Rolling Stones Exhibition – Saatchi Galleries London

Rolling Stones Exhibition – Saatchi Galleries London

Just back from London and the Rolling Stones Exhibition at the Saatchi Studios. What a great exhibition that set out the whole story of the Stones (rather airbrushing Brian Jones and Ian Stewart though).

This was a brilliant exhibition with some great ideas. The photos, diaries, information, costumes, videos, artwork, design, split-screen story, quotes and a 3D concert extract. Pretty much had it all apart from the Stones themselves.

It took two hours to go round and absorb and captured the excitement and evolution of the group. Came out zinging and wanting to put on a bit of that iconic music.

Recommend it.

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Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter – a song about the violence and unpredictability of life.

Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter – a song about the violence and unpredictability of life.

There is nothing predictable. Violence is all around us. One minute you’re safe and the next minute you’re caught up in the midst of it.

Yesterday a group of people were on holiday in Tunisia, soaking up the sun on the beach, bathing in the sea. The next minute a crazed religious fanatic is spraying them with machine gun fire.

One minute you’re sitting in your living room and the next someone breaks in and robs, kills or rapes you.

One minute you live in a country that is at peace with the world and the next you’re thrown into the turmoil of war.

We’re a vicious species. Nowhere is safe. It’s all just a shot away.

“Gimme Shelter”

Oh, a storm is threat’ning
My very life today
If I don’t get some shelter
Oh yeah, I’m gonna fade away
War, children, it’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away
War, children, it’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away
Ooh, see the fire is sweepin’
Our very street today
Burns like a red coal carpet
Mad bull lost your way
War, children, it’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away
War, children, it’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away
Rape, murder!
It’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away
Rape, murder!
It’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away
Rape, murder!
It’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away
The floods is threat’ning
My very life today
Gimme, gimme shelter
Or I’m gonna fade away
War, children, it’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away
I tell you love, sister, it’s just a kiss away
It’s just a kiss away
It’s just a kiss away
It’s just a kiss away
It’s just a kiss away
Kiss away, kiss away

Rolling Stones – Heartbreaker – a song of social importance.

Rolling Stones – Heartbreaker – a song of social importance.

 

The Stones don’t do a great number of songs with any social or political importance but this is one.

I thought it was particularly pertinent given the current concern regarding the gunning down of black youths by white police officers. The debate is whether there is an element of racism in the actions.

This song is concerned with the violence in the cities and the terrible drug situation. Heroin, Crystal Meth, Cocaine and many other drugs have taken a terrible toll on people. When are we going to get unbiased information and a responsible drugs law.

It is obvious to me that the war on drugs is lost and was wrong from the start. Drugs are a health issue and should have been an education issue. Prohibition has put money into organised crime and made the situation worse by glamourizing it.

The gun laws in the States are fuelling crime, murder and death. Look at the statistics.

Rolling Stones – Heartbreaker Lyrics

The police in New York City
They chased a boy right through the park
In a case of mistaken identity
They put a bullet through his heart

Heartbreakers with your forty four
I wanna tear your world apart
You heart breaker with your forty four
I wanna tear your world a part

A ten year old girl on a street corner
Sticking needles in her arm
She died in the dirt of an alleyway
Her mother said she had no chance, no chance
Heartbreaker, heartbreaker
She stuck the pins right in her heart
Heartbreaker, a pain maker
Stole the love right out of you heart

Oh yeah
doo, doo doo doo doo
Oh yeah
doo doo doo, doo doo
I wanna tear that word apart

Oh yeah
doo, doo doo doo doo
Oh yeah
doo doo doo doo doo
I wanna tear that word apart

Heartbreaker, heart breaker
You stole the love right out of my heart
Heartbreaker, heartbreaker
I wanna tear your world apart

Heartbreaker, heartbreaker
Stole the love right out, stole the love right out

Doo, doo doo doo doo doo
Ah yeah, you shot the kid, he had no chance
Doo doo, doo doo do
Ah yeah, Ah yeah, you stuck pins right in her heart
Doo doo, doo doo do
You heartbreaker, I wanna tear your world apart
Doo doo, doo doo do……..

