Tuesday, 12 April 2016

The #RollingStones In #London Walk: 24 Days to Go!

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…

22.            Brian

The founder member and multi-instrumentalist who formed the Rolling Stones. No Brian Jones, no Stones. Contributed many unique elements to the sound, even after Mick and Keith had taken control of what had once been his band. Sitar on Paint it Black; Marimbas on Under my Thumb; elsewhere mellotron, dulcimer, harpsichord, percussion, as well as excellent Elmore James-style slide guitar. Genius. 

Here's my personal list of his Top 10 Most Important Contributions (accompanied by a playlist)…

1. Under My Thumb (1966) – Jones's marimba contribution is the record's signature sound.

2. Paint It Black  (1966) Jones no slouch on sitar.

3. Ruby Tuesday (1967) – for versatility, here's Jones on recorder…

4. We Love You (1967)… and here he is on mellotron.

5. 2,000 Light Years From Home (1967) – The Stones at their most comfortable during their ill-starred flower power trip, thanks to Jones on mellotron and Theremin.

6. Lady Jane (1966) Jones on dulcimer.

7. I Wanna Be Your Man (1963) - Jones's blistering guitar lifts this from a Beatles album track into something altogether more incendiary.

8. I'm A King Bee (1964) - on more traditional territory, here, Jones genuflecting before Elmore James on slide guitar.

9. Not Fade Away (1964) - Jones on Harmonica. Even Lennon said it: you can really play, I just suck and blow.

10. Something Happened to Me Yesterday (1967) – Not the Stones finest hour, marooned as it is somewhere between Dylan and music hall, this album track is commentworthy in the Jones story as it sees the guitarist playing all the brass instruments.

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.

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