






09.12.2015

XMAS STOCKING OFFER - SAVE 20%

Any copies bought before 11.59pm Sunday (13th December) will automatically save 20%!

So now's a great time to pick up From Crucifixion To Resurrection for only £7.99 inc p&p (UK price, please refer to the payments page for overseas discounted prices!)





"Just finished reading the book and I have to say it was excellent. Paul has done a fantastic job in detailing the years between Reading and the Reunion, with so much information and fact. He also manages to share the fans perspectives, from no hope of ever seeing them reform...through the various (wrong) rumours and false hopes right through to the euphoria of the first gigs after the press conference. It's the only book that focuses on the hiatus period and gives a great insight into how Squire and Brown (in particular) picked up the pieces of the end of the Roses to forge new or solo careers and, with all good music books, makes you want to go and listen to some of the material they each released during the split. Really enjoyed it!!!"

Recent review of my book from a reader.


09.12.2015

TERRACE ORIGINALS - ROSES CLOTHING

I recently placed a first order with online clothing company Terrace Originals, who specialise in music/football styled clothing. A quick look around finds a number of Roses themed items.

I ordered an 'Adored Bucket Hat' (Olive - pictured right, also available in Navy, Stone & Tan), which is reversible: one way to where it is to have your chosen colour on display with a flash of pollock design around the rim but flick it inside out and your treated to a full pollock design, very similar to the debut album cover, which is the reason it's a must have item for me! The hat itself is made of good quality material and very comfortable.

I also ordered a 'Reni Hat MkII' T-shirt in forest green (detail below, also available in Navy and Claret) as it's a great, instantly recognisable Roses-style design, particularly with it's splash of debut album styled artwork again. Again, the t-shirt is high quality and I'll be wearing it with pride next year!



Another item, which I may grab next time, just because it's a lot of fun is the Reni Hat style Bobble Hat (sold separately or with a matching scarf!), which is designed around the classic 1990s beige, brown, orange Reni Hat (pictured below), there are also other colour variations available and each comes with a free Reni Hat Pin Badge, great stuff!



They also have a large number of other t-shirt designs, polos, shirts, outerwear & shorts: visit Terrace Originals to view their full range.



04.11.2015

ROSES RETURN PROMO - SAVE 20%!

With the fantastic news that not only are The Stone Roses still together but they've announced their first 2016 live dates, (their first in nearly 3 years!) I've decided to do a limited offer! Any copies bought before 11.59pm Sunday (8th November) will automatically save 20%!

So now's a great time to pick up From Crucifixion To Resurrection for only £7.99 inc p&p (UK price, please refer to the payments page for overseas discounted prices!)

Now all we need is confirmation from the band that there will be a 3rd album! Fingers crossed!






26.07.2015

MATT SQUIRE - SALLY CINNAMON PRINTS - FURTHER PRINT RUN

Due to popular demand, Matt Squire has issued a further run of 250 prints of his bubble gum machine print, which was the featured artwork on the band's 2nd single 'Sally Cinnamon' in 1987. This time the prints are signed by John along with Matt himself.

Matt Squire has released a limited edition of the photograph that graced the front cover of the Stone Roses second single, Sally Cinnamon. This edition is limited to 250 prints each of which is hand signed by John Squire, signed and numbered by Matt Squire and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. This print together with a series of photographs from the Heaton Park gigs and some very early Roses images can be seen and ordered here.


26.12.2014

Q MAGAZINE - SECOND COMING 20 YEARS ON

In their latest issue, Q Magazine marks the 20th Anniversary of The Stone Roses second (and currently last) 1994 record Second Coming with a 20-page special feature. The article focuses on the behind-the-scenes recording and production of the difficult record that would see the band crumble due to an extended period of forced inactivity and inter-band turmoil.

Despite a couple of factual inaccuraces here and there (Reni was, of course, a founding member. He didn't join the band with Mani in 1987 as the introduction suggests), it makes for an entertaining read, scheduling the demise of the band in bite-sized chunks, highlighting difficulties at various recording sessions along the way.

The feature also has a few new photos from the period. The last few pages are a reprint of an interview with the band from March 1995, which if you didn't read at the time, is a welcome addition. All in all it is a nicely packaged piece on the Roses; reflecting on a troublesome period which ultimately saw the band dissolve, not to return collectively until their 2011 reunion press conference.



Q's February 2015 issue is in the shops/online now, visit Q for full details.


05.12.2014

MATT SQUIRE - EXCLUSIVE HEATON PARK PRINTS

Matt Squire has released a series of 30 exclusive photographs taken at 2012’s seminal reunion gigs at Heaton Park, Manchester. The series includes full group shots, close ups of individual band members captured mid-performance (including an iconic image of John Squire, guitar aloft - pictured right) and some touching scenes of the band in their now famous post-show huddles.

Each photograph is an edition of 250 and is printed using archival pigment inks on extremely high quality Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Baryta 315gsm Fine Art Paper which is recognised as one of the world's finest giclee printing papers.

The prints are marked with a holographic tag on the rear and are accompanied with a certificate of authenticity bearing a matching holographic tag. Each print will also be signed and numbered by the photographer.

The prints measure approximately 329mm x 483mm and the actual image area is approximately 280mm x 420mm.



Visit Matt's website to view all photographs and order your limited edition print.


25.09.2014

LAST FEW COPIES IN STOCK - NOW £6.49

After being on sale for almost a year, I've nearly sold out of my last batch of books.

With currently no plans to reorder, this is the last opportunity to order.

I've reduced to £6.49 (UK price - saving £1.50) to shift the remaining copies.




"The remarkable thing about this book, written from the point of view of one of The Stone Roses’ biggest fans, is that it manages to document not when the band were most successful, or even, their least successful stage, but a long period of time when the band was not even together! Nonetheless, this is an extremely well put together book, and a success in its own right."

"Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It is one of the most professional-looking self-published books you will see. There may be several pieces taken from the author’s websites, but I think the whole package works very well here in book format."

"It’s a book, of course, that Roses fans will enjoy – there is a different take to the typical biography – and is worth a read as an interesting insight into the life of the 'superfan'."


louderthanwar.com


Please visit www.stonerosesbook.co.uk for more feedback for From Crucifixion To Resurrection.


25.09.2014

RESONATORS BOOK

Scarlet Page’s book, RESONATORS, featuring exclusive photographs of John Squire, is now available to pre-order exclusively at www.redgiantpublishing.com.

