TODAY, I WOKE UP THINKING AND FEELING LIKE A ROLLING STONE, AND THEN WHEN I WENT ON TO THE INTERNET, I FOUND ALL THESE FASCINATING INFORMATION ABOUT THEIR 50 YEAR-CAREER
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This interview with guitarist KEITH RICHARDS was made by
Yesterday, November 23, 2016 1:17 p.m.
As usual, Keith Richards isn’t shy about giving his opinion — and recently spoke to The New York Post about partner Mick Jagger and his old friends Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, and the Rolling Stones’ primary chart rivals — The Beatles.
Richards gave an uncharacteristic salute to Jagger’s vocal and harmonica work on the band’s new Blue & Lonesome blues collection due out on December 2nd, saying,
K.R. : “On this album, you can hear how much he’s a part of the band and what a musician he is. Because he’s such a showman, a lot of his actual talent gets hidden.
But on this record, he can feel very proud of himself. I’ve always loved the man. It’s just that I have to kick his ass now and again!”
He went on to talk about Eric Clapton’s contribution to the album’s sessions, which were recorded last December at Mark Knopfler’s British Grove Studios, explaining,
K.R. : “In three days, the Stones cut 12 tracks. That’s a record in itself. Eric Clapton was in the next studio, so we collared him to play on it, too. Eric was part of the Stones before he could even play. When we were playing the clubs, he was one of our top fans.”
- Richards went on to salute his and the Stones’ recent “Desert Trip” co-headliner Bob Dylan, by saying,
- K.R. : “I thought it was very far-reaching for the Nobel people to give Bob the prize for literature.
- I think it’s the first time us songwriters have been begrudgingly let into the literary world. But that’s good, especially because all those bastards like Shakespeare ever did was to steal songs and ballads from minstrels!”
- As is the case in recent times, Richards couldn’t help taking a swipe at The Beatles — namely for their 1967/1968 dalliance with Transcendental Meditation under the guidance of Indian guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi:
- K.R. : “I thought the Maharishi was a piece of (s***).
- I despised the man. I felt sorry for John (Lennon) and Paul (McCartney), who is still a good mate. It was the flavor of the month. He did ruin the Beatles. I wasn’t interested. I was busy writing ‘Glimmer Shelter’!”
- He went on to say:
- K.R. : “Brian (Jones) and Mick were quite carried away with The Beatles and the Maharishi and the blah, blah. I stayed on the periphery, and Charlie (Watts) didn’t give a (s*** ) about it. It was all love, love, love, wearing garish Indian cotton and growing beards and s***.”
- Despite the knocks he often throws their way, Keith Richards was an immediate fan and friend of The Beatles.
- He admits that following manager Andrew Log Oldham’s brief that “The Stones” become the opposite of the lovable “Mop Tops” was ingenious and important in separating the Stones from all the other British beat groups that followed in The Beatles wake:
- “There was no competition between the bands, per se, y’know — but in the greater world, the Beatles were the ‘Fab Four,’ y’know? As I say, that’s wearing the ‘white hat.’ So the only other (laughs) place to go is to wear the ‘black hat’ (laughs), y’know? And at the same time, we were pretty natural, and I think all we really did was, we didn’t ‘show’ ourselves up.”
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- Just released is The Rolling Stones’massive LP and CD box set, The Rolling Stones In Mono.
- The collection which features the band’s 1963 to 1969 era, spotlights the band’s entire catalogue up to 1969’s Let It Bleed, and when applicable, the differing U.S. and UK versions of such classic Stones collections as Out Of Our Heads, Aftermath, and Between The Buttons, along with American-only sets such as December’s Children (And Everybody’s) and Flowers — as well as a new compilation Stray Cats released on double vinyl for the first time in the box.”
- The albums will begin being sold separately in 2017.
- The physical editions of the collection are available in either 15-CD or 16-LP configurations and will also contain a 48-page book containing a 5,000-word essay by Rolling Stone‘s David Fricke and rare photos by Terry O’Neill.
The Rolling Stones in Mono box set includes:
The Rolling Stones (U.K., 1964)
12 X 5 (1964)
The Rolling Stones No. 2 (U.K., 1965)
The Rolling Stones Now! (1965)
Out Of Our Heads (U.S., 1965)
Out Of Our Heads (U.K., 1965)
December’s Children (And Everybody’s) (1965)
Aftermath (U.K., 1966)
Aftermath (U.S., 1966)
Between The Buttons (UK, 1967)
Their Satanic Majesties Request (1967)
Beggars Banquet (1968)
Let it Bleed (1969)
Stray Cats (2016)
CHECK IT OUT: The Rolling Stones’ 1969 alternate version of “Brown Sugar” featuring Eric Clapton on slide and lead guitar ON VIDEO !
KEITH RICHARD has been very sincere, and in this new comment he shows what is to be a REAL FRIEND OF HIS FRIENDS.
THE BATTLE OF THE BANDS is mainly created by the PRESS – not by the Artists.
KEITH RICHARDS DOESN’T HESITATE TO EXPRESS HIS OPINIONS even if his opinions are not accepted by many. Said in Spanglish : HE DOESN’T HAVE HAIR ON HIS TONGUE = EL NO TIENE PELOS EN LA LENGUA … Bravo Mr. Richards !*
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