Christopher Bruce based the production on the “sexual war” he witnessed growing up in the 1960’s. His intention was to celebrate the music of The Rolling Stones and use the qualities of the songs to reflect this. The production is set in the 1960’s when the rights of males and females began to equalise.
The ugly turn was taken at the Altamont Speedway during a festival promoting free rock music and peace all around. The festival soon turned from carefree to tragedy with one lick of the guitar. The whole idea around the Altamont Speedway music festival was the idea of the ever so present Rolling Stones. The Stones being a rock band, who wanted to, in a way, mimic the basic idea of its predecessors, the Monterey Pop Festival and Woodstock. The idea that the people of the time weren’t about fighting and violence; they were all about loving oneself, loving one another, and most importantly, loving the
The Rolling Stones were the second most successful band of the British invasion and dived into the mainstream with their hit “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” The Rolling Stones had a more aggressive style with loud guitar tones and driving rhythms. And while The Beatles touched on more clean-cut topics, the Stones shocked people with songs about casual drug use and careless sex. Other influential bands of the British Invasion include The Who, Cream, and The Kinks who are now some of rocks greatest legends.
Rock ‘n’ roll has played a major role in some known historical developments post World War 2. Music plays a significant part in America 's Cold War culture. Music gave us a sense of new technologies and helped the world to prosper. It also is linked with African Americans living in the South. Music was known for shaping the lives of the people during the 1950s and 1960s. Music was geared towards the youth, race, ethnicity, gender and class. “All Shook Up: How Rock ‘n’ Roll Changed America” by Altschuler, Glenn C, tells us the story of the birth of rock and roll during the concrete years of 1955 to 1965. Altschuler gives us a overview of how rock ‘n’ roll has an historical context. “ For two years the Times printed dozens of
In the documentary, Mick Jagger, Steve Winwood, Percy Sledge and Etta James, among others, recount tales of cutting some of their iconic hits in the Muscle Shoals area. Keith Richards stated his opinion about Muscle Shoals simply: “It’s rock ‘n roll heaven.”
Oldham, the Stones’ first manager, is quoted as saying “The Rolling Stones are more that just a group – they are a way of life.” The Stones refused to conform to the wants and censorship of the British establishment. Brian Jones said “Young people are measuring opinion with new yardsticks and it must mean greater individual freedom of expression. Pop music will have its part to play in all of this.” The British establishment tried to break the band apart by pursuing drug charges against Jagger, Richards, and Jones. Jagger and Richards were able to rebound from the drug charges and avoid prison sentences. Jones was unable to give up the drug addiction and eventually left the band on June 8, 1969, he was found dead on July 3, 1969 and the official cause was “death by misadventure.” The Rolling Stones developed a large fan base during their early years as they represented and led the way in pursuing a change in the existing censorious British establishment. During the early years of the band as they struggled against the British establishment, The Rolling Stones also debuted in United States. The first song to hit the charts in the United States was called “That Girl Belongs to Yesterday.” The Stones did not face the same censorship in the United States as they did in Britain, however, the band did face some controversy over an incident at a free concert performed at Altamont Speedway, outside of San Francisco. The Hell’s Angels were hired as
Rock ‘N’ Roll started from Southern Blacks slaves that migrated to the North. They brought in a sound of Rhythm and Blues. In it they talked about their hardships in the plantation and to end discrimination. It represented the life of the African-American working in the south. Rhythm and blues was a slow steady beat; it had a 2-4 beat drum and
Rock ‘n’ Roll began and evolved around the late 1940’s and 1950’s time frame. There were many groups that participated in the creation and origin of Rock ‘n’ Roll, however the two primary groups were rhythm and blues and country music. “The origins of rock ‘n’ roll are often described in a way that could be represented by an algebraic formula: r&b + c&w = r&r” (Garofalo & Waksman, 2016, p. 56). While the formula is rather simplistic, it ignores the many groups of individuals, social and cultural influences that impacted the formation of Rock ‘n’ Roll. As Rolling Stone’s Robert Palmer (1990) noted:
The Blues Genre has been out since the late 19th century. However, the blues genre started to establish awareness around the 1920’s. Bessie Smith was one major influencer of the blues genre. The blues common themes were related to poverty, death, cruelty, misfortune, and unfaithfulness. In Bessie Smith’s case, her song Lost your Head Blues, is about a woman who was in love with a man who was initially broke. In the lyrics, it later discusses how the man gains wealth and started to think differently about his woman. As the song progresses further, the lyrics mention that the lady will leave him without telling him “goodbye”. The lady finally leaves the man and mentions that she will write a letter explaining the reason why she left him. To conclude, the song discusses how days and nights become long and lonely for her. However, the lady will admit that she is a good woman and refuses to be treated poorly. This song was popular at the time and has given Bessie Smith a lot of fame.