This beautiful large format book is strictly limited to 1,480 copies worldwide and is available in both Deluxe and Collector editions.

Including over 120 exclusive and never before seen photographs taken over the past two years, Scarlet’s personal approach and style has produced beautiful and intimate portraits of The Resonators, capturing sides of guitar legends rarely seen by their fans.

Guitarists included within RESONATORS are; Wilko Johnson, Jimmy Page, Brian May, Paul Stanley, Sir Paul McCartney, Peter Green, Joe Walsh, Slash, Nile Rodgers, Mick Jones, Jeff Beck, Paul Weller, Mark Knopfler, Noel Gallagher, Serge Pizzorno, Wayne Kramer, Albert Lee, Billy Corgan, Johnny Marr, Graham Coxon, Justin Hawkins, Robert Fripp, Steve Jones, John Squire, John Frusciante, Hank Marvin, Kelly Jones, Dick Taylor, John Squire, Phil Manzanera, Hank Marvin, Phil Collen, Vivian Campbell and Jack White.




25.06.2014

STONE ROSES BOOK BACK IN STOCK

My latest batch of books have now been received and are available to purchase. I will immediately begin dispatching backorders so if you've ordered your copy already, it should be with you soon. Please use the below link to place your order.





Thanks again for your support and interest in my book, particularly to all those who've read it already and taken the time to get in touch and give me some feedback!




"The remarkable thing about this book, written from the point of view of one of The Stone Roses’ biggest fans, is that it manages to document not when the band were most successful, or even, their least successful stage, but a long period of time when the band was not even together! Nonetheless, this is an extremely well put together book, and a success in its own right."

"Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It is one of the most professional-looking self-published books you will see. There may be several pieces taken from the author’s websites, but I think the whole package works very well here in book format."

"It’s a book, of course, that Roses fans will enjoy – there is a different take to the typical biography – and is worth a read as an interesting insight into the life of the 'superfan'."


louderthanwar.com


26.03.2014

SIGNED SCARLET PAGE PRINTS

Sir Paul McCartney, Slash, Noel Gallagher, Brian May and Paul Weller are all Resonators. They are guitarists - guitar heroes - and with the rest of rock’s elite are the subjects of photographer Scarlet Page’s latest project, an exhibition of epic portraits in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust at The Royal Albert Hall.

Resonators will open to coincide with the recently announced Teenage Cancer Trust concerts, which start at the RAH on 24th March, and the exhibition will run until 24th April. The 1st print of each 25 print edition will be signed by the artist and Scarlet, and will be auctioned with all profits going to Teenage Cancer Trust. For a full list of subjects please visit the Resonators Facebook page. Resonators is kindly sponsored by Metro Imaging and Happy Finish.

The daughter of Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page (the 'guitarist's guitarist), Scarlet grew up surrounded by music and musicians. Since starting her career in photography she has established herself as a successful and in-demand music photographer. It wasn’t until she’d been working in the industry for over 15 years that she finally managed to shoot Jimmy 'officially' for a Sunday newspaper. The resulting shot gave her the idea to shoot portraits of other guitar legends. Scarlet explains, "I really wanted to do a charity project and Teenage Cancer Trust, with its incredible musical pedigree and the amazing work it does, seemed ideal."


The series also includes a fantastic shot of our very own John Squire, pictured in his Macclesfield garden with a guitar he's toured with on the recent Roses outings. Scarlet has the signed copy currently listed on ebay, which as mentioned above is the only signed copy of a 25 print run. The image is 20" x 24" and is printed on Fuji Crystal Archive Paper. Bidding starts from £500 with 100% of the final sale price going to support Teenage Cancer Trust.

For full details, or to place a bid, visit here. For a larger image, click here.



12.03.2014

LOUDER THAN WAR.COM REVIEW

Popular music/culture site LouderThanWar.com features an in depth review of my book From Crucifixion To Resurrection (The Stone Roses & Me.

Overall I feel it's a pleasing review and casts my title in a good light, to read the review in full hop over to LouderThanWar.com.








03.11.2013

from crucifixion to resurrection by paul stevensFROM CRUCIFIXION TO RESURRECTION - ORDER NOW!

After what seems like an eternity, my first (and most likely only) book is now available for preorder. The UK price is £9.99 including all p&p (small parcel rate £2.60). I will ship the book worldwide, overseas customers should refer to the payments page on the site for delivery details.

From Crucifixion To Resurrection is launched initially with a very limited run (mostly intended for family, friends & members of the Don't Stop Forum who have followed the project from the start).

Shipping will begin on 15th November 2013 and I hope to have all orders shipped as soon as possible.


Visit www.stonerosesbook.co.uk to order the book, see more information and explore additional content.




14.06.2013

the stone roses, msde of stone dvd, 2013THE STONE ROSES: MADE OF STONE DVD & BLURAY STEELBOOK

Released next month, the Shane Meadows' Stone Roses documentary Made Of Stone is now available to preorder in 3 Disc Steelbook Collectors format, which features both DVD and BLURAY formats and disc of extras.

Extras confirmed:
Audio Commentary with Shane Meadows (director) and Mark Herbert (producer)
Additional Performances including Fan Footage Highlights of Spike Island ‘90
Behind the Scenes - Warrington Parr Hall
Locating the Rehearsal Venue
Shane's Hallelujah Moment
Manchester Premiere
Channel 4 News Piece
Interview with Fans
Fan Phone Footage
Stoned love: Tour Montage


Preorder the Steelbook now for around £15. Also available to preorder: the 2 disc DVD, the 2 disc BluRay and a single disc DVD edition with black artwork.


Amazon also offers a Pre-order Price Guarantee: If you pre-order now and the amazon.co.uk price decreases between the time you place your order and the release date, you'll be charged the lowest price.


18.09.2013

from crucifixion to resurrection by paul stevensFROM CRUCIFIXION TO RESURRECTION

As you may/not know from previous updates, work on my book is now 100% finished and I've decided to go down the route of self-publishing through the site(s).

After far too many formatting issues, my order has now been confirmed with the printers, I've paid the 50% deposit and the first batch are ready to go! I've ordered a very short run, mostly for family, friends and any visitors to the site/forum that would like a copy.

I just need to wait to hear from them how long the print will take, knock up a quite mini-site and decide upon a release date.

You can follow the latest on the Forum or at www.stonerosesbook.co.uk where there are loads of pics including the final artwork and book synopsis.

All the best,
Paul x


For a larger view of the final artwork, click here.



