Rolling Stones at 50
Being a blues fan from about 12 years of age, I did find the early music of the rolling stones particularly enjoyable.
Added to that was the stirring of a rebellious adolescent so the Stones provided another avenue for my parents to complain about. I can hear my Dad saying ‘Do you call that singing?’
Anyway, July 12 ,2012, was the anniversary of the first paid gig for the lineup of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Ian Stewart (piano), Dick Taylor (bass) and Mick Avory (drums).
They played at the Marquee club in Oxford Street London, which was then more of a jazz club.
Check out the exhibition above for some good photographs.
Memories of their early blues background:
Brian Jones was a key figure in the early days of the Stones, bringing with him a love of jazz and blues. He was influenced by local blues master Alexis Korner, Brian impressed with his slide guitar playing.
Later the Stones went on to build their own style and even left Brian behind in 1969 (death by misadventure later that same year)
While they lived and created in Southern France, in the early 70’s, the French photographer Dominique Tarlé stayed with them to capture many classic pics of the band , their wandering minstrels and hangers on.
Officially released films featuring are listed with their original release dates. (The formats mentioned are the most recent versions officially available, not necessarily the original release formats.)
- 1966: Charlie Is My Darling, directed by Peter Whitehead (released on DVD in 2009 without the Rolling Stones’ music)
- 1968: Sympathy for the Devil, directed by Jean-Luc Godard (DVD)
- 1969: Stones in the Park (DVD)
- 1970: Gimme Shelter, directed by Albert and David Maysles (DVD/Blu-ray Disc)
- 1974: Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones, directed by Rolin Binzer
- 1982: Rocks Off and Let’s Spend the Night Together, both directed by Hal Ashby (DVD)
- 1984: Video Rewind (VHS)
- 1989: 25×5 – The Continuing Adventures of the Rolling Stones (VHS)
- 1992: Stones at the Max, directed by Julien Temple (DVD)
- 1995: The Rolling Stones: Voodoo Lounge Live (DVD)
- 1996: The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg (filmed in 1968) (DVD)
- 1998: Bridges to Babylon Tour ’97–98 (DVD)
- 2003: Four Flicks (DVD)
- 2004: Toronto Rocks (DVD)
- 2007: The Biggest Bang (DVD/Blu-ray Disc)
- 2008: Shine a Light, directed by Martin Scorsese, released to theatres in standard and IMAX presentations (DVD/Blu-ray Disc)
- 2009: Stones at the Max Remastered twentieth anniversary edition, directed by Julien Temple (DVD/Blu-ray Disc)
- 2010: Stones in Exile, directed by Stephen Kijak
- 2010: Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones, Remastered presentations for the very first time (DVD/Blu-ray Disc) directed by Rolin Binzer
- 2011: Ed Sullivan Shows (2 DVD Disc/4 DVD Disc)
- 2011: The Rolling Stones: Some Girls Live In Texas ’78 (DVD/Blu-ray Disc)
- 2012: Muddy Waters & the Rolling Stones. Live At The Checkerboard Lounge. Chicago 1981 (1 DVD Disc + 1 CD Disc)