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Working with their new producer, Jimmy Miller, The Rolling Stones moved away from their ‘60s pop style and into what’s considered their classic album-oriented era on Beggars Banquet. The samba-influenced epic “Sympathy for the Devil” evokes ancient spirits, while acoustic-based tunes like the heart-wrenching “No Expectations,” the country-fied “Dear Doctor,” and the straight blues of “Prodigal Son” illustrate how British musicians often celebrated American music with more passion and ingenuity than their American counterparts. For extra measure, the rockers—“Street Fighting Man,” “Stray Cat Blues”—go for the jugular.


Formed: April, 1962 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

By the time the Rolling Stones began calling themselves the World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band in the late '60s, they had already staked out an impressive claim on the title. As the self-consciously dangerous alternative to the bouncy Merseybeat of the Beatles in the British Invasion, the Stones had pioneered the gritty, hard-driving blues-based rock & roll that came to define hard rock. With his preening machismo and latent maliciousness, Mick Jagger became the prototypical rock frontman, tempering...
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