Although I loathe the Stones myself – they have my continual vote for Most Overrated Rock Band Ever – this is fascinating stuff, especially for those of us ripe enough to have seen this one, new, in the LP bins. (Ask an adult.) Who’d think a little zipper could cause so much angst, or a set of photographs so much mystery and speculation? Bravo!
When The Rolling Stones were recording material for their ninth studio album in the early days of the 1970s, the anticipation and expectations must have been daunting. The 60s had come to a definitive close for the band at the December 1969 Altamont Free Concert, where a member of the Hell’s Angels (hired by the Stones as security) knifed a fan to death as the band played on. Five months prior, guitarist Brian Jones had overdosed and was found dead in his swimming pool at the age of 27.
Sticky Fingers was to be their first record of the new decade, their first without Jones, and the first for their newly formed label, Rolling Stones Records. The Beatles had just disbanded, leaving the group no serious rival. The band was presumably eager to maintain their bad-boy status, but at the same time distance…
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