Synopsis

An honest and personal account of The Stone Roses’ wilderness years by Paul Stevens, the man who kept the Roses’ candle burning longer and more passionately than most.

From Crucifixion To Resurrection begins with the release of Second Coming, when Stevens discovered the band, and charts his falling in love with their music and attitude.

It follows the Roses as they were torn apart limb from limb, dissolving acrimoniously after their infamous headline slot at Reading Festival 1996.

The book then tracks the band members’ individual efforts (that Stevens was also a huge fan of), observing Ian Brown and John Squire’s 15-year feud and optimistically looking for signs of repair and a possible road to reunion.

The author’s lifelong dreams were finally realized in October 2011 when a Stone Roses reunion was officially announced.

After this unexpected, but hugely desired reformation, From Crucifixion To Resurrection passionately charts the feverish anticipation generated in the build-up to the Roses’ record-breaking shows at Manchester’s Heaton Park in the summer of 2012. Stevens was, of course, in attendance for the first of these spectacular comeback gigs, and this is where his story ends, with a sense of accomplishment and the Stone Roses-shaped hole in his heart finally filled.

From Crucifixion To Resurrection is a must for any fan of The Stone Roses.





21.07.2013

the stone roses, penguin books, 2013THE STONE ROSES PENGUIN BOOKS STYLE PRINT

A new Roses' inspired print has been created by Simon James of Standard Designs. It's designed in the style of a stack of vintage Penguin Books, with each track from the Roses debut represented as a novel, creating a very different but stunning piece. At time of writing there are a couple of prints left for purchase, priced at a very reasonable £15 + £1 p&p.

"If the Stone Roses had been novelists rather than musicians here's how their debut album might have turned out. Each book in this print corresponds to a track on that album, arranged in the order they appear on the original vinyl release. They're all based on those wonderful classic Penguin and Pelican paperback book designs.

The books, in track order, are: I Wanna Be Adored, She Bangs The Drums, Waterfall, Don't Stop, Bye Bye Badman, Elizabeth My Dear, (Song for My) Sugar Spun Sister, Made of Stone, Shoot You Down, This Is The One and I Am The Resurrection."


Size: 16.5 x 11.5 inches, 42 x 29.7 cm
Professionally printed on 200gsm/120lb premium archival heavy silk paper
Shipped in a sturdy mailing tube
The print is sold unframed (the frame in the photo - a standard IKEA RIBBA frame - is for illustrational purposes only)


14.06.2013

the stone roses, msde of stone dvd, 2013THE STONE ROSES: MADE OF STONE DVD/BLURAY PREORDER NOW!

After a successful theatre release and high praise from fans comes the first details of DVD/BluRay releases of the film. Shane Meadows' powerful Stone Roses documentary will be released on both formats on the 21st October 2013. Whilst the artwork has been revealed, details of the bonus material appears blurred out on the Amazon website but both formats promise a full extra disc of bonus features, which is enough to make any fan salivate in anticipation!

Both are available to preorder from Amazon: the 2 disc DVD (currently priced £12.98) and the 2 disc BluRay (currently priced £13.88).


Amazon also offers a Pre-order Price Guarantee: If you pre-order now and the amazon.co.uk price decreases between the time you place your order and the release date, you'll be charged the lowest price.


01.12.2012

the stone roses, warrington legends, 3rd march 1989CLASSIC ERA MATT SQUIRE PRINT

Matt Squire has issued a limited run of 100 prints of a live shot of the Roses at Warrington Legends. The gig was on 3rd March 1989, about a month before the debut album was released.

The image captures the 1989 live Roses fantastically, picturing all four Roses in classic poses. The image also appeared in the Heaton Park programme back in the summer.

Each Gicleé print is signed by John Squire, measures 11.7" x 16.5", is reproduced from the original negative and is priced at £185. Visit Matt's website to order a print.







23.11.2012

the stone roses, fire at john squire's art studio, 2012JOHN SQUIRE'S ART STUDIO DESTROYED BY FIRE

According to the Manchester Evening News, John Squire's art studio, which was a converted barn at his Maccelsfield home has been destroyed by a fire:

Stone Roses star John Squire’s art studio has gone up in flames. Firefighters were called to his home near Macclesfield after his converted barn caught fire.

Guitarist Squire, 49, who created the Jackson Pollock-style artwork for the band’s debut album, became a full-time artist after they split up in the 1990s.

He rejoined fellow band members on stage for three sell-out gigs in front of 220,000 fans at Heaton Park in the summer.

More than 20 firefighters were called to the blaze at Squire’s home near Macclesfield.

The barn was severely damaged by the fire, which is believed to have started accidentally. No-one was injured, but a safety cordon was set up on the road.

The two-storey barn is on a quiet county lane next to the large farmhouse. Squire’s friend and bandmate Mani is believed to have been visiting at the time.

A spokesman for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "Five fire engines attended a fire involving a steel frame and concrete barn in Sutton, near Macclesfield. The two-storey building was well alight. Firefighters used two hose reels and jets to tackle the blaze and a thermal imaging camera was used to check for further hot spots of fire.

"The steel cladding was removed in order to gain access to the building. Propane cylinders were found and removed from the building and the crews used two jets to project the adjacent house.

"The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental."

John Squire was unavailable for comment. A spokeswoman for SJM Concerts, which manages the Stone Roses, said it did not want to comment.


29.10.2012

the stone roses, new uk live dates, 2013THE STONE ROSES ANNOUNCE 3 UK DATES FOR 2013

Fantastic news, the Roses are set to make their UK return next year. The band will play two nights in London's Finsbury Park (7th and 8th June) and one show at the legendary Glasgow Green on 15th June, the site of one of their finest gigs on their rise to power.

The supports for the Glasgow show are Primal Scream, Jake Bugg and The View. Supports for London will be announced shortly.

Tickets for all three shows go on sale at 9.30am on Friday 2nd November. From the usual outlets: Gigsandtours, Ticketmaster, Ticketline and Gigsinscotland.


06.09.2012

the stone roses, best live act, nominee, 2012THE STONE ROSES NOMINATED FOR BEST LIVE ACT Q AWARD

After a fantastic summer of Stone Roses gigs and a flawless comeback, Q Magazine recognises the success of their live resurrection with a nomination for their Best Live Act award. Also nominated are Blur, Bruce Springsteen, Radiohead and Cribs. The Stone Roses are also nominated for the Best Act In The World Today award, up against Muse, Coldplay, Blur and Lady Gaga.

