Former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor is the latest rocker to announce plans for a memoir. The 62-year-old musician who joined the Stones after the death of Brian Jones in 1969 promises an open, honest look at his time with the band.
"I want to write a book that is honest and truthful, especially about myself," Taylor told BANG Showbiz at an Ian Stewart tribute concert last night.
Taylor joined Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, ex-Rolling Stones bass player Bill Wyman at the event, the Examiner reports.
Included in the book will be Taylor’s reason for leaving the band during the height of its popularity, a move that puzzled many Stones fans.
“[Why I left will] be in my book,” he said. “It certainly wasn’t because I didn’t like the rest of the band, or had a huge falling out, or anything like that. It’s much more personal than that.”
Taylor cautions fans that his memoir won’t be a shocking account sex, drugs, and rock and roll like Keith Richard’s best-selling Life.
“I don’t want to write the kind of book that will shock people, about the scandals, sex, drugs, and rock and roll because Keith’s done that with his book,” Taylor said. “It’s a hard book to write. My time will come but it’s not yet.”
Taylor was a member of the legendary Rolling Stones from 1969 – 1974.
"I kind of loved it. I loved it and I hated it,” Taylor said, speaking of his time with the band. “The more successful the Stones became the more seriously they took themselves."