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Mick Jagger     Vocals
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Brian Jones   d. 1969 Guitar
Bill Wyman     Bass guitar (left 1991)
Charlie Watts     Drums
Mick Taylor     Guitar (from 1969 - left)
Ronnie Wood     Guitar (from 1975)
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Rolling stones Discography - Album CD
The Rolling Stones     UK
The Rolling Stones (England's Newest Hitmakers)   1964 US
12 X 5      
Rolling Stones No. 2      
The Rolling Stones Now!     US
Out of Our Heads   1965  
December's Children (And Everybody's)      
Aftermath   1966 UK version
Aftermath     US version
Got Live If You Want It!      
Between the Buttons   1967  
Their Satanic Majesties Request      
Beggars Banquet   1968  
Let It Bleed   1969  
Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out (live)   1970  
Sticky Fingers   1971  
Exile on Main Street   1972  
Jamming with Edward   1972  
Goats Head Soup   1973  
It's Only Rock 'n' Roll   1974  
Hot Rocks (1964-1971)     2CD US compilation
Made in the Shade     UK compilation
Black and Blue   1976  
Love You Live (live double album)   1977  
Some Girls   1978  
Emotional Rescue   1980  
Tattoo You   1981  
Still Live   1982  
Undercover   1983  
Dirty Work   1986  
Steel Wheels   1989  
Flashpoint   1991  
Jump Back - The Best of The Rolling Stones   1993 compilation
Voodoo Lounge   1994  
Stripped   1996  
Bridges To Babylon   1997  
No Security   1998  
Forty Licks   2002  
Live Licks (live)     UK
A Bigger Bang   2006  
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The Rolling Stones, at the start of
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By the time the Rolling Stones began calling themselves the World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band in the late '60s, they had already staked out an impressive claim on the title.

As the self-consciously dangerous alternative to the bouncy Merseybeat of the Beatles in the British Invasion, the Stones had pioneered the gritty, hard-driving blues-based rock & roll that came to define hard rock. With his preening machismo and latent maliciousness, Mick Jagger became the prototypical rock front man, tempering his macho showmanship with a detached, campy irony, while Keith Richards and Brian Jones wrote the blueprint for sinewy, interlocking rhythm guitars. Backed by the strong, yet subtly swinging rhythm section of bassist Bill Wyman and drummer Charlie Watts, the Stones became the breakout band of the British blues scene, eclipsing such contemporaries as the Animals and Them.

Over the course of their career, the Stones never really abandoned blues, but as soon as they reached popularity in the U.K., they began experimenting musically, incorporating the British pop of contemporaries like the Beatles, Kinks and Who into their sound.

After a brief dalliance with psychedelia, the Stones re-emerged in the late '60s as a jaded, blues-soaked hard rock quintet. The Stones always flirted with the seedy side of rock & roll, but as the hippie dream began to break apart, they exposed and reveled in the new rock culture. It wasn't without difficulty, of course. Shortly after he was fired from the group, Jones was found dead in a swimming pool, while at a 1969 free concert at Altamont, a concertgoer was brutally killed during the Stones' show. But the Stones never stopped going. For the next thirty years, they continued to record and perform, and while their records weren't always blockbusters, they were never less than the most visible band of their era — certainly, none of their British peers continued to be as popular or productive as the Stones. And no band since has proven to have such a broad fan base or far-reaching popularity, and it is impossible to hear any of the groups that followed them without detecting some sort of influence, whether it was musical or aesthetic.

The Rolling Stones are a British rock band who rose to prominence during the mid-1960s. The band was named after a song by Muddy Waters, a leading exponent of hard-rocking blues. (This was a popular choice of name; at least two other bands are believed to have called themselves The Rolling Stones before Jagger/Richards' band was formed.) In their music, the Rolling Stones were the embodiment of the idea of importing blues style into popular music.

Their first recordings were covers or imitations of rhythm and blues music, but they soon greatly extended the reach of their lyrics and playing, but rarely, if ever, lost their basic blues feel. The original lineup included Mick Jagger (vocals), Brian Jones (guitar), Keith Richards (guitar), Ian Stewart (piano), Charlie Watts (drums) and Dick Taylor (bass). Taylor left shortly after to form The Pretty Things, and was replaced by Bill Wyman. By the time of their first album release Ian Stewart was "officially" not part of the band, though he continued to record and perform with them. Brian Jones, although popular and charismatic, was forced out of the band and died an enigmatic death, presumed accidental at the time, although accusations have surfaced that he was murdered. Jagger and Richards took over songwriting and performance leadership. Jones had favored sticking close to the blues base, although he had also experimented with the sitar, but Jagger and Richards broadened their approach.