Visit the official Q Awards to place your votes and ensure the Roses get the award they so rightly deserve! Voting ends Friday 5th October.



05.09.2012

dont stop is ten, 2002 - 2012DON'T STOP IS 10!

Ten years ago, on 1st September 2002 I opened the doors to John Squire: The Unofficial Site (later JSU) for the very first time. At the time John Squire had just announced that he was to launch into a solo career and was all set to launch his debut album Time Changes Everything. Ian had released the last of his singles from his third album Music Of The Spheres earlier in the year (and 2 months later released his remix album Remixes Of The Spheres in November 2002), Mani and Primal Scream just had released Evil Heat (Mani's third album with the band) in August and Reni had diasppeared again after his band The Rub had failed to attract the attention of a record contract and Silvertone had plans to cash in once more with their second greatest hits compilation The Very Best Of The Stone Roses (the track list for which was put together by all four of the Roses, albeit via fax/respective managers).

John Squire had written the touching 'I Miss You' a howling ode to Ian but to no avail, Ian was still hurting and without any signs of warming to John despite his various attempts to reach out to Ian (John also sent him a letter when he was detained at Strangeways in the late nineties along with a box of Maltesers, a gift they often exchanged as children). Most of us accepted that they were all busy with other projects and that no progress would be made with the stumbling block in the form of Ian and John's broken friendship. I followed their individual careers intently and covered them in as much detail on the site as possible. I was always leaning towards the path that would see them back together though and was there for all the false starts and rumours over the years.

After covering more and more Ian Brown, Stone Roses and related bands (and the departure of John Squire from the music scene around 2006) I redesigned and re-branded my website to Don't Stop in early 2007, a thoroughly Stone Roses website (as I had always wanted it to be) and launched various other sites including The Definitive Stone Roses Discography and John Squire Gallery to catalogue John's artwork for his history of single/album release covers and his move to a full-time artist career.

The four of them continued on their individual paths, all seeming perfectly happy enough. But with rumours getting ever more virulent and band members appearing together in public more and more (Mani performing with Ian at Manchester Versus Cancer in 2007. John, Mani and Reni meeting up at an Arthur Lee & Love concert in 2005) events continued to make it feel like their paths were once again converging. John Squire went so far as to send Ian one of his newly created instrumental tracks and Ian has gone on record since that he liked it and considered working it up as a potential album track but still the Brown/Squire obstacle remained. 2009 came and went and with it the perfect excuse for a reformation: the 20th anniversary of the debut album The Stone Roses.

And then right as we were all starting to lose hope that it would ever happen, tragedy would bring the Roses back together, with the sad loss of Mani's mother two old best friends were pictured in a 3-man embrace with Mani, both had turned up to show their support in his time of need, a photo dubiously leaked onto the internet by the staff at the pub where the wake was held, set the Don't Stop Forum alight and a few short months later came the shock press conference that saw all four Stone Roses: Ian, John, Mani and (the illusive) Reni sat in a row, announcing their return and their plans for 2012 which included a world tour (of festival headlines) and teased us with the promise of a new album.

It was an agonising wait; the surprise gig at Warrington Parr Hall was a welcome distraction and a bootleg leaked days later gave us our first glimpse of The Stone Roses 2012. Finally June came around and many made the trip out to Barcelona for the first official gig. I had to wait until the end of the month to see them at the first day of their 3-day residence at Heaton Park, a fantastic day and an amazing gig (my first: a long time coming!) that I will always treasure. I also got very last minute tickets to V Festival at Chelmsford were the band were a well-oiled machine and put in a technically superior show after a solid couple of months of touring the world. It was a joy to get all my photos from the two gigs printed out and put in one album that covers my Stone Roses' summer, a document that for the longest time I never thought would be in my collection!

My life has changed completely in this ten-year period, in 2007 I left a bitter long-term relationship and met my soulmate, in September 2009 we got married and in the middle of the excitement of The Stone Roses return, we welcomed our first child into the world, a gorgeous baby girl born in February 2012. And at the end of my journey, I have somehow written a book charting my memories and experiences of this decade (and my earlier fascination of the band), which I have finished and will shortly be presenting to publishers! It's been one unrivalled roller coaster ride, which I've enjoyed sharing with so many people, I've been able to speak to people all around the world, on most of the continents that I would not have otherwise been able and I've enjoyed engaging with other fans over the years on the Don't Stop Forum. I just want to say a big thank you to every single person that's taken the time to get in contact over the years, has visited one of my sites, or who has contributed on the forum, you've made the journey that much more enjoyable.

And with the promise of a brand new Stone Roses album and a documentary of the band's triumphant return, there's plenty more to enjoy yet. I can't promise you another ten years of active support for the band as I'm very much enjoying family life but as long as there's The Stone Roses, there'll be Don't Stop...

Until the wheels fall off!


26.07.2012

we could be astronauts, debut album, 2012STUART FLETCHER TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM

Ex-Seahorses & Yards bassist Stuart Fletcher is all set to release his first album with his current band We Could Be Astronauts. The 5-piece from York provide a heavier backdrop than Stuart's previous bands, a welcome break according to him when we spoke in interview whilst I was writing my forthcoming book From Crucifixion To Resurrection:

PS: "The music seems a lot heavier/high powered, how does playing live with the 'Astronauts compare to other bands you've played in? Do you prefer playing the higher paced material?"

SF: "Absolutely. I've really found my niche with this band. Our gigs are really powerful and I've always enjoyed the more fast paced heavy stuff. It's a million miles away from Chris's music but each has its place. I like the fact we are starting from the bottom and doing it the same way every other band has to these days. We want to do gigs because we believe in the songs and the show and genuinely like playing the material as we all feel involved in its creation."

The album is now available to preorder along with tickets to live shows, just select a contribution to the album's release project and choose yourself a 'perk' which range in rarity and offer such treats as limited physical copies, signed copies to the spectualar 'The Catastrophist' Perk which includes a poster, signed drum skin and even your name included in the liner notes! (£50 pledge required, limited to 5).

Visit their official site to listen to a selection of the tunes on offer for the album, including the rocking 'The Catastrophist'.



10.07.2012

the stone roses, the return, 2012CHRISTOPHER BRAHNEY RIP

After the very sad news regarding our lost Roses brother Chris Brahney, 22 who went missing after The Stone Roses gig at Heaton Park, Manchester, I decided to take down the Don't Stop website and forum for 24 hours as a mark of respect.

