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Two words. Brian Jones. I first became a fan after I read Up and Down With The Rolling Stones by Tony Sanchez. 1979 I believe. Been a fan ever since. Especially of Brian.
Listened to old cassettes of the Stones on car trips as a kid. Heard tales of seeing them live in 1969. He has a bunch of bootlegs on cassette and CD as well. I'm thankful my parents played such good music... Motown, Stones, Berry, Beatles, etc.
When I was a kid, I thought the Beatles made children's music!
I think...they did. I was introduced early, dancing in sock feet to 12x5 at 4 years old. That must have planted something in me, a sense of what music should sound and feel like. But I was never really ‘into’ music. Fast forward to 1991 when a friend dragged me to see At The Max and there was an immediate click. Still not into the whole music thing, but in 2003 I dragged same friend to the SARS concert in Toronto. That’s when I really got into it. But it’s really down to their massive output and incredible longevity. 12x5 is still a favourite album, but put it beside Blue and Lonesome...what other band could be that good, that productive, that worth seeing, for so long? Let it rock!