Stanley Booth was born in Waycross, Georgia, USA. He graduated from what is now the University of Memphis. After living in New Orleans he returned to Memphis and started writing for a living. He wrote about such musical figures as Furry Lewis, Elvis Presley, B.B. King, Otis Redding, and then ventured to London, where, in 1968, he met and became friends with the Rolling Stones. In 1969, Booth accompanied the Stones on their tour of the US – the one that ended with a killing at Altamont, California. Booth is also the author of a collection of pieces intentionally misspelled Rythm Oil, and a biography of Keith Richards called Keith: Till I Roll Over Dead.