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60 Years of The Rolling Stones


Mick Jagger met Keith Richards at school in Dartford, Kent and they bonded over a mutual appreciation of Black American blues and rock. In 1962, after a chance re-encounter at a train station, Jagger dropped out of the prestigious London School of Economics to form a music group with Richards and multi-instrumentalist Brian Jones. They decided on the name The Rolling Stones.
The band gave their first performance on 12 July 1962 at London venue Marquee International Jazz Club. They began with cover songs, but by the following year had developed their own music, sound and style. The three settled into a fixed line-up with bassist Bill Wyman and drummer Charlie Watts and decided on an image that was the antithesis of that of the Beatles: raunchy, rebellious and animalistic.
Well into the millennium, The Rolling Stones were giving the highest-grossing concert tours of all time. Their 2016 album Blue & Lonesome became their twelfth UK No.1 album. Charlie Watts died in 2021. But near-octogenarians Jagger and Richards, the veteran bad boys of British rock, continue to write, tour and produce to this day.