In 1964, The Rolling Stones catapulted to fame amid outrage and controversy about the surliness of their demeanor and the length of their hair. The Stones were considered "dangerous" and riots and scenes of hysteria erupted wherever they played. "Today, they're in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, winners of the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and on the cover of TIME magazine" (RIAA; History 2 of 4). "There's nothing new about pop and rock music finding its roots in the anger and rebellion of young people, and there's nothing new in older people expressing unrealistic fears about that music" (RIAA; History 3 of 4). History has shown us that what may be initially perceived as objectionable is actually only the reaction of a new or different experience.
Sly Stone was born in Dallas, Texas on March 15th, 1944. Sly Stone’s original birth name was Sylvester Stewart which later he selected to change his name for the stage as Sly Stone after becoming a producer for Autumn Records. Known for creating some of the best funk music of his time, Stone also collaborated with other styles of music such as soul, rock, gospel, and psychedelia. He influenced Motown and Stax as well which were the two most popular record companies producing blues, jazz, and soul music. Stone’s voice was raspy, yet when he sang, he sang with upbeat and good vibe lyrics. Stone had a new style of music being created with his band, a style in which held attitude and a point of view on what they believed in. Sly and the Family Stone was an integrated band of blacks, whites, women, and men. The freedom that everyone heard within the lyrics of Stone and the band, painted a picture of how the band wanted the world to be. The band, especially Stone, held a vision of a utopia for the world they lived in. Stone mastered many instruments at a young age, but Stone was heard on the records mainly through this vocals being the head singer and songwriter. However, often you could catch Stone playing the keyboards or the guitar as well. Throughout Stone and his band’s career, through the years depending on what was going on in the world and personally in the band, the music and lyrics did change. You could find yourself listening to an upbeat, message sending songs
Rock and Roll comes from the mid-1950s and is a combination of a blues, country music, and gospel music. Bill Haley and The Comets are considered the driving force behind the start of rock and roll. In the summer of 1955 Bill Haley and The Comets, had the first Rock and Roll song to be placed on the top of the Billboard best sellers, most played song on jukeboxes, and the most played by disc jockeys. Rock around the clock is a very iconic song written and performed by Bill Haley and the Comets, and is recognized as a timeless Rock and Roll song and showcases the bands western and country roots. Even though Bill Haley and The Comets had started the Rock and Roll genre, the audience wasn’t there and shortly died out. As a result, there
In 1964 The Rolling Stones made British charts with a cover version of Bobby Womack’s It’s All Over Now.” “That same year, Richards and the rest of the group toured the United States and had their first U.S. hit with “That Girl Belongs to Yesterday.” More hits soon followed, including the chart-topping “Satisfaction” and “Paint It Black” (bio 1). The band first started off with recording c over versions of songs, but that did not last for long as they soon emerged as a powerful duo.
The Rolling Stones was a band that was formed in London that stormed across America. Their image was posted as “Bad Boys”, they wrote music that was a faster version of Chicago blues. This took a shift later which they wrote about other social problems in their music. They were a popular band and recorded over three hundred plus songs to this date. most of their songs resonated with the general population and how they felt at the time.
Another prominent album cover done by Andy Warhol is for the Rolling Stones album, Sticky Fingers (1971). On the cover is a black and white photograph of man’s crotch, clad in jeans. In addition, the picture has a grainy look with two red stamps of the band’s name and the name of the album. Just like with The Velvet Underground’s album, Andy Warhol went for the slightly dirty route and had a functional zipper attached to the cover. Unzipping the jeans revealed a pair of white boxers with Andy Warhol’s signature on the waist band. Rumor has it that Mick Jagger asked Warhol to design the cover after talking at a