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* ScyllaAndCharybdis: "Rock And A Hard Place"


The Stones were formed in London in June 1962, when guitarist and original leader Music/BrianJones recruited pianist Ian Stewart, followed by vocalist Music/MickJagger, who brought along guitarist Music/KeithRichards. After a series of fill-ins, bassist Bill Wyman joined in December 1962 and drummer Charlie Watts joined in January 1963, completing the first stable line-up. After recruiting Andrew Loog Oldham as manager, Ian Stewart was removed from the official line-up, as Oldham felt that six members were too many, and Stewart was the odd one out image-wise. Stu took the demotion admirably well, and continued to work with the band as road manager and main pianist and keyboardist until his death in 1985.

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The Stones were formed in London in June 1962, when guitarist and original leader Music/BrianJones recruited pianist Ian Stewart, followed by vocalist Music/MickJagger, who brought along guitarist Music/KeithRichards. After a series of fill-ins, bassist Bill Wyman joined in December 1962 and drummer Charlie Watts joined in January 1963, completing the first stable line-up. After recruiting Andrew Loog Oldham as their manager, Ian Stewart was removed from the official line-up, as Oldham felt that six members were too many, and Stewart was the odd one out image-wise. Stu took the demotion admirably well, well and continued to work with the band as road manager and main pianist and keyboardist until his death in 1985.



Starting with their 1966 album ''Music/{{Aftermath}}'', the songs of Jagger and Richards, aided by the instrumental experimentation of Jones, expanded an always-present stylistic flexibility. The experimentation continued through 1967 with the [[BaroquePop baroque pop]] album ''Music/BetweenTheButtons'' and climaxed with the polarising ''Music/TheirSatanicMajestiesRequest'' and the single "We Love You". 1967 proved to be an important year for the Stones, which came close to breaking up. Jagger, Jones and Richards were both hit by drug busts, which would have a devastating impact on Jones in particular. Oldham, who had worked as their manager and producer since 1963, quit around this time, as he felt that his partnership with the Stones had run its course. This led to the Stones self-producing ''[[Music/TheirSatanicMajestiesRequest Satanic Majesties]]''.

In 1968, the band recruited Music/JimmyMiller as record producer, and chose to return to a back-to-basics approach to their music after the psychedelic excesses from the previous year. ''Music/BeggarsBanquet'' proved to be the last hurrah for Brian Jones, who was hit by another drug bust, and stopped making major contributions to the band's music. His health had also been affected by drug use, and as a result of the drug busts he was unable to gain a visa to tour in America. Jones's final contributions to the band were autoharp on "You Got the Silver" and percussion on "Midnight Rambler" from ''Music/LetItBleed''. Matters soon came to a head, and Jones was forced to leave the band he had founded and named, replaced by Music/MickTaylor. Jones sadly drowned several weeks after departure, just a few days before Taylor had his first gig with the Stones - at Hyde Park, which was transformed into a tribute for Jones. Taylor recorded five studio albums with the band before quitting in 1974. Former Music/{{Faces}} guitarist Ronnie Wood stepped in, became an official member in February 1976 and has been with the band ever since. Wyman quit in 1993; bassist Darryl Jones, who is not an official band member, has worked with the group since then.

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Starting with their 1966 album ''Music/{{Aftermath}}'', the songs of Jagger and Richards, aided by the instrumental experimentation of Jones, expanded an always-present stylistic flexibility. The experimentation continued through 1967 with the [[BaroquePop baroque pop]] album ''Music/BetweenTheButtons'' and climaxed with the polarising ''Music/TheirSatanicMajestiesRequest'' and the single "We Love You". 1967 proved to be an important year for the Stones, which came close to breaking up. Jagger, Jones Jones, and Richards were both hit by drug busts, which would have a devastating impact on Jones in particular. Oldham, who had worked as their manager and producer since 1963, quit around this time, as he felt that his partnership with the Stones had run its course. This led to the Stones self-producing ''[[Music/TheirSatanicMajestiesRequest Satanic Majesties]]''.

