I grew up with the Rolling Stones and I started buying their albums in 1964. I ate up their bluesy music. I just thought they were supurb bringing Southern and Chicago blues to the forefront and turning on my generation. My older brother had long been playing blues but here was this English band that could be heard over the air waves all over AM radio. Until the RS came along, there wasn't anything on commercial AM radio like them. The Beatles were also all over the air waves but they were not doing traditional blues songs. If you ever hear them in their early days doing Little Red Rooster. I'm A King Bee, That's How Strong My Love Is, Baby Please Don't Go, You Got To Move, Can't Be Satisfied, just to name a few, they really command attention. You can listen to them right here doing blues:
But over time, and by the mid 70's to 80's they were doing poorly by putting out an album called Black and Blue. I just tried to find it with the cover of the girl tied up and black and blue marks all over her body but it isn't coming up. There were other cuts like Bitch, When The Whip Comes Down, Tie you Up, Too Much Blood, Pretty Beat Up. This was highly offensible and harmful to anyone thinking this was "cool". Especially to young kids who didn't know any better. And their music in my opinion was really bad. My feeling was RIP. They were really falling apart musically imo.
They have since come back and done much better music and in fact, I saw the Steel Wheels tour and bought the album. I also have it on video and I very much enjoy watching it.
I feel that when Brian Jones left the band they just were not as prolific as least blues wise. And I like Brian's contribution so much that I have the album The Pipes of Pan At Jajouka in Morocco that he recorded in 1968.
.....Maybe Mick has been treated for ADDH...or maybe since he is turing 70 he is slowing down some. Mick and Jim were both born in 1943, the year of the water goat.
Wasn't his 70th last July? I've forgotten the date, but it's easy to remember the month (in 1943) since Salli's May, I'm June, Jagger is July--and then Jim came poking along in December...
I saw the Stones live 3 times, in NYC in 1969, and in Los Angeles in '75 and '78 (I think it was) and quite enjoyed Jagger's dancing--wasn't Tina Turner his mentor/teacher?--although after awhile each time it got to be tiring and I wished he'd just sit down and shut up. He usually did, though--IIRC there was always a relatively quiet, acoustic interlude in the show.
However, the idea that he's still prancing around like that at 70 is a bit off-putting* especially since his face now looks like a road map--why in the world doesn't he get some work done? It's not like he can't afford it.
*On the other hand, part of me is proud that he's able to! Not all of us septuagenarians are creaking around on walkers, after all.