The Acid King by Maggie Abbott Book Review

My Review of The Acid King by Maggie Abbott

Disclosure: I received a copy of his book in exchange for an honest and fair review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

As a self-confessed I.D. addict, I’m a huge fan of stories based on true crimes, so I was really excited to get a copy of The Acid King. It’s a fascinating fictionalized account of the 1967 Redlands drug bust that nearly ended one of the world’s most famous rock bands, The Rolling Stones. The Acid King details the events of a group of friends 17 years later when they discover the identity of the infamous Acid King, whose betrayal nearly cost them everything.

This book was a really fun read, especially going into it knowing of Maggie Abbott’s personal connections with Mick Jagger and the actual Acid King of the Redlands drug bust. The story is an exploration of what could have happened and she does an amazing job of bringing us back to that time. Her characters are well written and you become attached to their feelings of regret and pain from the event that transpired 17 years earlier and changed their lives. I especially loved the scenes revolving around the Jagger-inspired character, Pete, who read just as larger than life as the iconic rocker himself.

As someone with intimate knowledge of the Acid King and the The Rolling Stones, Abbott provides a captivating take on the event and lives it impacted. Having missed the infamous era of sex, drugs and anything goes, it was an awesome and surprising glimpse into a totally different culture.

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About Maggie:

The Acid King tells the fictionalized story of what she imagined could have happened afterwards.

Maggie Abbott started writing novels when she moved to Palm Springs after a long, successful show business career in Los Angeles, London, Rome, and New York.

A casual job as a secretary at the William Morris Agency in Rome introduced her to the exciting scene of Cleopatra, Fellini’s and The Pink Panther, with the city’s influx of big stars calling by the office every day, and triggered her lifelong love affair with movies.

Over the years, Maggie has enjoyed being in the most interesting places at the best of their times, while working as the movie agent for some exciting stars: Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Charlotte Rampling, Jacqueline Bisset, Martin Sheen, Raquel Welch, Christopher Plummer, Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Peter Sellers, Richard Chamberlain, Peter O’Toole, Britt Ekland, Ken Russell, John Boorman, and many more.

Somewhere in between, Maggie was the production assistant on three Broadway plays, and a producer and studio executive at Columbia Pictures where she developed and got production credits on two movies.

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