AFTER 1966… AND all that, The Rolling Stones were never the same again. In the new issue of MOJO (May 2016 / #270), on sale in the UK from March 22, we take a close look at the seismic changes, new ideas and fresh sounds that in 12 months transformed the band from R&B wannabes into rock’n’roll outlaws.
Tracing the events of 50 years ago this month, our cover feature examines the impact of Aftermath as an album, a cultural watershed and a cog in the demise of one of its key architects, Brian Jones.
“It was a good album,” Mick Jagger says, looking back in a new interview. “The important thing about it was that it was all songs we’d written ourselves, rather than a bunch of cover versions and some chucked-together blues tunes that we claimed to have written. It was our coming of age.”
Also in the new issue, the frontman discusses how The Stones’ aesthetic began to mutate from sharp suits to Establishment-challenging fashion as he gives MOJO a sneak preview of his band’s forthcoming Exhibitionism show, which opens at London’s Saatchi Gallery next month.
“’65 was still the slim-jim ties and tight three-button suit jackets. That stuff is still fashionable now if you put it together right,” notes Jagger of the band’s early look.
“’66 was definitely a change...”
“’66 was definitely a change,” Jagger continues. “After that you start getting into the ‘anything goes’ era. Now the trouble with ‘anything goes’ is you have to know what you’re doin’, ’cos you’re obviously gonna make some mistakes (laughs).”
PLUS! This month’s FREE CD zones in on Aftermath’s aftermath. MOJO Presents Paint It Black features 15 handpicked vintage cuts that peer into the darkness, including tracks by The Yarbirds, The Spencer Davis Group, The Pretty Things, The 13th Floor Elevators and many more.
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE: Miles Davis’s Insane 1970s; Graham Nash’s Wild Tales and late-life crisis; Bob Mould on surviving Hüsker Dü; PJ Harvey’s dispatches from the front; Black Sabbath, The Last Shadow Puppets, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Thomas Cohen, Adam & The Ants, White Denim, how to buy Earth, Wind And Fire... Plus XTC’s Andy Partridge on his idea of ‘heaven’: “Imagine your ex-missus bollocking you, for ever...”
Meanwhile, here’s the Stones setting the scene for 1966...