NEW! The Rolling Stones in London Walking Tour launches on Thursday 5th May 2016!
Curated & guided by the team that brought you the Rock'n'Roll London Walk, we'll be prowling in the blueswailing, drug-busting, establishment-baiting footsteps of the savage young Stones in their 60's pomp – from the studios where they created to the shebeens where they, er, socialised – this walk provides the ideal "bonus tracks" to Exhibitionism, the blockbusting Stones retrospective at the Saatchi Gallery.
Meet at Tottenham Court Road station Thursdays at 2:30p.m. STARTS THURSDAY 5TH MAY 2016.
Daily Constitutional Editor & Rock'n'Roll London guide Adam Scott-Goulding writes… As a countdown to the Rolling Stones in London Walk I've picked 45 moments – tracks, busts, incidents, quotes – from the greatest story in Rock'n'Roll. These are the moments that made the legend…
The Singer. Capital ‘T’, capital ‘S’.
If your lead singer isn't prone to bouts of flamboyance bordering on the pretentious, if he doesn't look like he could throw a nuclear tantrum if even the merest detail is even slightly out of place ("Whaddaya MEAN there are NO ORANGE M&Ms in my dressing room!?"), if he doesn't wear clothes that would get him arrested even in Soho on a Saturday night… then your band is a dud, my friend.
Jagger is the prototype.
Even the name is great.
Assassins get three names – John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald. Only deities and despots get a mononym.
And Jagger is probably a bit of both.
Please be aware that it is okay for me to say blog such things. If you, on the other hand, were to dare make such a wisecrack then The Italian-And-His-Little-Sister Rule comes into play: an Italian macho man can bad mouth his own sister: if you join in then your life becomes a raging sea.
That's what it's like with me and Jagger.
This is his best video…
… with this one a close second. On the day I first saw this I laughed until I cried and I've been laughing ever since. I can't shake the feeling that Bowie is laughing, too…
Away from the vocals, here's Sir Mick's finest hour, playing himself in The Rutles…
A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.