Philip Norman was born in London and brought up on the Isle of Wight. He joined the Sunday Times at the age of twenty-two, soon gaining a reputation as Atticus columnist and for his profiles of figures as diverse as Elizabeth Taylor, P. G. Wodehouse and Colonel Gaddafi. In 1981 he published SHOUT!, a ground-breaking biography of the Beatles, a bestseller in both Britain and the US. He has also written the definitive lives of Sir Elton John and Buddy Holly and his journalism has been published in three collections. He is married with a daughter and lives in London.
'The Stones are lucky to have found a biographer of Philip
'An elegiac book, a record of evanescence as much as of
durability, and it reminds us of an epoch that threw up lions with
no more energy than it threw out losers'
`Wonderfully unravels the social history of that extraordinary
time, and does not pull any punches'
`Details their amazing career and lifestyle...After reading this
account one cannot help but marvel that they have survived'
`Read it as a cautionary tale of success becoming excess...read
it through a haze of nostalgia that will send you back to the early
indifferently produced LPs - and the singles whose power derives
from the simplest riffs and the most indelible memories of the
Sixties. But read it'
John Walsh in Books and Bookmen