By KIERSTYN WILBOURN
Many people know the bright red emblem with a tongue sticking out. It’s a common fashion statement to several, but to others, it’s more than a fashion statement. It’s The Rolling Stones.
The Rolling Stones have been rocking since 1962, and with their album release of Blue and Lonesome in 2016, they’re not slowing down anytime soon.
The Rolling Stones play a huge part in history. Beginning in 1962, the Rolling Stones were a part of the British Invasion (started by The Beatles) and inspired the youth to join the 60’s counterculture. Unlike their rivals, The Beatles, the band wore leather jackets, had longer hair, and had more aggressive music. The band started off with blues inspired pieces but quickly shifted to more mellowed out tracks and eventually had a psychedelic breakthrough. When their album, Their Satanic Majesties Request, arrived, it received several amounts of criticism since many believed it copied The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonley Hearts Club Band. Despite the comparison, the album rose on the charts and was being seen as The Rolling Stones work, not The Beatles.
Over the years, the lineup has changed, attitudes were turned around, and through the many ups and downs, the band continues to play on. Lead singer Mick Jagger, guitarist Keith Richards, and drummer Charlie Watts are the last of the original lineup, but they still perform together as if it were 1963.