In 1968, the band recruited Music/JimmyMiller as a record producer, producer and chose to return to a back-to-basics approach to their music after the psychedelic excesses from the previous year. ''Music/BeggarsBanquet'' proved to be the last hurrah for Brian Jones, who was hit by another drug bust, and stopped making major contributions to the band's music. His health had also been affected by drug use, and as a result of the drug busts busts, he was unable to gain a visa to tour in America. Jones's final contributions to the band were autoharp on "You Got the Silver" and percussion on "Midnight Rambler" from ''Music/LetItBleed''. Matters soon came to a head, and Jones was forced to leave the band he had founded and named, replaced by Music/MickTaylor. Jones sadly drowned several weeks after departure, just a few days before Taylor had his first gig with the Stones - at Hyde Park, which was transformed into a tribute for Jones. Taylor recorded five studio albums with the band before quitting in 1974. Former Music/{{Faces}} guitarist Ronnie Wood stepped in, became an official member in February 1976 and has been with the band ever since. Wyman quit in 1993; bassist Darryl Jones, who is not an official band member, has worked with the group since then.



** Music/TheBeatles in the 60's, Music/LedZeppelin in the 70's, Music/MichaelJackson in the 80's, Music/{{Nirvana}} in the 90's, etc.

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** Music/TheBeatles in the 60's, '60s, Music/LedZeppelin in the 70's, '70s, Music/MichaelJackson in the 80's, '80s, Music/{{Nirvana}} in the 90's, '90s, etc.



* HistoricalRapSheet: "SympathyForTheDevil" lists many atrocities that the titular Devil has been part of, such as being a German General during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, being accomplice of the [[WhoShotJFK assassination of both Kennedys]], and the French and Russian Revolutions.

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* HistoricalRapSheet: "SympathyForTheDevil" lists many atrocities that the titular Devil has been a part of, such as being a German General during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, being an accomplice of the [[WhoShotJFK assassination of both Kennedys]], and the French and Russian Revolutions.



* IntercourseWithYou: "Let's Spend The Night Together" being the most blatant.

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* IntercourseWithYou: "Let's Spend The Night Together" being as the most blatant.



* IWasQuiteALooker: A sex symbol and [[TheCasanova a ladies' man]] in his younger years, Mick Jagger now looks more like a mummy. [[KavorkaMan Doesn't stop him]] [[CoolOldGuy from getting]] his fare share of poontang.

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* IWasQuiteALooker: A sex symbol and [[TheCasanova a ladies' man]] in his younger years, Mick Jagger now looks more like a mummy. [[KavorkaMan Doesn't stop him]] [[CoolOldGuy from getting]] his fare fair share of poontang.



* NewSoundAlbum: ''Music/{{Aftermath}}'' began to add elements of psychedelia to their early mod sound. Its follow up, ''Music/BetweenTheButtons'', took them into full blown psychedelic rock, continuing with this on ''Music/TheirSatanicMajestiesRequest''. ''Music/BeggarsBanquet'' codified their most well-known sound of bluesy, loose, garage rock. ''Music/SomeGirls'' played with elements of punk rock and disco, and ''Music/EmotionalRescue'' and ''Music/{{Undercover}}'' incorporated elements of synth-pop.

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* NewSoundAlbum: ''Music/{{Aftermath}}'' began to add elements of psychedelia to their early mod sound. Its follow up, ''Music/BetweenTheButtons'', took them into full blown full-blown psychedelic rock, continuing with this on ''Music/TheirSatanicMajestiesRequest''. ''Music/BeggarsBanquet'' codified their most well-known sound of bluesy, loose, garage rock. ''Music/SomeGirls'' played with elements of punk rock and disco, and ''Music/EmotionalRescue'' and ''Music/{{Undercover}}'' incorporated elements of synth-pop.



* TheQuietOne: Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor.

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* TheQuietOne: Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman Wyman, and Mick Taylor.



** The crotch-area and backside pictured on the cover art of ''Music/StickyFingers'' is not that of Mick Jagger, but of "[[Creator/AndyWarhol Warhol Superstar]]", model Joe Dallasandro (Warhol designed the cover art). A photo of Joe's bare chest was featured on the cover of the debut album by Music/TheSmiths 13 years later.

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** The crotch-area and backside pictured on the cover art of ''Music/StickyFingers'' is not that of Mick Jagger, but of "[[Creator/AndyWarhol Warhol Superstar]]", model Joe Dallasandro Dallesandro (Warhol designed the cover art). A photo of Joe's bare chest was featured on the cover of the debut album by Music/TheSmiths 13 years later.



* SympathyForTheDevil: Trope Namer. Ironically, the song in question is a subversion of the trope, as the Devil spends the whole song bragging about how evil he is. Or rather, sarcastically confessing how evil and horrible he is, when "after all it was you and me": that is to to say, the Devil is the AnthropomorphicPersonification of humanity's own capacity for evil...but [[NeverMyFault you can just call him Lucifer]]. Lucifer also threatens to [[ThePowerOfHate "lay your soul to waste"]] if you don't show him sympathy or respect. Yikes.

