Tragic Details About The Rolling Stones


The Rolling Stones have been sowing the seeds
of rock ‘n’ roll since 1962, and they’re still at it today. But just how can a band as wild and unpredictable
as this conquer disaster after disaster and still remain at the top of the rock ‘n’ roll
heap? A successful songwriting partnership is certainly
one way to describe the long and rocky relationship between Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Another way to describe them, in the words
of the Irish Independent, would be that of a civil war between two massive ego maniacs. In fact, the Glimmer Twins’ volatile chemistry
has brought the Rolling Stones to the brink of breaking up several times over their long
and storied career. Richards feels that this is largely because
while the two stars know each other extremely well, they’re also generally a little unsure
about each other. Richards pins a large part of the pair’s issues
to Jagger’s “control freak” nature, but he doesn’t shrug off the blame entirely. Richards has even admitted that he occasionally
even wakes up in the night to make notes when he dreams up a particularly good dig he can
later use against Jagger. Sometimes, the animosity between Jagger and
Richards has meant more than just professional and creative disagreements. One such case came in the 1960s, when Richards
became convinced that his girlfriend, Anita Pallenberg, was having an affair with Jagger
during a movie shoot. The bitterness around this incident eventually
drove the guitarist to write the Rolling Stones classic “Gimme Shelter.” The band’s troubles started with Mick Jagger
and Keith Richards’ infamous drug bust in 1967, and continued mere months later when
Brian Jones was arrested for marijuana possession — and, again, allowing folks to smoke in
his home. Luckily, he got away with a warning, though
Jones repeated his error in 1968. This time, he was facing prison, but his lawyers
were able to plead mental health issues and get Jones away with another warning. However, the situation later made it difficult
for him to obtain a U.S. visa. 1968 brought about yet another marijuana charge,
this time against Jagger and Marianne Faithfull, and the 1970s brought even more trouble. In 1972, Drummer Charlie Watts’ wife, Shirley,
was arrested for causing a scene at an airport. Later that year, Jagger and Richards were
yet again arrested, this time for fighting with a photographer. In 1973, it was Richards and drugs again. In 1975, Richards and Ronnie Wood were brought
in for reckless driving while smelling of pot and carrying a hunting knife. 1977 saw yet another drug arrest for Richards. After this, the band has apparently cleaned
up their act somewhat — though in 1990, Wood was “cautioned” for common assault against
his girlfriend. Still, it appears the apple hasn’t fallen
far from the tree — in 2011, Richards’ daughter Theodora got busted for committing graffiti
and drug-related crimes. Perhaps the biggest Rolling Stones tragedy
involving a band member was the downfall of Brian Jones. Jones was fired from the band on June 8th
1969, though the other Stones apparently allowed him to announce his own departure as he saw
fit. His statement began: “I no longer see eye-to-eye with the others
over the discs we are cutting.” But the statement went on to lay the blame
on his former bandmates Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. It read: “I want to play my kind of music, which is
no longer the Stones music. The music Mick and Keith have been writing
has progressed at a tangent, as far as my own taste is concerned.” In a way, he had a point — as bassist Bill
Wyman would later note, Jones had been the de facto leader of the Stones at the early
stages of their career before the sheer personality and songwriting talent of Jagger and Richards
bowled him over. Unfortunately, the world never got to see
what Jones really had to offer. He was already riding a downward spiral, and
within three weeks after his departure, Jones was tragically found floating face down in
his swimming pool, dead at the age of 27. In the words of The Telegraph, the Rolling
Stones’ disastrous free concert at Altamont on December 6th 1969, was “the day the music
died.” The event was meant to be a happy, hippy,
Woodstock-type affair, but the location was changed a mere 20 hours before the concert
to Altamont Speedway, which was dreary, grey, treeless, and beleaguered by a laughably underpowered
sound system. As a result, some of the audience members
grew angry, and the Hells Angels taking care of the security were all too happy to return
the hostility. It didn’t help that the promoters had neglected
to inform the surrounding landowners about the event, and they turned quite hostile when
they discovered a horde of hippies and musicians hanging about and using their fields as toilets. The result was an unmitigated disaster. As soon as the Stones’ helicopters touched
the ground, Mick Jagger was welcomed with a sucker punch. The crowd grew worse and worse by the hour,
and by the time the Rolling Stones hit the stage, it was a bloodbath. “Who’s fighting and what for? Why are we fighting?” Things finally escalated to the point that
an 18-year-old audience member named Meredith Hunter was stabbed to death by the Hell’s
Angels during the Stones’ concert. A total of four people died at Altamont. In 1971, the Rolling Stones released arguably
the most controversial recording they’ve ever made. The song in question was, of course, “Brown
Sugar,” the Mick Jagger-penned lead single on the album Sticky Fingers. Lyrically, it is a coarse, nasty song about
slavery, sexual assault, and other such unsavory matters — not that this stopped the song
becoming a number one hit at the time. It’s unclear if the song’s misogynist, racist
lyrics were inspired by an actual person. Some say it’s about Marsha Hunt, the mother
of the singer’s first child. Others claim it was about the Stones’ backing
singer Claudia Lennear. Others still think it wasn’t about an actual
