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January 27, 2017

Fantastic new book to check out

'New Barbarians: Outlaws, Gunslingers, and Guitars' By Rob Chapman

posted by Mike Walton

Every now and again something comes along that is just that bit extra special, and the release of the new hardcover book 'New Barbarians: Outlaws, Gunslingers, and Guitars' is one of those times. It covers in depth a period in not only Rolling Stones but also Faces history that was previously largely overlooked. With both Ronnie Wood and Ian McLagan involved in the band, we are sure this will be a must have addition to any Faces collection.
This lavish 200 page book tells the true story of the New Barbarians, the all-star band founded by Ronnie in 1979.

In 1979, Rolling Stones lead guitarist Ron Wood founded the New Barbarians. The group's all-star lineup included Wood's fellow Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, jazz bassist Stanley Clarke, former Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan, Stones confederate and saxophonist Bobby Keys, and drummer Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste from the Meters. The band formed in 1979, toured, and played its final concert in 1980--gone, but not forgotten. Now fans can learn the untold story of this legendary band, recounted through never-before-seen photography and in-depth interviews. The New Barbarians offers an intimate look at the brief history of a band that built a cult following in record time.
The band became known for hard-edged music, but it also gained notoriety for events such as the infamous riot at the New Barbarians' first concert in Milwaukee--a riot that broke out when the "special guests" did not appear during the show. This and more wild, rollicking stories are included in The New Barbarians, which features behind-the-scenes anecdotes about the band members as well as dirt about its famous tour, plus background on the widespread influence of its music.
Featuring never-before-published photography of the band by Bruce Silberman (who accompanied the New Barbarians on their US tour in 1979), this book is a feast for Faces/Stones fans and an essential contribution to rock and roll history.

We will be doing a full review of the book in issue 93 of SMILER magazine, but in the meantime Mike Walton caught up with the books author, Rob Chapman, to find out how the book came about ..and more!

SMILER- Hi Rob, Thanks for agreeing to give us the lowdown on your book. We are all big Ronnie fans here at SMILER so I know our members are going to love it...let's start at the beginning, how did the idea come about?

Rob - Well I always thought the New Barbarians era was more important than anyone realised.
so I was emailing Ronnie one night. We met many years ago and became friends, and said to him..somebody should do a book or a tour diary about the Barbarians with music. He replied..." got any ideas"?
The next day Ronnie's Manager was on copy and said: "Ronnie said you have some ideas about the New Barbarians"?..So I was off and running...

SMILER- So Ronnie knew all about the book, did he help you with it in any way?

Rob- Ronnie was a huge help and contributed many things, and at one point was emailing me 5-6 times a week. He actually told me about Mac falling in the shower back in December 2014. And at the Milwaukee Stones show in the summer of 2015 I went back stage and showed Ronnie tons of photos.

SMILER - The New Barbarians were formed by Ronnie to promote his 'Gimme Some Neck' album, but rumours of uncertainty behind the scenes in the Stones camp due to Keith getting busted for drugs a couple of years earlier in Canada surfaced at the time , how serious did it get?

Rob- The only thing I was told was that the Stones were not going to tour Europe in the summer of 1979, which broke tradition, and Ronnie had a short window before the Stones went in the studio to record what would become 'Emotional Rescue' and Keith needed to stay busy.

SMILER - Another band member much loved here on SMILER was Ian McLagan, did you know Mac?

Rob- I got to spend an evening with Mac at SXSW and talked to him about The New Barbarians a bit and the Faces way before the book was even a glimmer.

SMILER--I am going to do a review of the book in a future edition of SMILER , but I believe you have many unseen photos of the band included in the book?

Rob-Yes, many, many unreleased photo from rehearsals, the tour, and some regional photographers.

SMILER- What material did you find for the accompanying CD That Ronnie/Stones fans haven't heard before?

Rob - I basically got Rob Fraboni to master a bootleg from the MSG show and cut it up a bit, but I was careful not to to do any Jagger/Richards compositions, so basically it's half Ronnie songs and half covers.

SMILER- Ronnie does most of the vocals in The New Barbarians. What do you think of Ronnie singing?

Rob- I always loved his voice and it fit the music that was coming out the speakers.

SMILER- Did you know of Ronnie's 1974 'Friends' band that played Kilburn who he now refers to as The First Barbarians, before you first saw The New Barbarians?

Rob- I certainly knew of that band and owned the record, but I believe Jesse Wood called them the 'First Barbarians' when Ronnie's label 'Wooden Records' put out First Barbarians and New Barbarians (Buried Alive) in 2008. I believe that's the year.

SMILER- I remember when the band were on tour we heard reports in the UK music press of rioting at the end of a couple of shows as promoters were spreading rumours that special guests like Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart, David Bowie, and Robert Plant were going to join the band on stage was that true?

Rob- I was told by Stanley Clarke and some of the road guys that those rumors were started by Ronnie's then manager Jason Cooper who feared that the venues would not sell out if he did nt do a little push and that pissed Keith off , and ultimately got Jason Cooper kicked off the tour. The only special guests were Junior Wells in Chicago, Billy Preston in Los Angeles, and Sugar Blue at Knebworth.

SMILER- They did get to play with Robert Plant when the band supported Led Zeppelin at The Knebworth Festival in 1979, did you see that concert?

Rob- No, I did not see Knebworth.

SMILER- Another friend of SMILER Phil Chen took the place of Stanley Clarke at that concert.

Rob- Stanley told me that Phil was a great choice for bass and always admired him as a player.

SMILER- Thanks for taking time out to speak to us, I am sure our members will love this book.

Rob is also giving SMILER a signed copy of his book to give to one lucky SMILER member to be in with a chance of winning! Just answer the question...Who did Ronnie replace in the Rolling Stones?
Send your answers to

To order your copy of New Barbarians : Outlaws, Gunslingers, and Guitars Go to


Live photo By David J Uribe
Montage by Tommy Kevitt

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