Sunday, July 15, 2012

Saturday Night At The Liberal Curmudgeon: Rolling Stones At 50

The Rolling Stones played their first gig 50 years ago this past Sunday–and, like the blues legends that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards grew up revering (see my review of Richards' autobiography "Life"), they have continued performing well past their youth. In fact, more than any other major rock band, the Stones have remained true to their rock and blues roots, as evidenced by their jams with John Lee HookerJames Cotton and Muddy Waters, and their paying for Hubert Sumlin's funeral. Above they played an acoustic "Dead Flowers" in 1995 in Amsterdam. Richards explained, "This is where we come from, playing joints this size"–a joint like London's Marquee Jazz Club, which they played on July 12, 1962.


Michael The Molar Maven said...

"Dead Flowers" is just one example of the diversity of the repertoire of the Stones. Blues, rock 'n' roll, country. whatever you want to hear, The Stones do it better than anybody else.

Look for Little Boy Blue & The Blue Boys on a future edition of St. James Infirmary - tentatively scheduled for July 27, 2012, to coincide with the birthday of Mick Jagger the day before.

Jeff Tone said...

I agree with your assessment of the Stones. Looking forward to the upcoming SJI.