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The true pre-history of the Stones is plagued by hearsay, Chinese whispers and confusion. Myths have often become accepted as reality, with even band members' own personal recollections contradicting each other (and themselves!) on occasions. Alan Clayson has interviewed myriad Stones associates in order to present the most concise and accurate history of the band at their germination point - from their genesis across scattered boyhoods, all the way up to their 1963's chart breakthrough.