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The Rock-itt : June 2012
by the mums and dads of the era as anything but. The Rolling Stones were frowned upon by the previous generation as “Bad Arses” yet were heralded by their children as the ultimate in rebellion and anti establishment. Fronted by the man himself, Mick Jagger, these hard hitting pop, rock larrikins were virtually the other side of the coin to Herman’s Hermits and soon their popularity grew to such an extent that they slotted in behind the Beatles as number two in the world as most popular pop rock music band. But even though The Stones had great success in the early days of the sixties, it didn’t come without a price. The group’s grass roots member, guitarist Brian Jones, died at the very young age of 27, just as the band was peaking. It was a vicious blow to the other members of the group, but Jones had been dabbling in drugs and hitting the booze heavily for quite a while and it was almost inevitable that he would eventually pay the price for his addictions and was found drowned in his swimming pool. An autopsy proved he had drugs in his system. Brian was replaced by guitarist, Mick Taylor who really blended in well with the original m embers and as a result the harmony was once again restored, allowing them to really open up and deliver in full, their creative ability. They seemed to be more balanced now with Taylor on board and not only did their creative juices flow in the studio where they put out hit album, after hit album, they took their live performances also to a new level and once the Beatles had got off the touring merry go round which threatened to tear the group to pieces, the Stones took over as the “Number One” best live performing group in the world. Now well into their sixties themselves, the members of the Rolling Stones are multi-millionaires and although they need never play performances again from a financial point, they keep giving concerts to the delight of their legions of fans worldwide. They seem to be in a time zone from which there is no escape and I never thought I’d see a rock and roller still swinging his hips and wringing the last strangled note from the neck of his guitar on his way to seventy, but with these guys I’m starting to think anything is possible. Will they still be entertaining in their 70s? Who knows but let’s admit it, haven’t they given us one hell of a ride and I don’t know about you, but every time the song “Satisfaction” by the Stones comes on the juke box, I know I can say yes thanks guys you certainly did give me plenty of satisfaction. Next month I’ll have a bit more from the sixties for you. There are still a whole treasure trove of wonderful entertainers to uncover from the past. So until next m onth, do me a favour and “Pleas e Please me, oh yeah!” by not drink driving...... Pete To read previous issues of The Rock-itt, go to our online archives section www.therockittmagazine.com.au Help us to keep The Rock-itt magazine out there by advertising in our pages. The cost is very affordable and the results are impressive. Call Pete on: Ph: 9975 1105 or 0438751101 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Let’s keep the music ROCKIN’ around the Beaches This Month: The British Invasion Continues The Stones still perform to huge crowds almost 50 years on Stones as they appeared in the 60s Brian Jones second left Mick Jagger, Stones front man/ lead vocals/song writer