I was so saddened to learn that this all happened whilst I was still having one of the best nights of my life, life keeps reminding us to keep everything in perspective and to always appreciate the lives we live and the people around us at all times.

My thoughts are with Chris' family and friends in this difficult and very sad time. I'm sure all of the visitors to my sites and forum will echo my sentiment. Visit the Facebook group for Chris to leave any messages.


27.06.2012

the stone roses, the return, 20126 MUSIC'S ULTIMATE STONE ROSES PLAYLIST

BBC 6Music are planning a 2-hour fan-sourced show dedicated to the Roses this Sunday (1st July), listen in from 6-8pm. The producers are hoping to put together an amazing show; playing their hits, b-sides, rarieties, influences, bands they’ve inspired, etc and are looking for fans to suggest track to add to their playlist.

Visit their blog for more details and their Spotify playlist to add tracks and get involved, alternatively you can catch up with their Twitter hashtag: #Roses6Music.


26.06.2012

the stone roses, the return, 2012THE STONE ROSES LP PLAYED IN FULL FOR FIRST TIME IN HISTORY

The Roses played another successful gig at Lyon last night (25th June) ahead of this weekend's main event at Heaton Park. The band played their longest set so far at 19 songs, which also included every track off the Roses' debut album, this was the first time ever that the band had played the 1989 eponymous album in full.

The album obviously runs: 'I Wanna Be Adored', I Wanna Be Adored', 'She Bangs The Drums', 'Waterfall', 'Don't Stop', 'Bye Bye Badman', 'Elizabeth My Dear', '(Song For My) Sugar Spun Sister', 'Made Of Stone', 'Shoot You Down', 'This Is The One' and 'I Am The Resurrection'. The full Lyon setlist was as follows:

01.I Wanna Be Adored
02.Mersey Paradise
03.Sugar Spun Sister
04.Sally Cinnamon
05.Where Angels Play
06.Shoot You Down
07.Bye Bye Badman
08.Ten Storey Love Song
09.Standing Here
10.Fools Gold
11.Something's Burning
12.Waterfall
13.Don't Stop
14.Love Spreads
15.Made Of Stone
16.This Is The One
17.She Bangs The Drums
18.Elizabeth My Dear
19.I Am The Resurrection



20.06.2012

the stone roses, love spreads, 2012LOVE SPREADS RAP LYRICS

We were talking about this on the forum tonight and I thought that it warranted a short story here. We've worked out what we think is Ian's rap as featured in the live, updated version of 'Love Spreads' (the lyrics based on what can be heard on the Amsterdam recording that has surfaced).

I worked out the mid-section onwards and the first section comes courtesy of Tibian / candy_floss_girl who noticed that the first lines are taken from 'Paid in Full' by Eric B and Rakim.


A pen and a paper, a stereo, a tape
All this with a nice big plate of
Fish, which is my favourite dish
But without no money it’s just a wish
Now I don’t have to dream about getting paid
I dig into the books of the rhymes I've made
I hit the studio and get paid in full

Sugar spun sisters outgoing the distance
Get me, I’m seeking some assistance
High in the realms tonight,
Sky-high like a meteorite
I’m easy like the holy ghost
Ain’t no voice, it’s just a toast
High in the realms tonight,
Sky-high like a meteorite

Stone Roses all the rage
Stone Roses up on the stage
Not a pause, down the doors
Let’s have a round of applause



16.06.2012

from crucifixion to resurrection, paul stevens, 2012YOUR STORIES/PICS/CREATIONS ARE NEEDED!

Work on my book continues to progress as it's away with my editor. I now plan to include a Chapter/Appendix of fan content with stories of why the Roses are such a special band for other fans, why their reunion has never been far from our hearts and minds and why they are still such an important band. I want to include as many fan stories/photos/Roses-inspired creations as possible.

I'm after your: a) Stories: memories of the band, how you discovered them, what's special about them, stories of meeting any of them, stories of going to gigs. b) Photos: that you've taken of any of the recent Roses events including in-gig shots of the band, meeting the band, merchandise, wristbands, ticket stubs, the stage set up, the audience. I'm also after any photos you've taken over the years from any Ian Brown / John Squire solo gigs since my book focuses on the period Second Coming 1994 - Heaton Park 2012. c) Creations: have you written any Roses influenced poetry (that has not yet been published), created any Roses inspired artwork (I've already got some great examples in the Your Art section of my John Squire Gallery).

Please email me any and all your contributions to my hotmail account at johnsquireunofficial@hotmail.com, with your help I will be able to create a fantastic and unique archive that will represent how the fans regard the band and hopefully reflect a lot of the community spirit that exists on the Don't Stop Forum. Please let me know how you would like to be credited in the book (i.e. full name, username, etc). Thank you in advance, I appreciate any and all your efforts and look forward to editing them together into one definitive section, your efforts will really make this idea work!

I've had a lot of good content already, for stories, some members have found it useful to have some specific questions to talk about and so the following is just meant as a guide to consider various themes to discuss and not intended as a rigid interview, feel free to go off-topic as you see fit! You can write as much or as little as you'd like but I guess around 200-500 words would be ideal.


Can you recall the very first you heard the Roses?


How did you get into the band properly?


When/how did you realise that there was something different / something special about the Roses?


Did you see the Roses live first time around 1985-1996 / How many times have you seen the band live?


Do you have any stand out memories of live performances (Roses/Brown/Squire solo, etc)?


Do you have any particular favourite songs, if so why do they stand out for you?


Are you a ‘The Stone Roses’ or ‘Second Coming’ chap/gal?


Have you ever met any of the Roses if yes, what are your memories of the experience?


Did you want the Roses to reform prior to the announcement?


Do you think the Roses could better their first two albums with new material?


Will you be attending any of the Heaton Park gigs at the end of June? Do you feel a sense that it will be the height of the reunion?




As I say, only some guide questions, talk about absolutely anything you care to!



13.06.2012

the stone roses, the third coming exhibiton, 2012THE THIRD COMING EXHIBITION

The Stone Roses: The Third Coming
Whiteleys, Bayswater, London, W2 4YN
13th June - 12th August. Admission: FREE


Legendary Stone Roses photographers Ian Tilton, Kevin Cummins and Paul Slattery have collaborated for the first time, bringing a definitive exhibition of the most iconic Roses photographs under one exhibition in London.

