The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones – this name probably contains the entire history of rock from the second half of the 20th century. It is with them that the biggest and loudest events, scandals and excesses are associated, i.e. sex & drugs & rock’n’roll. Most of today’s rock musicians refer to them. The band that was marketed as the opposite of The Beatles has become an oracle, role model, standard-maker, classic.
The Rolling Stones started with the first band of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards – Little Boy Blue And The Blue Boys. The name changed soon and in 1962 the band The Rolling Stones was formed. The name for the most famous rock group in the world was taken by Jagger from a song by the legendary American bluesman, Muddy Waters.
The Stones achieved great fame in the 1960s, which was manifested by crowds of hysterically responsive female fans and fans at concerts and millions of singles and records sold. The hits from “Paint It Black”, “Ruby Tuesday”, “Sympathy For The Devil” and “Satisfaction”, whose guitar riff was considered a contemporary equivalent of the theme of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, have become immortal. In the first period, the Rolling Stones referred stylistically to “black” American music, one could hear clear inspirations from the works of Chuck Berry and blues. The core of the team at that time were Mick Jagger, Kieth Richards and Brian Jones.
However, tragic events also took place during that period – most notably the memorable concert in Altamont, California (1969), which was supposed to be Jagger’s response to the Woodstock festival (where the Stones did not perform), and resulted in several fatalities. The group members abusing alcohol and drugs were punished several times for drug possession. Guitarist Brian Jones, who was soon replaced by Mick Taylor, also died at that time.
Despite everything, the 1970s were a streak of continued success by The Rolling Stones, successful albums and sold-out tours, on which Ronnie Wood from The Faces already played guitar. However, at the end of the 1970s, with the invasion of punk rock, the Rolling Stones for the youth turned from rebels into a symbol of the previous era, in line with the slogan “No Elvis, Beatles, Stones”.