The distinction of “the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band” is hard to dispute when it comes to the Rolling Stones.
Their career ran parallel to the Beatles and virtually every other hall-of-famer who hailed from the rock renaissance of the late ’60s/early ’70s. And yet the Stones are still recording and still performing like a well-oiled machine.
Say what you will about dinosaur rock, or that Glimmer Twins Jagger & Richards have lost a bit of their luster, but the run of LPs that began with 1966’s “Aftermath” to 1972’s “Exile on Main Street” should be listed in any dictionary under “desert island discs.”
Everyone from Patti Smith to Aerosmith owe a debt to the Stones and their outlaw image, but nobody can tout their staying power.