The style and attitude of the Rolling Stones defined rock and roll.
Their “take no prisoners” performances and catchy songs influenced Bowie, the Replacements, the Ramones, the Sex Pistols, Elton John, Iggy Pop…and the list goes on.
Keith Richards and Mick Jagger started playing music together in London in 1960. They were heavily influenced by the blues, especially its gritty, sexual side. By 1963 they had Charlie Watts on drums and Brian Jones on guitar.
The band’s name comes from a Muddy Waters song.
The Rolling Stone’s first demo tape was rejected by EMI. They didn’t give up. Instead they dove into performing and recording a new blend of blues and rock n’ roll.
Since their 1963 Chuck Berry cover “Come On” made the charts in 1963, the band has scored dozens and dozens of hits. Their vast international audience has been dedicated to them for decades.
You can follow the Stones’ transformation from awkward, brave teenagers to seasoned rock gods in the new documentary Crossfire Hurricane.
The Stones have been busy in the studio lately. Mick Jagger will be 70 this year and he is currently, as we speak, on tour.
“Some guy said to me: ‘Don’t you think you’re too old to sing rock n’ roll?’
I said: ‘You’d better check with Mick Jagger.'” – Cher
The new Rolling Stones single “Doom and Gloom” comes with an uncensored video.
The Rolling Stones perform in London tonight at the 02 Arena. Full tour dates at rollingstones.com. The film documentary will be available January 15th, 2013. Pre-order it here.
Tune in to DJ Michele Myers Friday nights at 9pm on KEXP radio, kexp.org. Music historian and producer, Michele’s made over 200 radio stories for KEXP Documentaries. She’s also written scripts, lesson plans and features for Experience Music Project, University of Washington and NPR.