The iconic Brit-pop band The Stone Roses became an overnight sensation when their 1989 eponymous album went double platinum. It was a recording that is still often listed as one of the best albums ever made. Its chiming guitar riffs, anthemic melodies, and Smiths-like pop sensibility elevated The Stone Roses to a cult-like status in the UK and put them on the map in the U.S. But theirs is a story of unfulfilled success: their star imploded as their sophomore effort took years to complete and the band broke up acrimoniously in 1996. Sixteen years later, they have reunited for a world tour, thrilling fans around the globe in one of the most successful reunion tours ever.
With one hundred interviews of key figures, forty rare photographs, and exclusive insider material including how they created their music, The Stone Roses chart the band's rise from the backwaters of Manchester to become the stars of the "Madchester" scene to their 2011 reunion. Going beyond the myths to depict a band that defined Brit-pop, Simon Spence illustrates their incandescent talent and jaw-dropping success while contextualizing them in the 90s music scene. This is the definitive story of The Stone Roses.