Simply – The Rolling Stones.
The Rolling Stones – 1962
It all started in 1962 in London with Charlie Watts on drums, Ian Stewart on piano, Brian Jones on guitar and harmonica, Bill Wyman on bass, Keith Richards on guitar and adding some back vocals and, of course, Mick Jagger on the microphone. They borrowed the name from the name of the Muddy Water’s song, Rollin’ Stone. The rest after that is history.
A number of hits and albums, tours and sex & drugs & rock ‘n’ roll followed. They played with different genres, from blues, rhythm, and blues through a psychedelic phase to rock. Many band members came to the bend and left it as well, some passed away along the way. But still, to these days, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are alive, looking as good as they could and they are still playing.
It would be pointless to try to go through their career, damn, people write books about them. So, I’ll try to keep it short, and related to stamps.
Austria – 2003
Austria – 2003/06/18
Denomination: 0.55 Euro
Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Ron Wood
One of Stones live performances took place at Ernst Happel Stadium, Vienna, Austria, on Wednesday 2003/06/18. Philip Bajo and Helmuth Schöpf are those responsible for photos that will appear on these stamps. Stamps were handed over to the band members on the same date and let’s hear their comments.
Keith Richards: “What a fantastic idea!”
Ron Wood: “Cool idea, these are all endangered animals!”
Rolling Stone – 1967
In 1967, Jann Wenner founded the Rolling Stone magazine. Maybe It has iconic status these days, but the start wasn’t so easy at all. But let’s see what Jann said about the magazine name in the first issue:
“Muddy Waters used the name for a song he wrote. The Rolling Stones took their name from Muddy’s song. “Like a Rolling Stone” was the title of Bob Dylan’s first rock and roll record. We have begun a new publication reflecting what we see are the changes in rock and roll and the changes related to rock and roll.”
According to the readers of the Rolling Stone magazine, these would be top 10 most popular Rolling Stones songs ever:
- Gimme Shelter
- Sympathy for the Devil
- Paint It, Black
- (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
- Wild Horses
- Jumpin’ Jack Flash
- Can’t You Hear Me Knocking
- You Can’t Always Get What You Want
- Tumbling Dice
Royal Mail – 2010
In 2010, after extensive research, Royal Mail issued a series of stamps devoted to the 10 most iconic albums in past 40 years. We’re here because of The Rolling Stones, but all of these 10 albums are important for the history of the rock and not only the UK. Personally, I would underline The Clash and Pink Floyd here. And of course, the one and only, David Bowie. We already wrote about them (find the Pink Floyd article here and David Bowie article here). It’s worth to mention that’s it’s exactly 2 years and 1 day since David Bowie passed away. It might sound pathetic, but the time really passed fast. I personally don’t know what I did with my life in these 2 years 😊 OK, I do, but still…
One interesting fact is that Jimmy Page, yes, the one from Led Zeppelin, launched this stamp collection. Can stamps get even cooler than this!? 😊
UK – 2010/01/07
1st row – from left to right
Pink Floyd – The Division Bell (1994)
Coldplay – A Rush Of Blood To The Head (2002)
Blur – Parklife (1994)
New Order – Power Corruption And Lies (1983)
The Rolling Stones – Let It Bleed (1969)
2nd row – from left to right
The Clash – London Calling (1979)
Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells (1973)
Led Zepplin – ‘IV’ (1971)
Primal Scream – Screamadelica (1991)
David Bowie – The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (1972)
I hope you enjoyed reading this short one about “old rock farts”. Let them keep on rocking for at least 56 more years.
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