Don't Stop attended the private viewing on Tuesday evening and The Space quickly filled as the press, etc stepped out to get the first look at this collection. The exhibition features large scale prints, the majority made up of photographs from the first coming circa 1988-1990 (with only one Second Coming era piece and possibly two from the early / So Young era). It features pieces such as Cummins' Pollacked Roses shoot (arguably the most iconic Roses image), Slattery's live Spike Island shots and Tilton's Other Side Of Midnight set.

The exhibition is open now and runs until 12th August 2012. The prints are all hand-signed, numbered and available to purchase, strictly limited from runs of 10 to 50. Prices start at £600 + VAT. Also available are hand-signed Ian Tilton postcard box sets.

Kevin Cummins
20" x 24" & 30" x 40" edition of 50: £900 + VAT

Paul Slattery
20" x 24" edition of 50: £600 + VAT
30" x 40" edition of 10: £1000 + VAT

Ian Tilton
20" x 24" edition of 50: £600 + VAT
30" x 40" edition of 10: £1000 + VAT





10.06.2012

the stone roses, war and peace, 2012WAR AND PEACE REVIEW

"The Stone Roses - War And Peace"
Simon Spence
Viking, £20


Originally planned in collaboration with Reni (and promising over 70 new interviews) it was very much discussed on the Don't Stop Forum in the months that lead to its release and as such there was much expectation. I tried to avoid talk of the book so I could approach it with an open mind when I finally came to review it and I was thrilled to find it a genuinely enthralling read; easily my favourite of the big Roses biographies. Despite all I have read and known on the subject of the band over the years, I was surprised at the plethora of new information presented by Spence to keep me entertained, particularly in the first half of the book.

The whole thing is fiercely entertaining and flows superbly; the chapter's subject selection is logical, he gives a focused account with them all and you can feel the author's passion for the band in every paragraph. One of the few drawbacks for me is the sheer amount of people name-checked in some chapters (particularly around 'Second Coming' and the Zomba/Silvertone lawsuit) which is a little tricky to keep track of who is who at times.

The early chapters are the most informative with Spence masterfully telling the story of their formative years. It was a treat to see the vast selection of early band photos too as well as the various promotional literature and press releases from first label Thin Line and various notes from producer John Leckie.

Overall it is a joy to read that is hard to put down and a very successful Stone Roses biography that tells the band's first two comings nicely in the time when we're all excited about their third!


The book is available now from amazon.co.uk where it is currently priced at £11.20 (Hardback).


08.06.2012

the stone roses, the return, 2012THE ROSES ROCK THE RAZZ

And so the Roses Resurrection is now in full force after playing their first proper gig this evening at the Club Razzmatazz in Barcelona, Spain. Everyone in attendance raved about the performance with some calling it the Roses greatest gig ever (by Twitter). The band played a longer set than last month's debut at Warrington with a number of set changes: 'Ten Storey Love Song' got its debut as did their trademark tune 'Fools Gold' but the band still chose to hold back on any new material.

For those of us that couldn't be at the gig again, it was great to watch the whole thing unfold again on the Don't Stop Forum, I was joined by another 100 fans who spent the evening on the boards watching as the songs were revealed via Twitter, etc.

The band are back to the venue tomorrow night, join us again on the forum. The full setlist is confirmed as below:


01.I Wanna Be Adored
02.Sally Cinnamon
03.Mersey Paradise
04.Ten Storey Love Song
05.Where Angels Play
06.Shoot You Down
07.Waterfall
08.Fools Gold
09.Standing Here
10.She Bangs The Drums
11.Made Of Stone
12.This Is The One
13.Love Spreads

Encore:
14.I Am The Resurrection


the stone roses, the return, 2012


30.05.2012

the stone roses, war and peace, 2012WAR AND PEACE: WIN A COPY!

Simon Spence releases his book: "The Stone Roses - War And Peace" on 7th June, Viking, £20. The book features interviews with over 80 key characters in the Roses story and promises to dispel the myths and tell the inside story of the "media-shy foursome", it also includes around 40 unseen photographs. A full review will be posted shortly.

As part of the promotion of the book, Don't Stop has gratefully received a copy to give away to one lucky visitor. To enter this competition simply answer the following question:

"When was drummer Reni's last gig with the band (prior to the reunion) ?"

Email your answer (the town, venue and month/year) to admin@john-squire.com. Entries must be received by Midnight Tueday 5th June, one winner will be picked at random and contacted shortly after.

The book is also available to pre-order from amazon.co.uk where it is currently priced at £11.20.


Updated 6th June: Competition has now closed, the winner has been picked and notified. Thanks to everyone who entered.


29.05.2012

the stone roses, the return, 2012ANOTHER NME COVER FEATURE

Tomorrow's NME will once again feature The Stone Roses on its cover. As you can see from the photo (right), there's new pics to be seen from last Wednesday's last minute gig at Warrington Parr Hall and promises stories from "back stage and down the front at the shock comeback".

The article also features an interview with Liam Gallagher and a brief chat with Cressa. In shops tomorrow. Full details on nme.com.



24.05.2012

the stone roses, the return, 2012FOOTAGE LEAKED

All early reviews of The Stone Roses last minute gig at Warrington Parr Hall last night point to a massively successful comeback with all members putting in an absolutely blinding performance. The band played a set mostly from the first album era but with a couple of 'Second Coming' tracks and early b-sides played as well.

Already the footage has started to appear but so far it's only 10 second or so clips from mobiles, etc but one piece that is fairly interesting is a piece of audio supposedly from the band's soundcheck (see below). It is listed as a new song on the youtube page but on closer inspection, it's a slowed down version of 'Sally Cinnamon' with alternative lyrics about a little monkey at Chester Zoo! "And then I saw / and then I saw / and then I saw a little monkey / staring back at me".

Story Updated 25.05.2012
This has caused some debate with most now insisting that this is a spoof, I obviously found it a fairly convincing one! But I suppose listening to the track back to back with the live 'Sally Cinnamon' (that has since emerged), the vocal sounds a bit more like '89 Ian than '12 Ian. It was fun getting all caught up in the moment on Wednesday evening / Thursday but I'll leave with you to decide on its authenticity until it's denounced officially! Still with only a month until the Heaton Park gigs, it's certainly an exciting time to be a Roses fan!

Viva la Resurrection!


Hop onto the forum for the very latest!




23.05.2012

the stone roses, the return, 2012STONE ROSES PLAY FIRST GIG SINCE 1996

And so The Stone Roses played their first gig of the Resurrection at Warrington Parr Hall this evening. They walked on stage shortly after 9.30pm and launched straight into 'I Wanna Be Adored'. There were no new songs debuted but there were two 'Second Coming' era tracks played.

