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Welcome to Beggars Banquet Online.

Beggars Banquet was the official Rolling Stones newsletter for many years. It was founded in 1978 by a sixteen-year-old Stones fan in Brooklyn, New York. Bill German launched his "fanzine" from the mimeograph room of his high school.

When the Stones -- who were also living in New York -- learned of German's creation, they took him under their wing. They declared Beggars Banquet their official newsletter and advertised it in one of their albums. German was granted unrivaled access to the band and documented their every move. In the studio, in their homes, and on tour. He even wrote a book with guitarist Ron Wood, titled "The Works."

Although German folded Beggars Banquet in 1996, this web site looks back at its history. German's new book, Under Their Thumb (published by Random House/Villard), further details his unlikely journey with the greatest rock 'n' roll band in the world.

 


 

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