It’s been exactly 50 years since a small band of long-haired teenagers put their career in advertising on hold and decided to make a go of their little rhythm and blues group, the Rollin’ Stones. And what do you know? They’re still at it.
In this bumper celebration, we chart that heady half-century, from the band’s first gig in London’s Marquee Club and NME’s first meetings with the young Stones to future classic interviews with Mick and Keith as they talk rock’n’roll, drugs, the death of their friend Brian Jones and the alchemical songwriting partnership that’s kept them going through thick and thin.
Also in this week’s NME:
Amy Winehouse, One Year On
The good works being done in her name
Back after two years – with a new song
The Roses Rule! The Roses Suck!
Should Ian, John, Mani and Reni make another album? Two NME-ers duke it out
It’s French electro prodigy Madeon
The Cockernee pop diarist turned riot grrl screecher goes wild in LA
The giant of New York rap holds forth on the state of the art
What happens if you listen to the 21 discs of ‘21’ in one sitting? NME tried it so you don’t have to
Plan B, Passion Pit, Purity Ring and Micachu get a critical going over
MIA! Cerebral Ballzy! Wireless! And what happened after Bloc Festival fell to pieces
Rock’n’Roll Kills Braincells
What can Chester Bennington from Linkin Park remember about his illustrious career in rock?
The best shots from the UK festival season