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The Rolling Stones are the second greatest rock band to have ever existed. Naturally, this is not objective truth. In reality, maybe Paul Butterfield’s Blues Band is. Dissect their music, their style, their image, their ambitiousness into small pieces and, as it happens with the Beatles, you’ll see that in many of these areas they probably wouldn’t receive 100 out of 100 from even an exceptionally biased jury. But then put it all back together, screw the bolts tightly, and the final construction will loom like a friggin’ Sears Tower over most of their peers and competitors.

Today, it is a little hard to give our real dues to the technical level of the Stones around 1964-65, but it only takes a few superficial comparisons of their style with all that other music to see what is meant. Too many bands never really get the chance to grow beyond their idols – the Rolling Stones have, becoming idols themselves, in their turn, and influencing thousands and thousands of lesser bands in the process. I think it would work better if it were actually included into the main body of the introduction. Beggars Banquet and Exile on Main St. Was a song like ‘Satisfaction’ written in 1968?

Nope, 1965, if I’m not mistaken. The myth that Beggar’s Banquet is the first Stones’ album worth listening to is one of the vilest things that the General Critical Opinion has ever done to mar the reputation of the Rolling Stones – the one that got them forever branded with the “ROOTSY” tag. The albums in between 1968 and 1972 are great, no doubt, but they only represent several of the many sides of the rich complex of personalities and approaches that is in fact the Rolling Stones. London rockers — The Stones were, in a sense, ‘fake’. That is, their whole act was an ‘act’ — totally derivative and imitative”.