Who are the Rolling Stones

Rolling Stones

When was the Rolling Stones founded?

The Rolling Stones were 1962 founded. No less than Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters gave the impetus - albeit unintentionally -: Keith Richards happened to meet his former school colleague Mick Jagger in his hometown of Dartford, who carried records of the blues icons under his arm. The common weakness for blues and rock'n'roll prompted the then 18-year-olds to resume their friendship and make music together. They made their first appearance under the name "The Rollin 'Stones" together with Brian Jones (lead guitar), Dick Taylor (bass), Ian Stewart (keyboard) and Tony Chapman (drums).

Legendary: Mick Jagger & Co. perform (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction live at a concert in 1981:

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Who are the Rolling Stones?

The current members of the Rolling Stones are Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ron Wood and Charlie Watts.

Dick Taylor had already left the band in 1962 because he did not want to be committed to the role of bassist. For him came Bill Wyman, who was the official Stones bassist until 1993.

Tony Chapman also resigned as a drummer in 1962. In 1963 Jagger & Co. stood on stage for the first time with his successor Charlie Watts.

Brian Jones left the Rolling Stones in 1969 at the urging of his colleagues. The lead guitarist struggled with drug problems. As a replacement came Mick Taylor, who made Ron Wood's place as lead guitarist for the Stones in 1974. In the next paragraph you will learn more about the interaction between the two Stones guitarists Keith and Ron.

The Stones only proved that Jagger & Co. still have rock in their blood in 2018 as part of their No Filter Tour. The Rolling Stones achieved record earnings with their European tour - here is a video from the band's “No Filter” concert in London:

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What role do Ron Wood & Keith Richards play?

Often you can't even tell which of the Rolling Stones - Keith Richards or Ron Wood - is playing what. It's all so nested, grown together, flowing into each other and simply forms a unit: "That's the Stones-Sound", says Ronnie and Keith smirked: "It's a secret ..."

You can see that Ronnie is responsible for the fills and solos at the Rolling Stones, while Keith is the rhythm player who occasionally throws in a little lick or even solo (if he's in a good mood).

When it comes to playing technique, the two Rolling Stones guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood may be in the average range, but they both have something that many (even tech-savvy) guitarists simply lack: They have style, experience and a huge charisma.

In the video, the two of them jam together relaxed:

And they stay true to themselves: Keith Richards, the eternal rebel, who hasn't listened to new music since the 70s (“it's all just bullshit ...”) and consistently lives his dream of rock & roll, and Ronnie, the reserved, always nice guy who is not only a musician but also a passionate and excellent painter.

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Author: Tom Riepl

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The Rolling Stones in an interview

What do the three British musicians Ron Wood, Keith Richards and Bill Wyman have in common? On the one hand, of course, her time with the most successful rock band of all time, the Rolling Stones, and, on the other hand, her detailed and honest interviews with the guitar & bass magazine - which always focused on the equipment and the music.

Bill Wyman no longer needs to be introduced in detail: The Briton was the dormant pole of the wild Rolling Stones for more than 30 years and has recorded classics such as, Exile On Main Street ‘,, Sticky Finger‘ or, Goats Head Soup ‘. In 1992 he ended his Stones career, retired almost completely from the business for almost three years, only to reappear in public in 1995 with his new band Rhythm Kings. You can find a detailed interview with Bill Wyman in the big Stones Story Special!

In the past, Ron Wood did not make a murderous hole out of his heart, today he tries to use a moderate choice of words and tries to avoid any irritation. We asked him not only about the work on his various solo albums, but also specifically about some problem cases in his career and received clear, unambiguous statements.

What do Seal, Mick Jagger, the Rolling Stones, Joe Satriani, Angie Stone, Jeff Beck, Mos Def, Depeche Mode, Annie Lennox and Madonna have in common? The bass player! And Doug Wimbish will also be known to many fans and musicians as a member of the super band Living Color or the insider tip Little Ax. We met the flexible artist in Berlin!

“I don't plan to retire anytime soon. Because when you work with the right people - and that's something I've always attached great importance to - it's a fascinating thing. And when you make a record, you never know what's going to happen in the end. It's the same with the tour: we put the stage together, then the songs, and finally we bring both together. It's a fascinating process. And there are hundreds of things that have to be considered ... “What exactly, Keith Richards only gave away for guitar & bass. You can get the full interview here with us!