woman at all, and was instead an ode to heroin. Regardless, “Brown Sugar” remains a controversial
song, and its infamy wasn’t exactly helped by the fact that the band decided to debut
it during their catastrophic free concert at Altamont. In fact, even Jagger has even admitted in
his later years that he went too far with this particular song. Most people agree that Exile on Main Street
is among the finest albums the Rolling Stones have ever released, but its recording process
was far from serene. Keith Richards rented a luxurious property
called Villa Nellcote on the French Riviera in 1971, after the original location fell
through. The building had a fairly strange vibe, as
the Nazis had used it as their headquarters during the occupation of France, and the band
kept finding painted swastikas in the basement. Nonetheless, the Rolling Stones made the place
their home and started wreaking havoc like only the early-1970s Rolling Stones could. Villa Nellcote soon became a premier hangout
for a revolving door of hangers-on and moochers, not to mention celebrities and, of course,
the obligatory drug dealers. “‘Cos it got a bit, you know, after awhile it got a bit sort of heavy going.” The place was damp, hot, and creepy, and the
eerie atmosphere really reflected on the album’s sound. However, the Stones ultimately emerged as
winners — the weird fever dream of Villa Nellcote clearly reflected well on their creative
output, and Exile remains one of their most well-liked works. It’s fair to say the Rolling Stones are pretty
decent musicians. After all, it takes a bit of talent to be
able to excel for so long and still sell out stadiums well into the sixth decade of their
career. However, there’s no telling how good they
might have been had they not lost their best musician early on. Guitarist Mick Taylor was the Rolling Stones’
secret weapon during the golden early 1970s years, until he unexpectedly walked out in
December 1974. Today, he is still considered very much as
the one that got away by many fans, and even the band itself, albeit sometimes begrudgingly. Drummer Charlie Watts has even called the
Taylor period the band’s “creative peak.” In the 1990s, Mick Jagger came very close
to publicly admitting that the Exile on Main Street-era Stones is the best version that
ever existed. Even the grumpy guitar maestro Keith Richards
has stated that Taylor’s departure left the band “in a lurch.” The precise reason for Taylor’s departure
has always been somewhat shrouded in mystery, largely thanks to the subtly contradicting
versions of the tale told by Taylor himself. Some say it was about songwriting credits,
interpersonal tensions, marriage and drug problems, or even simply boredom. It could also be that Taylor simply found
the rock star life too much, as he was more of a shy, withdrawn character, which probably
didn’t mesh too well with the outrageous antics of the Glimmer Twins. The 1980s were a tumultuous time in the Rolling
Stones camp, to a point that it couldn’t really be called a single camp at all. Between 1982 and 1989, the band’s future was
in question for a whole number of reasons. Drummer Charlie Watts, the tireless engine
of the band, was wrestling with his addiction to heroin. Mick Jagger, on the other hand, was finding
the allures of a solo career more enticing by the year, and by 1987, he was touring solo
to support his own album. He even went as far as to say that the Stones
simply didn’t matter anymore, explaining: “No-one should care if the Rolling Stones
have broken up, should they? I mean, when the Beatles broke up I couldn’t
give a s–t.” Meanwhile, guitar ace Keith Richards spent
most of his time sulking because the band wasn’t working together. While the Stones did have a fairly steady
output of new records during the 1980s, things remained volatile right up until 1989’s Steel
Wheels and its accompanying tour. In December 1992, the Rolling Stones went
through yet another personnel change. This was the year in which long-time bassist
Bill Wyman walked out, though his exit wasn’t really reported until January 1993. There are rumors Wyman had been unhappy with
his Stones gig for awhile before his departure, though some band members — Keith Richards
in particular — have noted that he was close to being fired anyway. Richards went as far as to say that he, Mick
Jagger, and drummer Charlie Watts were the true core of the Stones, alleging that anyone
outside this trifecta was expendable. Wyman himself has said that the Stones didn’t
want him to leave, and while he’s not exactly swimming in money, the ex-Stone went on to
enjoy life as a blues musician, photographer, writer, and even archaeologist. He has been known to reunite with the band
occasionally, and says he still considers the Stones a family of sorts. Wyman was eventually replaced by Darryl Jones,
who had played for a roster of talent from Miles Davis to Sting to Madonna. However, he was never made an official member
of the group. Ronnie Wood has mostly been content to play
his instrument and live his best life over the years, and as befits a Rolling Stone,
said best life has been known to involve the occasional beverage or two. In fact, he’s fully capable of challenging
the likes of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards when it comes to partying. “Keith and I said, ‘we’re in our late seventies, and in pain, we’ll take that up again.” In 2008, Wood proved this by indulging in
a particularly infamous bender, as the 61-year-old guitar man disappeared himself in Ireland,
nursing a two-bottles-of-vodka-a-day habit and accompanied by an 18-year-old waitress. While this might seem par for the course for
a Rolling Stone, it must be said that Wood actively ran off from his wife and family
to do this. What’s more, this was very much a falling-off-the-wagon
situation, and the other Stones reacted with shock and worry, rather than the pats on the
back they might have given him back in the day. Still, Wood did eventually get his act together,
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35 thoughts on “Tragic Details About The Rolling Stones

