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The Rolling Stones: Love You LIve

Don Snowden, Rock Around The World, November 1977

SIT BACK and try to imagine, the world of rock and roll over the past ten or 15 years without thinking of the Rolling Stones. Just try and be sure to slip a version of 'The Impossible Dream' on the turntable as appropriate background music for your musings. Elvis may have been the catalyst, the Beatles may have brought rock into the cultural mainstream, the Who may have more realistically expressed the hopes and fears of their generations in song, Led Zeppelin may release reams of financial statistics to prove they sell more records and concert tickets; but face it, the Stones remain the essential image of rock and roll. Ian Hunter once said that a picture of Keith Richard at his most wasted was what rock and roll was about, and that's been a difficult proposition to argue with for a long time.

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