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LONDON 12 Jul 2012 Rolling Stones, 50, and still rockin’

The group that billed themselves the “World’s Greatest Rock & Roll Band” in the 1960s, the Rolling Stones, performed at the Marquee Club in Lo

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LONDON 12 Jul 2012 Rolling Stones, 50, and still rockin'

The group that billed themselves the "World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band" in the 1960s, the Rolling Stones, performed at the Marquee Club in London on 12 Jul 1962. It's one of several performances likely to rank as the official birth in 1962 of the group credited with pioneering British rock's tone of ironic detachment and taboo themes, such as sex as power. The Stones are still turning out genre-setting hits 50 years on. The Stones deny they will celebrate with a world tour, but rumors persist.

But Mick Jagger

LONDON 12 Jul 2012 Rolling Stones, 50, and still rockin'

The group that billed themselves the "World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band" in the 1960s, the Rolling Stones, performed at the Marquee Club in London on 12 Jul 1962. It's one of several performances likely to rank as the official birth in 1962 of the group credited with pioneering British rock's tone of ironic detachment and taboo themes, such as sex as power. The Stones are still turning out genre-setting hits 50 years on. The Stones deny they will celebrate with a world tour, but rumors persist.

But Mick Jagger recently told USA TODAY a 2012 tour is "not on the table." Lingering tensions between Jagger and band mate and childhood schoolmate, Keith Richards, fueled in part by the guitarist's unflattering cracks in his autobiography, "Life," could account for the reluctance to launch a world tour. Jagger has hinted that numerous incidents from the Rolling Stones archives will probably be released in 2012 to commemorate the milestone anniversary.

Information about the celebrations is vague. It is certain to include film and print retrospectives and musical tributes - with or without the Stones. There is a rumor they will perform at the Olympics in London.

Rolling Stone Magazine notes in its biography of the Rolling Stones that the group has done more to define the look, attitude and sound of rock & roll than any other band in the genre's history. In the 1964 British Invasion the Stones were promoted as bad boys, a gimmick that stuck as an indelible image, partly because it was true, according to the magazine. They've become icons of an elegantly debauched, world-weary decadence, elder statesmen who filled arenas well into the 2000s.
The Stones--specifically Jagger, Richards, and Jones--were subjected to intense police and press harassment for drug use and all-purpose degeneracy,
There are many attempts to portray the Stones on screen. They include: Sympathy for the Devil (1968); Let's Spend the Night Together (1982); Gimme Shelter (1970) and Shine a Light (2008).
The Stones made thousands of live performances and multi-million record sales with hits like "Angie" (1973), "It's Only Rock and Roll" (1974), "Hot Stuff" (1976) and "Respectable" (1978).
Mick Jagger was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at the Buckingham Palace in 2003.
The group was inducted in the the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. (WRITTEN Oct 2011)

RELATED READING:

Rolling Stones biography (IMDB)

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1213869/bio

Rolling Stones biography (Rolling Stone Magazine)
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/artists/the-rolling-stones/biography

Rolling Stones biography (Encyclopedia Britannica)
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/507167/the-Rolling-Stones

Will the Rolling Stones launch a tour in 2012? (USA Today 19 Sep 2011) http://www.usatoday.com/life/music/news/story/2011-09-19/rolling-stones/50467346/1

Date written/update: 2012-07-12