Paint it Black
The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. Active for six decades, they are one of the most popular and enduring bands of the rock era. In the early 1960s, the Rolling Stones pioneered the gritty, rhythmically driven sound that came to define hard rock. Their first stable line-up consisted of vocalist Mick Jagger, multi-instrumentalist Brian Jones, guitarist Keith Richards, bassist Bill Wyman, and drummer Charlie Watts. During their formative years, Jones was the primary leader: he assembled the band, named it, and drove their sound and image. After Andrew Loog Oldham became the group’s manager in 1963, he encouraged them to write their own songs. Jagger and Richards became the primary creative force behind the band, alienating Jones, who had developed a drug addiction that interfered with his ability to contribute meaningfully.
Rooted in blues and early rock and roll, the Rolling Stones started out playing covers and were at the forefront of the British Invasion in 1964, becoming identified with the youthful and rebellious counterculture of the 1960s.
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Classic RIP Charlie,Brian Jones
Paint It Black came out when I was 14 and I thought it was a great song based on the music by a highly entertaining band. I don’t know how old I was when I paid attention to the lyrics and realized that it was about someone in deep depression after the death of a loved one. Keith Richards music drives Rolling Stones’ songs. And Mick Jagger’s stage presence is unquestioned. But give Jagger his due here. Lyrically, this is poetic genius.