They were just one of the hundreds of rock bands which got together in the Swinging London of the early 1960's -- four teenage students with guitars and a set of drums.
NAPLES, ITALY (1 JULY 1982) (REUTERS
GVs Rolling Stones concert in Naples, 1982 (3 shots)
Background: They were just one of the hundreds of rock bands which got together in the Swinging London of the early 1960's -- four teenage students with guitars and a set of drums. They called themselves the Rolling Stones. That was in 1963. And for the past twenty years, they have been the best-known rock band in the world. While the equally-famous Beatles achieved drawing-room respectability, the Stones -- typified by their leader, Mick Jagger -- launched an anti-establishment assault both through their music and their personal lives. And nothing has changed...
SYNOPSIS: In 1982, Rolling Stones concert regularly draw crowds of a quarter of a million... drawn, perhaps, by the hypnotically-sexual gyrations of their leader, Mick Jagger.
The heavy bass note of social rebellion which permeates their music was, from their first, echoed in Jagger's private life. In court for illegal possession of drugs in 1967, he later went to jail for a similar offence. His name, and that of his long-time friend Marianne Faithful, became synonymous with the 1960's era of violent social change.
By 1969, when the Rolling Stones filled London's Hyde Park for a concert commemorating the death of Brian Jones, one of the original Stones, the bank was making untold millions with deliberately provocative titles which have featured in their catalogue...songs like 'Satisfaction', 'Street Fighting Man' and 'Sympathy for the Devil'...which helped make Mick Jagger one of the popular heroes of our time.
In contrast to Jagger, the other founding members of the group -- Keith Richard, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman -- have kept their personal lives largely out of the limelight. But each is a millionaire, his lifestyle on a scale that millions of fans around the world could only dream of, or read about.
Constantly in the headlines, Jagger has learned to endure the attention of the global media with remarkable aplomb...even the melee which accompanied his intended quiet wedding to the temperature Nicaraguan Bianca Morena de Macias, in 1971. Divorce from Bianca was to cost him millions a few years later, every second of the affair mercilessly exposed to the glare of publicity.
This kind of attention, plus the endless stream of hit records and world tours, has brought pressures which have ruined many of his contemporaries. Perhaps part of the appeal of Mick Jagger has been his apparent contempt for the adulatory system which has brought him fame and fortune. Of his personal view of stardom, Jagger had this to say in 1981...
At the age of 39, Mick Jagger is still dining off that kind of rich baloney. And the Rolling Stones, 20 years on, are still at the top...