By Peter Fornatale

On July 12, 1962, London's Marquee membership debuted a brand new act, a blues-inflected rock band named after a Muddy Waters tune - The Rolling Stones. They have been a hard-edged band with an aptitude for the dramatic, styling themselves because the devil's resolution to the sainted Beatles.A younger, green manufacturer named Andrew Loog Oldham first heard the band at a consultation he recalls with 4 phrases: 'I fell in love.' although unusual with such uncomplicated practices as blending a recording, he made a super determination - he pitched the band to a studio that had handed at the Beatles. Afraid to make a similar mistake two times, they signed the Stones, and commenced a history-making career.This is only one of the 50 vintage tales that make up 50 Licks. Many are never-before informed, a few are from specific interviews - together with with elusive bassist invoice Wyman - and all are illustrated and instructed via the folks who lived them.Half a century on, the Rolling Stones are nonetheless the best band operating. And this can be the booklet to commemorate their unheard of success in rock track.

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One of the earliest repudiators of the Sixties was John Lennon. ' To Lennon, then rendered austere by Janov's 'primal therapy',1 both the Sixties and The Beatles seemed to have been divorced from reality: middle-class daydreams funded on unprecedented affluence and fueled by delusive drugs. Now, insisted the therapised and detoxified ex-Beatle, the Dream was Over. Sporting dungarees, plimsolls, and a purposeful crewcut, he was graphically dressed to clean up the mess. Within a year, he had graduated to revolutionary black leather jacket, beret, and Mao badge.

But if blaming the shameless greed of the Reagan—Thatcher era on the sociable and morally concerned We Generation is transparently silly, it would be just as fatuous to pretend that the Sixties did not harbour its own complement of idiots, demagogues, and outright criminals. Haight-Ashbury, a quiet bohemian haven till the invention of the hippie movement at the Trips Festival in January 1966, lasted barely two more years before degenerating into a methedrine/heroin ghetto. Few hippie communes survived into the Seventies without becoming cults of one kind or another.

The Beatles' lives and works are prototype models of post-Christian 'nowness'. Entirely lacking the uptown urbanity or proverbial worldly wisdom of pre-1963 popular music, their early lyrics are careless, streetwise, immediate, sensationalistic — the expression of minds without respect for age or experience, interested only in the thrills, desires, and disappointments of the present. Lennon later spoke of this outlook as if it had been derived from LSD, but the imperative 'to live now, this moment' 1 was central to Sixties culture from the outset.

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