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* SympathyForTheDevil: Trope Namer. Ironically, the song in question is a subversion of the trope, as the Devil spends the whole song bragging about how evil he is. Or rather, sarcastically confessing how evil and horrible he is, when "after all it was you and me": that is to to say, the Devil is the AnthropomorphicPersonification of humanity's own capacity for evil...but [[NeverMyFault you can just call him Lucifer]]. Lucifer also threatens to [[ThePowerOfHate "lay your soul to waste"]] if you don't show him sympathy or respect. Yikes.

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* CoverVersion: The entirety of Blue & Lonesome
** "I'm a King Bee" on their debut album


*** From the same sessions, they also appear (along with Music/GrahamNash and Allan Clarke of Music/TheHollies) on the unreleased (and very X-rated) "Andrew's Blues". In fact, Pitney sings lead on that particular ditty.

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*** From the same sessions, they also appear (along with Music/GrahamNash [[Music/TheHollies Graham Nash and Allan Clarke of Music/TheHollies) Clarke]]) on the unreleased (and very X-rated) "Andrew's Blues". In fact, Pitney sings lead on that particular ditty.


* SomethingBlues: "Stray Cat Blues", "Ventilator Blues", "Fancy Man Blues"

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* SomethingBlues: "Stray Cat Blues", "Ventilator Blues", "Fancy Man Blues"Blues".



** And the [[ClusterFBomb equally foul-mouthed]] "Andrews Blues"

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** And the [[ClusterFBomb equally foul-mouthed]] "Andrews Blues""Andrew's Blues".


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*** From the same sessions, they also appear (along with Music/GrahamNash and Allan Clarke of Music/TheHollies) on the unreleased (and very X-rated) "Andrew's Blues". In fact, Pitney sings lead on that particular ditty.


** Sadly, this is more or less what happened to Brian Jones as the '60s progressed. Originally the Stones' leader, Jones was relegated to an [[OutOfFocus increasingly secondary role]] due to the emergence of the Jagger-Richards partnership (Jones didn't write any songs, which made him far less important as the group's commercial ambitions grew), deteriorating relations with his bandmates (exacerbated by a LoveTriangle between Jones, Richards, and Anita Pallenberg), and his own personal problems (including severe drug and alcohol abuse). As a result of all this, Jones contributed little to the Stones' music after 1967; his final album with the band, ''Music/LetItBleed'', features him on just two tracks (congas on "Midnight Rambler" and autoharp on "You Got The Silver").

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** Sadly, this is more or less what happened to Brian Jones as the '60s progressed. Originally Jones, originally the Stones' leader, Jones was relegated to an [[OutOfFocus increasingly secondary role]] as the '60s progressed, due to the emergence of the Jagger-Richards partnership (Jones didn't write any songs, which made him far less important as the group's commercial ambitions grew), deteriorating relations with his bandmates (exacerbated by a LoveTriangle between Jones, Richards, and Anita Pallenberg), and his own personal problems (including severe drug and alcohol abuse). As a result of all this, Jones contributed little to the Stones' music after 1967; his final album with the band, ''Music/LetItBleed'', features him on just two tracks (congas on "Midnight Rambler" and autoharp on "You Got The Silver").


** [[Music/TheBeatles John Lennon and Paul McCartney]] contribute backing vocals on "We Love You".
** [[Music/TheSmallFaces Ronnie Lane and Steve Marriott]] provide backing vocals on "In Another Land".

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** [[Music/TheBeatles John Lennon and Paul McCartney]] contribute perform backing vocals on "We Love You".
** [[Music/TheSmallFaces Ronnie Lane and Steve Marriott]] provide perform backing vocals on "In Another Land".


** Gospel singer Merry Clayton performs backing vocals on "Gimme Shelter".

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** Gospel singer Merry Clayton performs backing vocals (and even a couple of lead lines) on "Gimme Shelter".


** Gospel singer Merry Clayton performs backing vocals on "Gimme Shelter".



** The live album ''No Security'' has [[Music/DaveMatthewsBand Dave Matthews]] doing guest vocals on "Memory Motel".
** ''Live Licks'' includes guest appearances by Music/SherylCrow ("Honky Tonk Women") and Solomon Burke ("Everybody Needs Somebody To Love").
** ''Shine a Light'' includes guest appearances by Music/ChristinaAguilera ("Live With Me"), Music/JackWhite ("Loving Cup"), and Buddy Guy ("Champagne And Reefer").

