The Rolling Stones Are Almost 50

Seriously, have you ever really considered the life of The Rolling Stones?

It is phenomenal.

On the homepage of the band’s official website it states:

The Rolling Stones

Established in 1962.

The Rolling Stones are one of the greatest rock and roll bands in the world. Their appeal is universal, their sound is all their own and their story’s unique.

Spot on.

But established in 1962? We all know that, or at least realize it’s been a long time, but think on how much has happened in that time: the bands that have come and gone, the changes in the music industry, the changes in politics, the changes in culture.

In 1962, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was President of the United States. Dodger Stadium hosted its first-ever game. The first Wal-Mart store opened. Marilyn Monroe died. Ringo Starr became drummer for The Beatles after Pete Best was fired. James Meredith registered and attended the University of Mississippi as the first black student. Johnny Carson took over as host of The Tonight Show. The Cuban Missile Crisis occurred. Axl Rose, Sheryl Crow, Tommy Lee, Paula Abdul and Jon Bon Jovi were born.

This is 48 years ago.

And The Rolling Stones are still a band. Granted, they’ve had their hiccups and misgivings along the way, but you can’t argue with the commitment that mysteriously exists at the core of that band.

From the book The Year the Music Died, by Dwight Rounds,

David Frost, talk show host (1969): ‘Can you picture yourself at the age of sixty doing what you do now?’

Mick [Jagger]: ‘Yes, easily.’ (laughter)

Frost: ‘Going onstage with a cane?’ 

Jagger later changed his outlook by saying that he would never be singing “Satisfaction” at age forty.


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