Songwriters: JAGGER, MICK / RICHARDS, KEITH

5 More Great Stones Covers

  1. You Better Move On – Arthur Alexander – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYzYEkfkKoo
  2. Come On – Chuck Berry – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCa6mzdNu2g
  3. Poison Ivy – Coasters – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xr_CymJrbi8
  4. Money (That’s What I Want) – Barret Strong – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptMwoz1VzJQ
  5. Reelin’ and Rockin’ – Chuck Berry – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhKHNFE1M4M

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5 Best covers by the Stones

I love the way the Rolling Stones do covers of Blues and R&B.

  1. Mannish Boy – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyHYE4G7Rhw
  2. I Just Wanna Make Love to You – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwgCnwTDY5k
  3. Mona – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PB3Z5qJCfDQ
  4. I Can’t be satisfied – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gqm8Qn3iGIM
  5. Walking the Dog – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lnkm9ReVyo

Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Buddy Holly, Beatles, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry and Rufus Thomas all got the Stones treatment.

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5 Greatest tracks of the Rolling Stones

This is easy isn’t it?

  1. Brown Sugar – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3B0Y3LUqr1Q
  2. Gimme Shelter -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yGFuX2KDQs
  3. Jumping Jack Flash – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCMrXC8D05Q
  4. Honky Tonk Women – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mH4bKiBXF2g
  5. It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGaBlygm0UY

I could have done loads of these!!

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Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter – a song about the violence and unpredictability of life.

Another gem from Nanker Phelge!

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There is nothing predictable. Violence is all around us. One minute you’re safe and the next minute you’re caught up in the midst of it.

Yesterday a group of people were on holiday in Tunisia, soaking up the sun on the beach, bathing in the sea. The next minute a crazed religious fanatic is spraying them with machine gun fire.

One minute you’re sitting in your living room and the next someone breaks in and robs, kills or rapes you.

One minute you live in a country that is at peace with the world and the next you’re thrown into the turmoil of war.

We’re a vicious species. Nowhere is safe. It’s all just a shot away.

“Gimme Shelter”

Oh, a storm is threat’ning
My very life today
If I don’t get some shelter
Oh yeah, I’m gonna fade away
War, children, it’s just a shot away
It’s just a…

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Rolling Stones – Heartbreaker – a song of social importance.

Not lost any of its power!

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The Stones don’t do a great number of songs with any social or political importance but this is one.

I thought it was particularly pertinent given the current concern regarding the gunning down of black youths by white police officers. The debate is whether there is an element of racism in the actions.

This song is concerned with the violence in the cities and the terrible drug situation. Heroin, Crystal Meth, Cocaine and many other drugs have taken a terrible toll on people. When are we going to get unbiased information and a responsible drugs law.

It is obvious to me that the war on drugs is lost and was wrong from the start. Drugs are a health issue and should have been an education issue. Prohibition has put money into organised crime and made the situation worse by glamourizing it.

The gun laws in the States are fuelling crime…

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Blues Muse – extract – Rolling Stones in Southern France

An extract from my Blues Muse book.

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Here’s a little extract from later on that is hot off the press and unedited.

Nellcote – South of France

That was when Mick contacted me. They were splitting. Things were not at all good. I listened as he rambled on. He seemed very down and disturbed. They were still reeling from the fallout from Altamont. The bad press had pointed the finger at the Stones, accusing them of decadence, arrogance and stupidity; as if they were to blame for Meredith’s death and the end of the sixties counterculture dream. It hurt. Marianne Faithful had nearly died from an overdose and, though they were estranged, it had affected Mick a lot. Then there was the constant harrying by the establishment in Britain and the obnoxious sniping British press. It looked like they were targets. The Redlands bust was still at the front of his mind. He thought it was brewing…

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Rock Music Genres – The British Blues Beat Groups of the early 60s – The Rolling Stones, Yardbirds, Them, Pretty Things, Downliners Sect and Animals.

A great time to be a kid!

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The British Beat Group Blues boom – 1964

Hard on the heels of Merseybeat came the first British Blues boom in the form of the sixties beat groups. They were led by the Rolling Stones but closely followed by the Animals, Pretty Things, Yardbirds, Downliners Sect, Manfred Mann, Bo St Runners, Kinks and Them.

The real pioneers of this Blues boom were Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated, Graham Bond and Zoot Money. But, while being seminal, they did not receive the commercial success of their compatriots.

The blues set, of which I was one, were a little snooty when it came to the blues. We saw it as superior to the Pop and Rock of the day. It seemed raw, earthy and authentic, not produced as a product by the record companies. This was genuine music from the heart, or at least the genitals. It spoke of real life and not…

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