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The Rolling Stones Workshop: Angie & Love In Vain

Who would have dreamed that in 1995 the Beatles and the Rolling Stones were together in the top 10 of the German charts with their newly released CDs? The Stones have always been good for records, their “Voodoo Lounge” world tour became the largest live production this planet has ever seen.

It is all the more astonishing that their live album entitled, Stripped ‘was partially recorded in the small Amsterdam club“ Paradiso ”and contains mostly unplugged versions of some of their greatest hits. The electric guitars had to give way to acoustic ones and Charlie Watts replaced his usual drum sticks with brooms at the Rolling Stones concert.

This workshop is therefore all about Keith Richards and his playing on the Martin acoustic guitar. For the bassists among the readers, an excerpt from Angie ‘shows how the bass genius Darryl Jones refines old Stones hits.

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The Rolling Stones "Angie" live 1995

The song was first released on the 1973 LP, Goat’s Head Soup and was a huge hit all over the world. The song was edited in various songbooks; the music section includes the version played by the composer himself.

The Rolling Stones guitarist Richards first plays an unaccompanied instrumental intro (bars 1-8), Mick Jagger's singing begins in bar 9, and the whole band joins in at bar 25. This is also where the transcription of Darryl Jones' bass part begins; Keith Richards ’guitar can now be heard in stereo panorama on the right channel.

Here is a video recording from the concert of the rock legends:

The guitar part, which ends here with measure 56, contains an interesting cross-section of Richard's typical chords. The relevant voicings, from which several hits have already emerged ('You Can’t Always Get What You Want', 'Brown Sugar' etc.) can be found especially in bars 5-7.

Anyone who deals with Darryl Jones' bass line should, in addition to the charming melodic design, above all pay attention to his awareness of the length of the tone and, inextricably linked to the above, the use of pauses. Because the possibility of creating rhythm and groove with the end of a note is carelessly given away by many bass players.


Rolling Stones Love In Vain ’1995

With this old Robert Johnson traditional, the producer Don Was and the Glimmer Twins have put two takes on the CD. The first is canceled by Keith Richards after he, as the musician slang so beautifully says, has switched ("I hate that ..." - Original sound from Richards).

With the second take (on the CD from 0:41 min.) The transcription also begins. Of course, the author cannot say with certainty whether this is an authentic session recording (the "Spiegel", against which the Stones are now litigating). It definitely looks sympathetic. The recording shows just as clearly that, despite prophecies of doom, Richards can play the guitar really well. If you are interested in your very own and inimitable style, you will also find an abundance of typical licks here.

He decorates a simple C major chord (bars 4, 23 and 28), an E minor pentatonic line (bars 3 and 27) with many grace notes, and his voicings show that he knows exactly what is on a guitar sounds good. 'Love In Vain' is a good remedy for the dreaded frequent game disease and also helps against the widespread accompanying weakness - get well soon!

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The Rolling Stones discography

The Rolling Stones studio albums

  • The Rolling Stones (1964)
  • 12×5 (1964)
  • The Rolling Stones No. 2 (1965)
  • Out of Our Heads (1965-9
  • December’s Children (And Everybody’s) (1965)
  • Aftermath (1966)
  • Between the Buttons (1967)
  • Their Satanic Majesties Request (1967)
  • Beggars Banquet (1968)
  • Let It Bleed (1969)
  • Sticky Fingers (1971)
  • Exile on Main St. (1972)
  • Goats Head Soup (1973)
  • It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (1974)
  • Black and Blue (1976)
  • Some Girls (1978)
  • Emotional Rescue (1980)
  • Tattoo You (1981)
  • Undercover (1983)
  • Dirty Work (1986)
  • Steel Wheels (1989)
  • Voodoo Lounge (1994)
  • Bridges to Babylon (1997)
  • A Bigger Bang (2005)
  • Blue & Lonesome (2016)

Here is one of the blues songs from the last Stones album - “Ride‘ Em On Down ”with Kristin Stewart in the video:

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The Rolling Stones Live Albums (selection)

  • Got Live If You Want It! (1966)
  • Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! The Rolling Stones in Concert (1970)
  • Love You Live (1977)
  • Still Life (1982)
  • Flashpoint (1991)
  • Stripped (1995)
  • The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus (1996)
  • No Security (1998)
  • Live Licks (2004)
  • Shine a Light (2008)
  • Some Girls: Live in Texas '78 (2011)
  • Live at the Tokyo Dome (Live 1990) (From The Vault Collection) (2012)
  • Sticky Fingers Live (2015)