I joined the 213 other visitors on the forum to watch as the minute-by-minute events unfolded. The confirmed full set ran:

1. I Wanna Be Adored
2. Mersey Paradise
3. Sally Cinnamon
4. Made Of Stone
5. Sugar Spun Sister
6. Where Angels Play
7. Shoot You Down
8. Tightrope
9. Waterfall
10. She Bangs The Drums
11. Love Spreads


A few blurry photos have turned up so far but we await some decent shots and any footage, hop onto the forum for the very latest!



23.05.2012

the stone roses, the return, 2012STONE ROSES WILL PLAY FREE GIG TONIGHT!

The Stone Roses will play a short set tonight (Wednesday 23rd May) at Warrington Parr Hall.

This is a free concert. Fans can collect one wristband per person from the Warrington Pyramid box office (next to Warrington Parr Hall) from 4pm today.

To qualify for a free ticket to this very special warm up show fans will need to take a Stone Roses CD inlay cover, record sleeve, official band t-shirt or Heaton Park ticket with them to the Pyramid box office in order to get a wrist band. All entrants must be aged 14+.

Doors will be at 8pm.

The charity HUGS ('Helping Uganda Schools') will be collecting donations at the venue.


So here it is: the start of the resurrection! Hopefully some great photos will appear for us all far from the venue to enjoy! Well done in advance to everyone who secures a wristband, have an absolutely fantastic time, I look forward to hearing about it on the forum.


22.05.2012

stone roses, 3 brand new songs, 2012STONE ROSES HAVE 3 OR 4 NEW SONGS WRITTEN

An interview with Stone Roses film writer Chris Coghill published on the BBC website revealed some very exciting news. According to Coghill, the Roses "have at least three or four new tracks written", absolutely fantastic news for all hoping for new material, hopefully we'll get to hear one or two at the forthcoming gigs.

The film is set against the backdrop of their legendary 1990 gig at Spike Island and Coghill who hopes to see it released by November also revealed that the band had given the film their blessing: "I'm mates with Mani and I know Ian a bit, and when we first started talking about it, I emailed them both an outline of what we wanted to do and they said, 'You have our support, you have our blessing, whatever you need.'"

Visit the BBC website for the full article.



21.05.2012

all the colours fade, james wilson, 2012ALL THE COLOURS FADE

Don't Stop visitor and author James Wilson releases his debut Stone Roses themed book. 'All the Colours Fade' is a collection of short prose poems and stories inspired by the songs of The Stone Roses. Each chapter focuses on one Stone Roses song and Wilson reinterprets each in the form of short stories, etc re-examining each in his unique style, subtly working in key lyrics in places.

'All the Colours Fade' is available now from amazon.co.uk, currently priced at £5.62 delivered or a bargain price of £1.95 for the Kindle edition.



19.04.2012

the stone roses, independent interview with paul stevensSTONE ROSES FAN INTERVIEW FEATURE

The Independent On Sunday are planning a feature to speak to fans covering four artists (acts that have big dates coming up this Summer). The Roses were obviously on their list and I am grateful that they decided to approach me for the feature, of course I was delighted to participate and undertook an hour long phone interview earlier this week.

I was asked a range of questions including how I got into the band, why they stood out for me above all others and my views on the reformation among other things. I was also asked about my work on this site and my current book project.

I'm very much looking forward to seeing how the full article works out. Apparently it will feature in their Weekend Magazine on Sunday 6th May.


Updated: Read the interview/article online now.


19.04.2012

the stone roses, ian tilton, kevin cummins & paul slatteryPHOTOGRAPHER TRIO TO EXHIBIT WORK

A forthcoming exhibition featuring photographs taken by a trio of renowed Stone Roses photographers is to take place in London. Works by Kevin Cummins, Paul Slattery and Ian Tilton go on show this Summer at Whiteleys Shopping Centre in Bayswater, London and will consist of live shots including those from Spike Island, album cover shoots and some previously unseen images.

According to the official press release: "This unique exhibition documents the band’s rapid ascent from the small club scene in Manchester to arenas in Japan and their legendary Spike Island concert. All the key moments of their career are illustrated: on the road, live on stage, in the studio and formal (yet somehow still very informal) portrait sessions with three legendary photographers who had intimate and exclusive access."

The Stone Roses: The Third Coming show opens 13th June and will run until 12th August and is set to feature over 70 photographs as well as memorabilia.

More information for the event is available here



01.04.2012

the stone roses, sally cinnamon, matt squire, 2012SIGNED 'SALLY CINNAMON' PRINTS

Matt Squire has released a series of 'Sally Cinnamon' signed prints. The prints are 11.7" x 16.5" 310g.s.m. heavyweight Hahnemuhle German Etching using the Giclée process with Epson UltraChrome K3 Inks for maximum stability.

The prints are fully signed by the band (Squire/Brown/Mani/Reni), hand numbered by Matt and are strictly limited to a series of 100.

The original photo was taken by Matt outside a newsagent on Grosvenor Street off Oxford Road, Manchester in early 1987 (25 years ago). It was used for the band's 2nd single of the same title, which was released by Revolver Records.

They are now available on eBay at a price of £200.

For a show case of Matt's other work, visit his website.







01.04.2012

aziz ibrahim, rusholme rock, 2012AZIZ IBRAHIM 'RUSHOLME ROCK'

So after twelve years we finally have an official second offering from Aziz Ibrahim. The 'full' line up of the band is the same as was debuted live around their support slot to Ian Brown's legendary Esher gig: the 'Aziz band' consists of Aziz and percussion virtuoso Dalbir Singh.

Here the two of them have created something special. This collection starts off with their cover of 'I Fought The Law'; it starts with a very heavy intro before revealing its true melodic nature with some beautiful guitar work. 'Xen and Now' is a modern 'Morassi' style soundscape of a near zen meditation nature, meticulously crafted with a montage of different sounding sections, stitched together deftly; hints of Ian Brown's 'One Way Ticket To Paradise' (co-written by Aziz) even sneak in at around 6 minutes in, which is a nice surprise. Aziz's debut EP 'Middle Road' (first released in 2000) is next up and although I personally prefer the original version; this version is perfectly at home in this collection. 'Kills Me' also receives a make over but here it improves the track greatly.

