The Music of the Rolling Stones, 1962-1974

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Overview

This course will survey the music of the Rolling Stones, beginning with the roots and first formation of the band in the early 1960s, and following the group through the release of It's Only Rock 'n' Roll in late 1974.

Syllabus

Introduction and Students of the Blues
-Beginnings through the release of the early singles, and album, 1962-64.

The Year of Satisfaction
-1965, the big breakthrough in the US, singles and albums through December 1965.

The Music Matures
-1966, singles, compilations, and the live experience.

Psychedelia and Beyond
-1967 and the rise of psychedelia, in the shadow of the Beatles?

Let It Bleed and Sticky Fingers
-The Stones leave peace and love behind, jumping and fighting with some sympathy for the Devil, 1968-69.

Exile on Main Street
-The band defines 70s rock with two classic albums, Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main Street, 1970-72.

The End of an Era
-Continuing at the height of their musical powers, the group releases Goat's Head Soup and It's Only Rock 'n' Roll, 1973-74.