Sunday, August 5, 2012
The Rolling Stones -- Still Together After 50 Years!!
I grew up in (very) small town Ontario. My mother allowed me to come to the big city of Toronto and see the Beatles, but, no matter how desperately I begged and pleaded, she would not let me come and see the Rolling Stones. She thought they were scruffy and she thought the songs they sang "weren't nice"!! Oh the joys of being a teenager in the 1960's!
So I recently checked out some early photos of the Stones, thinking I was going to find photos of these young scruffy guys (I guess her assessment stayed in my memory!) but I couldn't find any scruffy photos of them. In fact some of them wore suits!
The following video is from the Ed Sullivan Show 1965 or so -- some great songs!
And just for fun, here they are performing in Brazil in 2006 -- some 42 years later. Mick's energetic performance is really something to watch
My original idea for this blog post was to explore how the Rolling Stones managed to stay together and keep performing for so long while the Beatles performed for only a few short years and, although they continued recording together for awhile after that, from my understanding there was enough conflict between them that they did eventually split. I have my ideas about this which I will share next blog post. It feels like enough to just enjoy some Rolling Stones music for now.
It is so great to be able to go back and remember and watch and listen to the musicians that so influenced our younger days. I'm finding that I can really appreciate their music and their lives and their personalities from a much deeper, more mature perspective. It feels very powerful, to me, to re-connect with the music that touched me so deeply in my teens and to understand how influential that music and those musicians were in developing my view and experience of the world.