The band came into being in 1961 when former school friends Jagger and Richards met Brian Jones. United by their shared interest in rhythm and blues music the group rehearsed extensively, playing in public only occasionally at Crawdaddy Club in London, where Alexis Korner's blues band was resident. At first Jones, a guitarist who also toyed with numerous other instruments was their creative leader.

Taking their name from a Muddy Waters song, the band rapidly gained a reputation in London for their frantic, highly energetic covers of the blues and R & B songs of their idols and, through manager Andrew Loog Oldham were signed to Decca Records (who had passed when offered The Beatles). At this time their music was fairly primitive: Richards had learned much of his guitar playing from the recordings of Chuck Berry, and had not yet developed a style of his own, and Jagger was not as in control of the idioms as he would soon become. Already though, the rhythmic interplay between Watts and Richards was clearly the heart of their music. The choice of material on their first record, a self-titled EP, reflected their live shows. Similarly, the album The Rolling Stones which appeared in April 1964 featured versions of such classics as "Route 66" (originally recorded by Nat King Cole), "Mona" (Bo Diddley) and "Carol" (Chuck Berry). The performances were pivotal in introducing a generation of white British youth to R'n'B music, and helped to fuel the "British Invasion".

More importantly perhaps, while The Beatles were still suited, clean-cut boys with mop-top haircuts, the Stones cultivated the opposite image: decidedly unkempt, and posing for publicity photographs like a gang. The follow-up album, The Rolling Stones #2 was also composed mainly of cover tunes, only now augmented by a couple of songs written by the fledgling partnership of Jagger and Richards. Encouraged by Oldham, the band toured Europe and America continuously in their support, playing to packed crowds of screaming teenagers in scenes reminiscent of the height of Beatlemania. While on tour they took time to visit important locations in the history of the music that inspired them, recording the EP Five By Five at the studios of Chess Records in Chicago. Back at home these early years of success represented a rare period of stability in the personal relationship between the band members. Jagger, Richards and Jones were sharing a house and Jones had begun to see Anita Pallenberg, an actress and model who introduced them to the circle of society in which she moved: a group of young artists, musicians and film makers.

Prompted by Oldham, who possessed sufficient business acumen to see where money was to be made, Jagger and Richards became more prolific songwriters and 1965's Out Of Our Heads contained much self-penned material, including the classic "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," and saw the dynamic of the band began to change, with Jagger and Richards starting to emerge as the perceived leaders of the band. Jones, not unaware of his reduced importance, retreated into drug abuse, alienating both Richards and Pallenberg, who began a liaison that would last over ten years. During this period Pallenberg's opinions about the music, as one of the few people the band trusted, should not be underestimated.

By now the band had become almost synonymous with part of the rebellious spirit of the 1960s, and in particular a more relaxed attitude towards drug use. As a reaction the police obtained warrants to search Richards' country home, Redlands. The February 1967 raid, now legendary in the band's mythology, occurred during one of the regular parties, where police discovered a moderate quantity of cannabis. The raid also served as a source of apocryphal stories, mainly concerning the appearance and demeanor of their friend Marianne Faithfull, which only served to augment their reputation for debauchery. Richards was charged and a few months later stood trial for allowing drug use in his home. Amidst intense press interest he was convicted and sentenced to a year's imprisonment, prompting The Times newspaper to run an editorial criticizing the verdict. With Richards out on bail within a day, and shortly to be acquitted on appeal, work commenced on a new "psychedelic" album, which Jagger envisioned as the group's response to the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper. The record, which would eventually be released as Their Satanic Majesties' Request, received lukewarm reviews -- the songs and arrangements did not lend themselves to their natural style and the increasingly-strung-out Brian Jones contributed little -- but, despite Richards later pronouncing it "crap," still produced a small number of songs which showcased the improving songwriting of Jagger and Richards.

Within the band the dynamic was changing with the two principal writers steadily usurping power from the former leader, Jones, with Pallenberg as their eminence grilse. After the excesses of Satanic Majesties, and with personal relations between Jones and Richards increasingly frayed, the band returned to the black music that had originally inspired them on 1968's Beggars Banquet. Despite the tension, and aided by an excellent sound from an up-and-coming producer named Jimmy Miller, Jagger and Richards produced some of their most memorable work -- including the distorted acoustic guitar-driven "Street Fighting Man" and the anthemic "Sympathy for the Devil" -- and the Stones entered the phase that would see them billed as "The World's Greatest Rock and Roll Band".

