As you’ve most likely heard the name, the Rolling Stones have been around for quite a while. According to the Encyclopedia of World Biography, they are known as “the world’s greatest rock and roll band. ” The band was pronounced this by 1960’s peers and middle aged folks of the time.
The band formed in 1949, with the guitarist Keith Richards and singer Mick Jagger. Richards was born on December 18, 1943 in Dartford Kent, England. According to the Encyclopedia of World Biography, Jagger was born on July 26, 1943 in Dartford Kent, England.The two of them went to high school together and 11 years after they were done, they crossed paths again (world biography).
They talked for a little and caught up with life. Richards was struggling in Sidcup Art College and Jagger was in London’s school of economics. Both of them found a local musician named Alexis Korner who held blues jams at the Ealing Club. They continued on playing there and getting the feel of each other and how each other played. On July 12, 1962 the band played their first legit gig at the Marquee Club.According to Britannica, the Rolling stones drew on Chicago blues stylings, dark side of the post 1960’s counter culture. So what kind of impact did the rolling stones have on the world with their music in this time period? Their music tended to attract the ears of the youth at this time.
The Rolling Stones were kind of rebelious and its that band that your parents are most likely going to hate. Even with all of that, they still had such a big impact on the world throughout the 1960’s and so on. The Rolling stones played such revolutionary music.The stones gained such popularity for being innovative and were percieved to be alternates to the Beatles (web). During this time period, tons of new technology was coming out and of coarse the Rolling Stones was going to take advantage of that. This helped in the exposure of the band, having them heard through the radio transmittor and the the television.
The manager of the Rolling Stones said “ you guys are just in the right place and the right time! ”(web). The 1960’s was a decade of rapid change. It was the time of teenage rebellion.The irreverence and disrespect to the older generation shown by the Beatles and the Stones was admired greatly by the teenagers(web).
The Rolling Stones had an impact on the world as well. They made a good variety of their songs about what was going on in the world at the time period that they were rising to the top. For example, the Vietnam War is featured in “ Street Fighting Man” and “Gimme Shelter. ” The stones have also sung about teenage angst, “Satisfaction” , groupies “Star Star”, drug abuse “ Mothers Little Helper”, depression “Paint it Black”, the Gulf War “ Highwire” and lastly George Bush “ Sweet Neo- Con”(web).They also played a benefit concert in 1973 for the victims of a Nicaraguan earthquake(web).
As you can see the Rolling Stones had incorporated many aspects of the world then into their songs. This helps for them to get their name around and prove what their about. People loved their music and if someone was to be going through a hard time, they could always turn to the Stones to help releive and get out some of the stress they are dealing with. The Stones were dressing and doing things that were totally unacceptable back in the 60’s. They had long hair when men were supposed to have brush cuts.They were involved in various drug busts. They lived openly with their girlfriends, rather than marrying – which was just not done in the 60’s! They were viewed as degenerates, filth, and bad news. But the more parents and other adults despised them, the more the young people loved them.
The Stones rebelled against what they felt was a society which imposed it’s will on people, without taking into account individual rights. The Stones – and the kids of the day – were rebelling against conformity. I don’t know if they actually changed society, but they were there and certainly were a part of it.