  1. The stones should just fade away. they are to old and Brain dead . They been that was since the 80s and Jones didn't kill himself. Mick and the rest of the stones killed him

  2. All of them!! This was my first concert at The Vet in Philly. Awesome show. Sticky fingers would b my go to album. But I love them all!!

  3. Why would Keith be worried that Anita might cheat on him? What would make him think she was capable of that?
    Maybe because she continuously chased rock stars around until she finally caught Brian Jones's eye, hooked up with him, and then moved on to Richards after she found out Brian was going to be kicked out of the Stones? She knew Brian was going to be kicked out before hr did, because she was cheating on him with Keith!!

  4. Wow, I was surprised to hear all the stuff the song Brown Sugar might represent. My classmate and I won a talent show in fifth or sixth grade dancing to it in sync with our matching shirts. I can guess the teachers and parents had no idea either them. LMAO💃🕺 I thought it was just about some brown hot chick with my white ass.

  5. Jagger – A true 'Top Shagga!'and a total legend… The stud has slept with thousands over the years!

    Some of them were women, apparently! 😂

  6. This is so unfair. I loved Bowie Cornell and Neil Peart, they are all dead but these raunchy old vampires live on. This is Hell.

  7. my favorite pc bullshit spectacle is the drivel you spewed about the stones hit "brown sugar" and how it was anything more than a great song

  8. How? Satanism maybe? what they sew they deserve. Jagger watched a fan at Altamont get murdered and did nothing to stop it!

  9. The Rolling Stones sucked in the 60's,
    They sucked in the 70's, They sucked in the 80's & 90's!!!!!!!!!!
    And since 2000 to now they've gotten even worse……. .
    👄👎🖕

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