The songs themselves were firmly rooted in the blues, but tempered by the changes that occurred in 1960s music and assimilating the imagery of Dylan and the emergent heavy rock of Cream and Jimi Hendrix. In contrast to its predecessor, however, it was a clear rejection of the hippie ethos, replacing the platitudes of "free love" with a layer of sleaze. Two other events contributed to the change in the Stones' sound. Firstly, Richards had played extensively with Ry Cooder, appropriating his open-G guitar tuning and some of his sinuous style (much to Cooder's dismay, who publicly accused Richards of "ripping him off"). Secondly, both Mick and Keith befriended Gram Parsons, who helped educate them about the country music with which he had grown up. Music was not all the Stones and the independently wealthy Parsons had in common: "We liked drugs," Richards said later, "and we liked the finest quality." Drugs were, however, making Jones increasingly unreliable. Now Jagger and Richards were not only providing most of the material but were also in charge of the group's artistic direction, away from the blues preferred by Jones and towards a harder-rocking sound. Increasingly Jones was either absent from recording sessions by choice or locked out of them. After his minimal contribution to Beggar's Banquet he found himself forced out in May 1969, replaced by the young, jazz-influenced guitarist, Mick Taylor, then of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. Within two months, and a matter of days before the new-look band were due to play a free concert in London's Hyde Park, Jones was found drowned in his swimming pool. The concert went ahead, with an audience of hundreds of thousands of fans, with Jagger reading from Shelley's "Adonais" and releasing a flock of tragically short-lived butterflies by way of tribute to the late guitarist. The band's performance, under rehearsed and suffering from the remaining members narcotic intake, was somewhat shambolic. Shortly after the band released their highly successful single, "Honky Tonk Women," recorded without Jones but too early for Taylor to contribute. Their studio work was another matter. Let It Bleed (1969) followed a short time later and was rapidly hailed as another classic, featuring the slow and brooding "Gimme Shelter," the folk-inflected "You Can't Always Get What You Want" (featuring a boys choir) and a further nod to their roots with a cover of Robert Johnson's "Love In Vain". Immediately, the band set off on another US tour, characterized by the hedonism that their position in rock's aristocracy afforded them. In an attempt to recreate the atmosphere of Hyde Park, and as a reaction to the Woodstock festival, the tour culminated in a free concert given at Altamont, a disused racetrack outside San Francisco. Poorly organized, and with on-site security provided by the Hells Angels (at the suggestion of the Grateful Dead), the concert was a disaster, featuring running battles between fans and security which reached a head when Meredith Hunter, a young black fan who had unwisely brought a pistol (and a white girlfriend) to the show, was stabbed and beaten to death by the Angels during the band's performance of "Under My Thumb." (The concert would be documented in Albert and David Maysles' film Gimme Shelter). A recurring, morbid urban legend states that "Sympathy for the Devil" was playing during the killing, though this is not the case. The murder, coming so soon after the death of Jones, had a harrowing effect on Richards, and his reaction to the events was to increase his usage of heroin. He would spend the best part of next decade as a junkie, taking occasional cures in private clinics but always returning to the drug, and each subsequent tour would become a logistical nightmare to ensure a regular supply in the face of trouble from the police and customs officers. Richards has always maintained that the one facet of his life that was unaffected was his live performance. Concert tapes, including the time in 1976 when he fell asleep on stage, do not bear this out. In time heroin would sap Richards' creativity and lead to more tragic events, but in 1971 the band showed no sign of slowing. Sticky Fingers (1971), the band's first record under their own Rolling Stones Records label, continued where Let It Bleed had left off, featuring the rocking "Brown Sugar" (another big hit), the country-styled "Wild Horses" (which showed the influence of Parsons, and which caused a disagreement between him and Jagger and songwriting credits) and a version of Faithfull's "Sister Morphine," about her own ambiguous relationship with heroin. Most probably Mick Taylor collaborated heavily on this album with Mick Jagger because Keith Richards could not contribute too much because of his drug problems. However, all the songs were credited as usual to 'Jagger/Richards' which certainly frustrated Taylor. Artist Biography - Rolling Stones As Richards removed himself from society, Jagger began to move in more elevated social circles. He married the pregnant Nicaraguan model Bianca Pérez Mora Macías, and the couple's jet-set lifestyle put further distance between himself and Keith. They did have one further classic album in them. Pressured by the UK Inland Revenue