Rolling Stones

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Rolling Stones

Country United Kingdom
Style Rock
Year 1962-2005

The Rolling Stones are an English rock band founded in London in 1962 by lead singer Mick Jagger, guitarists Keith Richards and Brian Jones, and pianist Ian Stewart. Drummer Charlie Watts joined in 1963. The Stones grew in popularity in the UK and led the way of the British Invasion of the US music scene in the 1960s alongside The Beatles, The Who and many other pre-eminent bands of the era, where they found great success.[1]

Inspired initially by the Chicago school of electric blues (particularly the South-Side variation), they later took in influences from the country blues artists of the 1930s such as Skip James and Robert Johnson. Evangelical and Fundamentalist Christians have often taken issue with the band's many songs about drugs (e.g., "Sister Morphine", "Mother's Little Helper") and perceived references to Satanism such as the song "Sympathy for the Devil" and the album Their Satanic Majesties Request, which members of the band have always denied.

The Stones' popularity has never died. A resurgence by the group in the 1990s has continued, and they continue to sell out stadiums almost half a century after first coming on the scene, and in 2008 Martin Scorsese directed Shine a Light, a documentary of the band's 2006 tour of the same name.


  1. Rolling Stones sign Universal album deal