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** The live album ''No Security'' has includes a guest appearance by [[Music/DaveMatthewsBand Dave Matthews]] doing guest vocals on "Memory Motel".
** ''Live Licks'' includes guest appearances by Music/SherylCrow ("Honky Tonk Women") and Solomon Burke ("Everybody Needs Somebody To to Love").
** ''Shine a Light'' includes guest appearances by Music/ChristinaAguilera ("Live With Me"), Music/JackWhite ("Loving Cup"), and Buddy Guy ("Champagne And and Reefer").


** Music/PhilSpector and Gene Pitney play maracas and piano, respectively, on "Little By Little".

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** Music/PhilSpector and Gene Pitney play maracas and piano, respectively, on "Little By by Little".


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** [[Music/TheSmallFaces Ronnie Lane and Steve Marriott]] provide backing vocals on "In Another Land".


* SoloSideProject: Every main member has released solo albums or worked on solo projects while being a member of the Stones, save for Mick Taylor (whose solo debut didn't come until well after he'd left the band). Bill Wyman was the first to do this with a proper solo album with ''Monkey Grip'' in 1974, though Brian Jones recorded a soundtrack in 1967 that was never officially released.

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* SoloSideProject: Every main member has released solo albums or worked on solo projects while being a member of the Stones, save for Mick Taylor (whose solo debut didn't come until well after he'd left the band). Bill Wyman was the first to do this with a proper solo album with ''Monkey Grip'' in 1974, though although Brian Jones recorded a film soundtrack in 1967 (''A Degree of Murder'') that was never officially released.released, and an album of Moroccan folk music (''Music/BrianJonesPresentsThePipesOfPanAtJajouka'') which was released posthumously in 1971.


** The original ''Music/SomeGirls'' cover includes photos of Creator/LucilleBall, Creator/JudyGarland, Creator/MarilynMonroe, Farrah Fawcett, and Raquel Welch. This backfired when the women and/or their estates threatened legal action, forcing the album to be withdrawn and the cover altered.

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** The original ''Music/SomeGirls'' cover includes photos of Creator/LucilleBall, Creator/JudyGarland, Creator/MarilynMonroe, Farrah Fawcett, Creator/FarrahFawcett, and Raquel Welch. Creator/RaquelWelch. This backfired when the those women and/or their estates threatened legal action, forcing the album to be withdrawn and the cover altered.


* Music/MickTaylor - guitar, vocals, bass, synthesizer, congas (196974) [[note]]Appeared on ''Tattoo You'' from tracks dating back to 1972 and made a guest appearance at one of their concerts in 1981. He has been a guest performer since 2012[[/note]]

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* Music/MickTaylor - guitar, backing vocals, bass, synthesizer, congas (196974) [[note]]Appeared on ''Tattoo You'' from tracks dating back to 1972 and made a guest appearance at one of their concerts in 1981. He has been a guest performer since 2012[[/note]]



* ''[[Music/{{Faces}} Ronnie Wood]]'' - guitar, vocals, bass, bass drum, drums, saxophone, dobro (1976)

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* ''[[Music/{{Faces}} Ronnie Wood]]'' - guitar, backing vocals, bass, bass drum, drums, saxophone, dobro (1976)


* '''Music/BrianJones''' - guitar, vocals, harmonica, percussion, organ, keyboard, harpsichord, marimba, sitar, dulcimer, koto, vibraphone, recorder, saxophone, oscillator, mellotron, flute, brass, tamboura, trumpet, congas, autoharp, banjo, mandolin, bass, clarinet, xylophone, glockenspiel, harp, tabla (196269, died 1969)

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* '''Music/BrianJones''' - guitar, backing vocals, harmonica, percussion, organ, keyboard, harpsichord, marimba, sitar, dulcimer, koto, vibraphone, recorder, saxophone, oscillator, mellotron, flute, brass, tamboura, trumpet, congas, autoharp, banjo, mandolin, bass, clarinet, xylophone, glockenspiel, harp, tabla (196269, died 1969)


The Rolling Stones are a British blues-based rock band that has been described (first by stage manager Sam Cutler in 1969) as "The World's Greatest Rock And Roll Band" and has been doing its best to justify the description for more than ''half a century''.

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The Rolling Stones are a British blues-based rock band that has been described (first by stage manager Sam Cutler in 1969) as "The World's Greatest Rock And and Roll Band" and has been doing its best to justify the description for more than ''half a century''.

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