service about several years of unpaid income tax, the band left for the South of France, where Richards rented a chateau and sublet rooms to the band members and assorted hangers-on. Using the recently completed Rolling Stones Mobile Studio, they set about recording the double album Exile on Main Street (1972) in the basement of their new home. Dismissed by some on its release as sprawling and self-indulgent, the record is now considered among the band's greatest. The film Cocksucker Blues documents the subsequent tour. It would also be one of the last on which the band still functioned as a unit. By the time Exile had been completed Jagger had made the other band members aware that he was more interested in the celebrity lifestyle than working on its follow-up, and increasingly their records were made piecemeal, with tracks and parts laid down as, and when, the band, and Jagger and Richards in particular, could get together and remain amicable for sufficiently long to do so. When it finally arrived, Goats Head Soup (1973) was disappointing, with the Stones' unique sound diluted by the influence of glam rock and memorable only for the hit single "Angie," popularly believed to be about David Bowie's new wife but in reality another of Richards' odes to Pallenberg. The making of the record was not helped by another legal battle over drugs, this one dating back to their stay in France. But the Tour of Europe in fall 1973 showed the Rolling Stones in top form, particularly Mick Taylor who played extensive solos on songs like Midnight Rambler and You Can't Always Get What You Want in an exciting interplay with Keith Richards on rhythm guitar. A live recording made in Brussels on 17 October was intended for an official release but due to legal problems it appeared only on bootlegs (Nasty Music and Brussels Affair). Many fans and critics regard these recordings as the best Rolling Stones concert recordings ever. By the time they came to Munich to record 1974's It's Only Rock 'n' Roll, however, there were even more problems. Regular producer Jimmy Miller was not asked to participate in the sessions because of his increasing unreliability, due to drug use. Critics generally wrote the album off as uninspired from a band perceived as stagnating, but both album and single were huge hits, even without the customary tour to promote them. Intra-band strife continued. Mick Taylor's intricate lead style and shy persona never quite matched Richards' outspoken image and basic, Chuck Berry-inspired rhythm work. By the time of It's Only Rock And Roll Richards was reportedly berating Taylor during recording sessions, and Taylor contributed little to the album. Irked by perceived mistreatment, and a small share of the band's royalties, Taylor announced he was leaving the band shortly before sessions commenced for the next album, Black and Blue (1976). The Rolling Stones used the Black and Blue sessions (again in Munich) to audition possible replacements. Guitarists stylistically far-flung as Humble Pie lead Peter Frampton and ex-Yardbirds impresario Jeff Beck were auditioned. American session players Wayne Perkins and Harvey Mandel appeared on much of the album, but the band settled on Ron Wood, a long time friend of Richards and guitarist with The Faces, whose singer Rod Stewart had recently gone solo. Wood had already contributed to It's Only Rock 'n Roll, but his first public act with the band would be the 1975 American Tour. The shows featured a new format for the Stones with their usual act replaced by increasingly theatrical stage props and gimmicks, including a giant inflatable phallus and a cherry picker on which Jagger would soar out over the audience. This represented a further breakdown in Mick and Keith's relationship -- the pragmatic Richards considering it entirely superfluous and distracting from the music. Again, Jagger was, if nothing else, shrewdly interpreting market trends--the mid-1970s were the era of flashy stage acts such as Kiss and Elton John, and the band's tours were to become even more expensive and elaborate in the years to come. Although the Rolling Stones remained hugely popular through the '70s, music critics had grown increasingly dismissive of the band's output. Keith Richards would have more serious concerns in 1977. Despite having spent much of the previous year undergoing a series of drug therapies to help withdraw from heroin, including (allegedly) having his blood filtered, Richards and Pallenberg were arrested in a Toronto hotel room and charged with possession of heroin. The case would drag on for a year, with Richards eventually receiving a suspended sentence and ordered to play a concert for a local charity. This motivated a final, concerted attempt to end his drug habit, which proved largely successful. It also coincided with the end of his relationship with Pallenberg, which had become increasingly strained since the tragic death of their third child (an infant son named Tara). While Richards was settling his legal and personal problems, Jagger continued his jet-set lifestyle. He was a regular at New York's Studio 54 disco club, often in the company of model Jerry Hall. His marriage to Bianca would end in 1977. By this time punk rock had become highly influential in pop circles, and