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The Rolling Stones- Rock music band (founded 1961).

Often billed as the "World's Greatest Rock and Roll Band," the Rolling Stones are a British rock music band formed in 1961, forming a major part of the so-called "British Invasion" of rock bands in the 1960s. Along with the Beatles, the Who, the Kinks, and others, the Rolling Stones became very popular with young Americans when they first appeared in the early 1960s.

Fronted by the charismatic Mick Jagger, the Stones became a symbol of 1960s rebellion and sexual liberation. In the 1970s, the Stones also became symbolic of the drug-induced excesses of that generation, with several members' drug addictions and drug arrests becoming front-page news. In the 1980s, the band overcame much of their drug problems and internal dissension to re-emerge as a potent rock band; joining the MTV-fueled video revolution and producing songs and videos that received extensive play on MTV's regular rotation. The 1990s saw a slump in album sales, but the Stones proved a popular draw on tour, regularly selling out such oversized venues as Seattle's Kingdome and Vancouver's B.C. Place Stadium. The dawning of the 21st Century found the members of the Rolling Stones as senior citizens who could still put on a driving, energy-laced concert, drawing fans of all ages, from gray-haired remnants of their own generation, to young high school students to whom much of the Rolling Stones' legacy may as well be written in a history book. Despite their age, they are among the few 1960s rock acts who continue to dominate the music business and receive regular media attention. To highlight this is the fact the Rolling Stones played at half-time of Superbowl XL in on February 5, 2006.

 Following a tour of Japan, China, and other Asian nations, Keith Richards sustained a concussion following a fall from a coconut tree while in vacation in Fiji in late April, 2006. He underwent cranial surgery in New Zealand, later making a full recovery. Richards went on to act in the third movie in the popular "Pirates of the Caribbean" series alongside Johnny Depp, who said that Richards had been his inspiration in creating the Captain Jack Sparrow character.

The Rolling Stones delayed the start of their summer, 2006 "Bigger Bang" tour due to Richards' injury and Ron Woods' stay in an alcohol rehab facility. The tour opened in Italy in July, 2006, with Mick Jagger inviting two members of Italy's winning World Cup football (soccer) team onstage, and making a joke about Keith Richards' head injury and the head-butt one of the Italian players received in the last game of the Cup finals.

In April, 2007, news reports came out alleging that Richards mixed his father's ashes with cocain and snorted the mixture. Richards denies this.

In April, 2008, the new Rolling Stones film, "Shine A Light," opened in theaters. The film, directed by Martin Scorsese, was shot at the Beacon Theater in New York City during the Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang world tour in 2006.

See the Today Show interview with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards here:

On July 17, 2008, an announcement was made through Ronnie Wood's official website and blog that:


"Following Ronnie’s continued battle with alcohol, he has entered a period of rehab.

His close family and friends look forward to his recovery.

Thank you for all your kind messages of support.

Website HQ, 17/07/08, 09:15--ronniewood.com "

Other news sources reported that Ron Wood had engaged in a long drinking binge, and had been living with a 19-year old Russian woman named Ekaterina Ivanova, and that Wood's marriage was in jeopardy. Ronnie Wood and his long-time wife, Jo Wood, divorced in November of 2009 as a result of his ongoing relationship with Ekaterina Ivanova. Then, in December, 2009, Ron Wood was arrested on charges of assault. The victim of the alleged assault is Ivanova, who at the time lived with Ronnie Wood.

Former Rolling Stones manager Allen Klein, whose clients also included the Beatles, died at the age of 77 July 4, 2009 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Rolling Stones’ Ron Wood Arrested on Suspicion of Assault --Rolling Stone Magazine, Dec. 4, 2009

Ex-Beatles, Rolling Stones manager Allen Klein dies--CNN, July 5, 2009

Guy Peellaert, album designer for Bowie and the Stones, dies--Nov. 20, 2008

The Stone who stopped rolling still rocking...--Daily Echo, Nov. 19, 2008

Ekaterina Ivanova Profile--

 Lunch with the FT: Ronnie Wood--Financial Times, July 19, 2008

Ronnie Wood Enters Rehab--post from Ronnie Wood's personal blog, posted 7-17-08

Keith Richards Denies Snorting Father's Ashes

Yahoo News--Report on Richards

CNN--Report on Richards

Rolling Stones get Guinness satisfaction--Sept. 26, 2007


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Original Rolling Stones Lineup

Mick Jagger - Vocals, harp, guitar (1961-Present)

Keith Richards - Rhythm Guitar, vocals (1961-Present)

Charlie Watts - Drums and percussion (1961-Present)

Brian Jones - Lead guitar, Harmonica, (1961-1969)

Dick Taylor - Bass (1961-1962)

Ian "Stu" Stewart -Keyboards (1961-1962)

Current Rolling Stones Lineup

Mick Jagger - Vocals, harp, guitar (1961-Present)

Keith Richards - Rhythm Guitar, vocals (1961-Present)

Charlie Watts - Drums and percussion (1961-Present)

Ron Wood - Lead Guitar (1975-Present)

Former Rolling Stones Band Members and Sidemen

Bill Wyman (b. 1936)-Bass guitar (official Stone 1962-1991)

Brian Jones-Lead guitar, Harmonica, (official Stone 1961-1969)

Mick Taylor (b. 1948)-Lead guitar (official Stone 1969-1975)

Ian "Stu" Stewart- (1938-1985)--Keyboards, Road Manager-- (member of Stones 1961-1962, unofficial Stone 1962-1985)

Billy Preston (1946-2006)--Keyboards-- (unofficial Stone 1970-1977)

Chuck Leavell --An often-used sideman and touring keyboards player for the Rolling Stones.

Nicky Hopkins (1944–1994)--Piano and Organ for the Rolling Stones as a session musician and as a touring keyboardist.

Darryl Jones-Bass guitar (unofficial Stone 1991-Present)  

Links and Resources on the Rolling Stones

Rolling Stones Official Website

Rolling Stones--Wikipedia Article

Nicky Hopkins--Wikipedia Article

Billy Preston--Wikipedia Article

Billy Preston Official Website

Ian Stewart--Wikipedia Article

Chuck Leavell--Wikipedia Article

Bill Wyman's Official Website

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