Brian Jones, The Rolling Stones & The Blues

45 YEARS AGO today, Brian Jones – the man who first made the Stones roll – was found dead in his swimming pool at the age of 27. He's often remembered as a tragic figure who flew too close to the sun, but what about Brian Jones the musician and the blues devotee? The following 15 clips plot a path through the early years of the band and examine the scene that spawned them. Despite his gradual alienation from the Stones’ creative nexus, Jones played a pivotal role in that formative period, aligning the group with the American blues pioneers they considered their heroes. More than anything, these videos show just how fast The Rolling Stones were moving in those days.

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