the Stones were increasingly criticized as being decadent, aging millionaires, with their music considered by many to be either stagnant or irrelevant. Clash vocalist Joe Strummer even went so far as to declare "No Elvis, Beatles or Rolling Stones in 1977." In 1978 the band recorded Some Girls, their most focused and successful album in some time, despite the perceived misogyny of the title track. Jagger and Richards seemed to channel much of the personal turmoil surrounding them into renewed creative vitality. With the notable exception of the disco-influenced "Miss You," (a hit single and a live staple) most of the songs on the album were fast, basic guitar-driven rock and roll, and the album did much to quell the band's critics. Emotional Rescue (1980) was in a similar vein, but lacked the redeeming features of its predecessor. Tattoo You (1981), like the album before it, was composed mainly of unused songs from earlier recording outings (The ballad "Waiting on a Friend" dated all the way back to the Goats Head Soup sessions). It also featured the single "Start Me Up," showing that Richards was still capable of writing guitar parts of the same caliber as ten years earlier. Tattoo You and the subsequent tour were major commercial successes. Throughout the early 1980s the Jagger/Richards partnership continued to falter, and their records would suffer because of it. 1983's Undercover was widely seen as Jagger's attempt to make the Rolling Stones' sound more compatible with current musical trends. The album's slick production and violent political and sexual content alienated both critics and fans. To make matters worse, Ron Wood was now suffering from his own growing drug habit. In 1982 Jagger signed a major solo deal with the band's new label, CBS Records. This move angered Richards, who saw it as a lack of commitment to the band. Indeed, Jagger was spending a great deal of time on his solo recordings and most of the material on 1986's Dirty Work was authored solely by Keith Richards (indeed, many would later speculate that after years of making decisions in drug-addled Richards' place, Jagger resented Richards reasserting creative control). The album again sold poorly, and sales were probably hurt by Jagger's decision not to tour in support of the album. To add to the band's woes in 1986, longtime collaborator and unofficial band member Ian Stewart died of a heart attack. The Rolling Stones' only live appearance during this time was a tribute to Stewart. By this point Jagger and Richards had begun openly criticizing each other in the press, and many observers assumed the Rolling Stones had broken up. Sales of Jagger's solo records (She's the Boss (1985) and Primitive Cool (1987)) did not live up to expectations. Ironically, Richards' first solo record, Talk Is Cheap (1988), which he had been reluctant to make because of his loyalty to the Stones, was well received by both fans and critics, prompting Jagger to shelve his own solo career and reform the group for 1989's Steel Wheels album and tour, widely heralded as a return to form. In 1991 Wyman left the band and published Stone Alone, a frank and honest autobiography. (In 2002, Wyman would write an even more ambitious coffee table tome entitled "Rolling with the Stones"). After leaving the band, Wyman was replaced by respected session musician and Miles Davis sideman Darryl Jones in time to record Voodoo Lounge (1994) and Bridges to Babylon -- both highly praised -- and to tour in support both records. The Rolling Stones were awarded a Grammy for lifetime achievement in 1986 and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. "Start Me Up" was used by Microsoft to launch their Windows 95 operating system. Some critics noted the irony that the group who epitomize the way that rock and roll commercialized earlier rhythm and blues by delivering it to a global audience provided the soundtrack for the corporation who did the same with software. (Critics of Windows also noted the song's lyric "You make a grown man cry".) On July 30, 2003, the band headlined the Molson Canadian Rocks for Toronto concert in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to help the city overcome the effects of the 2003 SARS epidemic. It was attended by an estimated 450,000 people, the largest concert in Canadian history.

On November 9, 2003, the band played its first ever concert in Hong Kong as part of Harbour Fest celebration. In November of 2003 the band exclusively licensed the right to sell their new 4-DVD boxed set to the Best Buy chain of stores. In response, major music retail chains (including Tower Records, Virgin Megastores and HMV) have pulled all Rolling Stones CDs and related merchandise from their shelves and replaced them with signs explaining the situation. Of all the British bands that purloined American music and sold it back to the States, none have matched the Rolling Stones' ingenious, energized redesigns of roots influences.

The Stones didn't so much pay homage to their roots as create revelatory, enduring rock 'n' roll extensions of black Chicago and Delta blues, R&B, gospel and hardcore country, playing up the sexually rhythmic charge of the music by pushing it in new directions.
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