A Thanet author and music historian has released a new book delving into the hundreds of Rolling Stones cover versions released over the decades.
Peter Checksfield, who lives in Birchington with partner Heather Carter, has published Undercover: 500 Rolling Stones Cover Versions That You Must Hear!
Peter says the Stones released their first original song ‘Stoned’ (a group-composed near-instrumental) as the UK B-side of their version of Lennon-McCartney’s ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’ in November 1963. Within 18 months they had written and recorded ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’, and had become The Beatles’ biggest musical rival.
He said: “In the 60 years since they started, there have been thousands of Rolling Stones cover versions.”
Peter says he listened to most of them and came up with the best 500, in a staggering variety of genres: Rock, Blues, Soul, Garage, Psych, Prog, Beat, Reggae, Ska, Pop, Funk, Disco, Country, Folk, Bluegrass, Rockabilly, Glam, Metal, Punk, New Wave, Indie, Gothic, Grunge, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Bossa Nova, World, Gospel, Electronica, Boogie Woogie, Jazz, even Cabaret, Polka and Classical.
Also included are a mammoth 130 exclusive interviews with many of the musicians involved. Which former Rolling Stone recorded ‘Play With Fire’ in the 90s? Whose favourite album is ‘Jamming with Edward’? What legendary Punk group wanted to cover the entire ‘Their Satanic Majesties Request’ but ran out of time after one song? Find out the answers in the book which is available now on Amazon for £17.95.
Find it at https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0BLR44FS5