Morassi was the track that really started it off for Aziz but here it is again reworked: It's a piece that's just seemed to have evolved on its own accord, it is treated to a much slower paced start, just allowing it to creep into your peripheral senses before developing into a much spacier sounding instrumental whichs sound a little Pink Floyd-like at times. Aziz has really taken it to another dimension but pieces of the original still remain fully intact including the section that also made up the intro to Ian Brown's second album 'Golden Greats': if a picture is worth a thousand words then this symphony is worth a thousand notes (to be fair it probably exceeds this - in the literal sense). His version of 'My Star' is a very welcome addition, very much an acoustic, stripped back version at times but every bit as mesmerising at the original. The collection ends off with the stormy intro to 'Heavens' Rain', which is another formidable soundscape.

'Rusholme Rock' is an eclectic collection of works, which has been intelligently constructed from the first note to the last and is definitely worth taking the time out of anyone's overly-hectic working day to enjoy and unwind.


It is now available to order from iTunes at the bargain price of £5.99 and from amazon shortly.



31.03.2012

chris helme, the rookery, 2012CHRIS HELME 'THE ROOKERY' PREORDER

Chris Helme (ex-Seahorses, ex-Yards) has completed work on his brand new solo album, 'The Rookery'. The album will be released on 6th April 2012 and is now available for preorder through his website at www.chrishelme.co.uk. Also featured on the site are clips from the album, a full video of 'Good To Be In Love' and an interview style video where Chris talks about the making of the album.

The album itself features a fine collection of songs with Helme's signature haunting vocal and a great backing band. I particularly like the sound of the bluesy 'Pleased' and soulful 'Set In Stone'. Chris also announces a busy schedule of live dates for the next few months.

Two special gigs have been put together to launch the album; the first is at the Sacred Trinity Church in Salford on Friday 20th April and the second is at the St Pancreas Old Church in London on Thursday 31st May. Both promise to be very special evenings in attractive surroundings: tickets can be purchased here.

You can preorder his album from his shop now and also download versions of both The Yards studio albums: 'The Yards' and 'Imperial Measures' and their fantastic live set 'Live At The Minster'.


To read a first review of the album, click here.



28.03.2012

the stone roses, the return, 2012HEATON PARK SUPPORT CONFIRMED

The Stone Roses confirm the line up of supports acts for the Heaton Park gigs. A fantastic and surprising act for attendees of the Friday gig is a Mani-less Primal Scream, who are soon to release their tenth studio album rumoured to return to the psychodelic roots of 'Screamadelica'.


Friday 29th June
Primal Scream
The Wailers
The Vaccines
Kid British

Saturday 30th June
Beady Eye
The Wailers
Professor Green
Hollie Cook

Sunday 1st July
Plan B
The Wailers
The Justice Tonight Band (feat. Mick Jones, Pete Wylie & The Farm)
Dirty North


In other news the band confirm headline slots for: Club Razzmatazz, Barcelona (Friday 8th June), Club Razzmatazz, Barcelona (Saturday 9th June) and Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam (Tuesday 12th June). For a full list of the latest 2012 gigs, please see the Gigography.




06.03.2012

stone roses, war & peace, simon spence, 2012STONE ROSES LITERATURE

With all the excitement of the recent Stone Roses reunion there seems to be no shortage of new books flooding the market. First up and most interestingly is 'Stone Roses: War & Peace' by Simon Spence and is the official biography; it claims to feature over 100 interviews with the key figures and take us "inside their world for the first time".

Ian Tilton is also releasing a new book; 'The Stone Roses: I Wanna Be Adored' is due out 13th June (no real details as to what is included yet) and John Robb has even updated his 'Resurrection Of British Pop' (due out 5th April) book to include the recent events.

And then there's my own work in progress (title to be announced) which focuses on events from the release of Second Coming, through to the collapse of the band, following the paths they took as individual artist which ultimately lead them back together. I've intertwined it with my own story: how I discovered the Roses, my highs and lows to hopefully give it a unique fan's perspective. I have just completed my first draft but as this is my first attempt at anything like this I have no release date at present but I plan to get it out by late Summer through one avenue or another!


Stone Roses: War & Peace
by Simon Spence out 07/06/2012

The Stone Roses: I Wanna Be Adored
by Ian Tilton out 13/06/2012

The Stone Roses And The Resurrection of British Pop: The Reunion Edition
by John Robb 05/04/2012


Thanks to Michela at The Stone Roses - Pagina Italiana for the links.



23.02.2012

dont stop, 1989, for saleDON'T STOP... FOR SALE

After Alan McGee's recent auctions where he listed his John Squire original 'Jesus And Mary' (2007), another original has made its way to auction. This time it's long-lost piece 'Don't Stop' which was specially commissioned by the NME in 1989 for their Christmas competition and was given away to one lucky winner!

Previously I had only seen the pictures (and related articles) that appeared in the NME as it was not one that made it into the 2004 ICA Stone Roses exhibition as I assume it has remained in private collection(s) since its 1989 giveaway.

Now the piece has emerged on an auction site with a guide price of £8,000 - £10,000. This is a fairly huge piece, measuring in at 3' x 5' and is instantly recognisable as a Squire piece from this era, reminding me "of the original 'Made Of Stone' piece 'Cody Calling' and to a lesser extent, the original piece 'Untitled 1'" (Paul Stevens, 2006).

It is extremely nice to see some additional, full-size images of this long-lost and lesser known piece.

For more information and images, visit here.



10.01.2012

stone roses for piano, second symphony, 2012STONE ROSES FOR PIANO 2

In mid 2010 I stumbled across a download album with a curious picture of a 'pollocked' piano model bearing the title 'Stone Roses For Piano'. I found the collection of reinterpretations moving and beautifully deconstructed and re-imagined. I got in touch with musician Richard Thomas at the time who gave an exclusive interview (please check out 2010's News Archive). As well as talking about his history and inspiration behind his project he promised a second collection would follow which would include some Second Coming tracks.

Now, happily that collection has been released, with the suitably fitting title 'Second Symphony' and a matching new piano model. The collection includes 'Ten Storey Love Song' (perfect for a piano re-take), 'Elephant Stone', 'She Bangs The Drums' (unexpected but intelligently re-imagined), 'Going Down', 'You Star Will Shine', 'Mersey Paradise', 'Elizabeth My Dear', 'This Is The One' (one of my personal favourites) and 'One Love' (possibly providing the most unique track of this album).

To purchase 'Second Symphony' and listen to samples, click here.







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