In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones comes MICK AND KEITH: NEVER STOP, a video-enhanced eBook featuring exclusive interviews with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards conducted by rock journalist and former TODAY show music correspondent, Rona Elliot. The enhanced eBook is available today through Apple's iBookstore.
MICK AND KEITH: NEVER STOP, released by NBC Publishing, features Elliot's interviews-produced by NBC's TODAY show-with the Rolling Stones frontmen along with her reflections on their enduring legacy. The eBook includes images of the band from famed rock photographers Henry Diltz, Bob Gruen, and Ebet Roberts, plus an original cartoon by New Yorker cartoonist Harry Bliss. A featured video introduction by Grammy-award winning musician, songwriter and producer Steve Jordan includes insight from someone who has worked with the Rolling Stones for almost 30 years on stage and in the studio.
"This book gives fans a real insight to how Mick and Keith think about the same things. The thing in the book that really sums it all up is Rona asking the one question to the both of them and then them answering completely differently," says Steve Jordan. "You get into the psyche of the band."
While Elliot has interviewed the individual members of the Stones many times over the years, the intimate access to Mick and Keith granted during a break from the band's legendary Steel Wheels tour resulted in two insightful and distinct conversations. Seen here at the top of their game, Mick and Keith's individual personalities uniquely unfold through their humor, charm, and candor.
With Mick sitting in New York's Waldorf Astoria clad in an elegant suit, and Keith lounging barefoot in an inside-out T-shirt fresh off his boat in Antigua, the two answer Elliot's questions on everything Stones, including: whether they knew "Satisfaction" was a hit right away, their disparate reflections on the innocence of their early fans, and whether they see their band as a "family" or a "gang". Even for die-hard Stones fans who think they know everything about these two icons, these interviews reveal Mick and Keith as never before.
For Elliot, this release is highly personal, having worked for over a decade to make her archival TODAY show interviews, from the NBC News Archives, available to those with a passion for rock 'n' roll. MICK AND KEITH: NEVER STOP is part fan letter, part memoir, and highlights Elliot's work as a music journalist and historian.
"I have been so fortunate in my life's work to meet, interview and form trusted relationships with music legends that we all love and respect…and Mick and Keith are right at the top of any list, mine to be sure," says Elliot. "Music has always been my animating passion! So, I'm thrilled to be able to share this with other Stones fans. These interviews were remarkable then, and are perhaps even more so now, as they celebrate 50 years together. The enhanced eBook makes this a personal experience for everyone, and absolute fun, too!"
"We are so thrilled to be working with Rona Elliot, a trailblazer in the world of rock journalism, and to have the opportunity to publish these rare and in-depth interviews for both die-hard fans and those yet to discover these icons of rock 'n' roll," said Michael Fabiano, General Manager and Vice President of NBC Publishing.
The book was designed for Apple's latest eBook platform, iBooks Author, which features a full multi-media, interactive experience. It is available from Apple's iBookstore today. The standard enhanced eBook edition-an eBook with all the same multi-media elements-will be available for iPhone/iPad Touch, Nook Color, Nook Tablet, and the Kindle App for iPad shortly. Please check www.nbcpublishing.com for the latest information.
MICK AND KEITH: NEVER STOP is available today, October 2, 2012. ORDER at http://www.nbcpublishing.com.