The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones: Sound Opinions on the Great Rock 'n' Roll Rivalry
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Two of the world’s preeminent music journalists tackle the liveliest debate in rock history: which band is the greatest ever—the Beatles or the Rolling Stones? More than two dozen topics of debate are addressed, with cases being made both for the lads from Liverpool and rock’s proto bad boys. From the Cavern and Crawdaddy clubs through head-to-head comparisons of specific albums (e.g., Exile or “the White Album”?), members’ roles within the bands, the Svengali-like managers, influential producers, musical influences, and more, this is the book that dares confront the topics over which fans have agonized for years. Illustrated throughout with photography and memorabilia, the book also features a lenticular cover piece that alternates between the two bands.
played by super-geek rock fans around the world for half a century, and it took my colleague Greg Kot and me about one second to answer the first time we were asked by Voyageur Press editor Dennis Pernu. The Stones, of course! Duh. Needless to say, we both think the Fab Four was a pretty great band, too, but it’s all in the way you ask the question. If we’re talking who was cooler during that legendary rivalry in the Sixties, there’s really no contest, as the Stones pretty much defined the
flatbed truck in New York City. Patch from Stones-issued bathrobes, 1975 Tour of the Americas. Richards and Jones practice “the ancient art of weaving”—the blending of lead and rhythm duties until it’s difficult to tell which is which. JD: Richards has said that when the Stones were forging what would become their signature sound, the idea of “guitar weaving” came from him and Jones sitting and listening to Jimmy Reed albums and really studying them to see how they worked. Keith also has
bands, and they played it well. Wyman knew his role as one half of the Stones’ “Engine Room.” JD: It could be a function of ego, too. I always thought it was interesting that McCartney played that Hofner bass, which looks more like a guitar than a bass. I think he wanted to be a driving force in the band, whether he was singing one of his own tunes or backing up the other guys on the songs that they wrote. No matter what he was doing, he wanted to be noticed. His way of doing that was to
Time, The” 34, 82 Let It Be, 161, 163 “Let It Be,” 59 Let It Be . . . Naked, 161 Let It Bleed, 71, 157, 168 “Let It Loose,” 111 “Let’s Spend the Night Together,” 82 “Little Red Rooster,” 82 Live at the BBC, 102 “Long, Long, Long,” 115 “Lovely Rita,” 75 “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” 75, 130 Magical Mystery Tour, 79 “Magical Mystery Tour,” 79 “Martha My Dear,” 113 “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer,” 166 “Maybe I’m Amazed,” 176 McCartney II, 176 “Mean Mr. Mustard,” 166 Memory Almost
time. Roger McGuinn picked up a Rickenbacker guitar because he saw the Beatles use one in A Hard Day’s Night, but the sound and look of the classic guitar-bass-drums band was forged by the Stones. FALLIN’ THROUGH THE SILVER SCREEN THE BANDS IN THE MOVIES by Jim DeRogatis As I see it, in their primes, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones made one great movie each, though those succeed for reasons that are diametrically opposed. As for the rest of their filmographies . . . well, then there’s