Friday, June 3, 2011
Learn From: The Rolling Stones
This edition of "Learn From" is on the greatest rock and roll band on earth.....the Rolling Stones. They have been around since around 1962. They are constantly the biggest tour on earth every time they tour. They are one of the few remaining bands on earth today that can consistently fill stadiums. The song writing team of Keith Richards and Mick Jagger is second to none. They have brought us many jems such as Sympathy for the Devil, Brown Sugar, Start Me Up, Miss You, Wild Horses and way way too many to list. They came to America in the 1960's via the British Invasion and were kinda marketed as "the bad boy beatles." They were highly influenced by American blues and r&b music. You can hear alot of that in their songs. There have been a few line up changes over the years. Once they got really huge you would always see a big band on the stage with them. Horns, congas, back up singers. I saw them in concert a few years back and they put on a hell of a show. If you ever get a chance to see them live do your self a favor and do it. It is well worth the inflated ticket price to see a band like the Stones. They have influenced so many other really huge bands over the years. Bands like Guns and Roses, Aerosmith, The Black Crowes and just about any band out there. They used alot of open tunings on the guitars when they played too. In fact Keith Richards would often leave his low E string off the guitar completely. They have a "swing" to them that is due in large part to the drumming of Charlie Watts. When you listen to their songs you think "Hey these drums are east, I can do it!" but then you try to p[lay them and you realize there is actually something unique going on with them. There is a certain "tight looseness" to the band too. I have read where jazz players say the Stones are more jazzy then most jazz bands. The guitar sounds and tones are sick. Listen to any of their songs, electric and acoustic sounds have been so good it makes you jealous. Every bar band in history plays Stones songs. The songs are son ingrained in world culture that they are standard songs for almost any bar band in the world. They have released too many albums for me to give you a discography. They are also a testament to how a band is a business. They set the bar for marketing for a band. They made smart moves business wise and are some of the richest rock stars ever. Their "Lips" logo is a recognizable as a countries flag. Just go out and download some songs or buy the cds and "Learn From" the Rolling Stones.
here are some cool videos of a couple of my favorite songs.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fa4HUiFJ6c cant ya hear me knockin