Bill Wyman was born in London in 1936, and joined The Rolling Stones in 1962. Although best known for his music, Bill has pursued many other interests since leaving the stones in 1993. Bill is considered the unofficial archivist of the band; he is a prolific collector, photographer, and has kept diaries since a young age. He also has a great interest in history, archaeology and metal detecting. Bill is a published author of twelve books including Stones From The Inside, Stone Alone, Wyman Shoots Chagall, Bill Wyman’s Blues Odyssey and Rolling With The Stones.
His latest book, Billy in the Wars, is the illustrated memoir of ex-Rolling Stone Bill Wyman, recalling his experiences as a young boy growing up in wartime Britain. Bill brings history to life through the personal lens of his childhood memories, where grim anecdotes of war are punctuated by moving moments of childhood innocence and joy. Three-year-old William George Perks (now Bill Wyman) was living with his parents and brother in working-class Sydenham, South London, when war broke out. Over the coming years he experienced endless terrifying hours spent in air-raid shelters, the constant droning of doodlebugs overhead, a near miss with a German fighter-bomber, and evacuations from London to new rural adventures. Out of a backdrop of constant fear and hunger, Bill learned the importance of persistence, courage and resilience; values that ultimately led him out of his neighborhood and on to a vast and exciting future.
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