Thursday, July 12, 2012

Happy 50th Anniversary to The Rolling Stones!

The Rolling Stones celebrate their 50th anniversary as a band today. Their first performance as a band was on July 12, 1962 at the Marquee Club in London featuring members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Ian Stewart, Dick Taylor and Tony Chapman.

They have had a lot of ups and downs since then, but have always come out on top.  One such moment was a great idea that didn't turn out so well once implemented.  Altamont, a free concert on December 6, 1969 with Hell's Angels for security instead of police.  Four people ended up dying at the event, and there was tons of violence.  Check out this video of the Stones trying to calm the crowd during one of my favorites,
"Sympathy for the Devil."

Did you know Keith Richards wanted to be a librarian? Read more about it here or here.  Known as a rebel, Richards has confessed, "The library was the only place around where I willingly obeyed the rules.

He has said: "When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God and the public library, which belongs to you. The public library is a great equaliser."

Read about the Stones' 4th appearance on Ed Sullivan here.

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