The Beatles vs. Rolling Stones: Which band is the most rock and roll?


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Megastars Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger, the respective faces of The Beatles and the Rolling Stones, final week reignited the decades-long rivalry between the two British supergroups.

McCartney, 79, belittled the Stones by calling them a “blues cover band,” whereas Jagger, 78, disparaged the Fab Four for failing to play large stadiums — in distinction to the 1000’s of live shows staged by the “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” singer and his cronies.

Fans have debated the relative skills of the bands ever since they shot to fame in the early ’60s. But, other than the high quality of their music, the teams earned the joint popularity of get together animals — not less than after The Beatles ditched their clean-cut picture.

Although neither seems to have trashed a lodge room or bitten the head off a bat, The Post asks whether or not the Stones or The Beatles have been the most rock ‘n’ roll.

Staying related

The Beatles

The mop-tops hoped to interact with Generation Z with the launch final week of their @TheBeatles TikTok channel. It options golden oldies, interviews with surviving band members McCartney and Ringo Starr and behind-the-scenes footage of recordings of songs equivalent to “Let It Be.” But the key venture bringing the Liverpool legends to prominence this yr is the Nov. 25 launch of the eye-opening, four-part docuseries “Get Back” on Disney+.

The Beatles pictured in 1964.
The Beatles, pictured in 1964, are hoping to recruit followers from Generation Z with a brand new TikTok channel.
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The Rolling Stones

Nearly 60 years after forming the Stones, the artists behind “Gimme Shelter” and “Sympathy for the Devil,” who final week retired their 1971 hit “Brown Sugar” attributable to cultural sensitivities, proceed to play to sold-out crowds at the world’s most prestigious venues. Their 2021 No Filter tour kicked off final month at the Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis, with tickets costing as a lot as $500.


The Beatles

John Lennon
John Lennon, photographed as a clean-living New Yorker shortly earlier than his premature loss of life in 1980, was as soon as hooked on heroin.
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Despite mixing in hedonistic circles in the band’s early days in cities like Berlin, John, Paul, George and Ringo have been initially lightweights when it got here to substance use. According to McCartney, Bob Dylan launched them to marijuana once they visited New York in 1964. The septuagenarian stated it was so potent, it made them really feel like “the ceiling was coming down.” Nonetheless, it didn’t cease McCartney from changing into a dope and LSD fiend. He was reportedly fined and arrested quite a few instances for drug possession in the ’70s and ’80s and even served a week-plus stint in a Tokyo jail for marijuana possession. Now, as a doting grandfather, he claims his liking for weed is all in the previous. Sadly, Lennon developed a heroin habit in the late ’60s, which apparently contributed to his rising alienation from his bandmates. He had put his opiate dependence behind him forward of his surprising homicide in 1980.

The Rolling Stones

Keith Richards
Guitarist Keith Richards was one in all the world’s most infamous drug addicts — he reportedly forked over an astonishing $16,000 per week to feed his cocaine and heroin behavior.
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It’s been well-documented that the hellraisers from London smoked, guzzled and snorted. It has been reported that Ronnie Wood freebased cocaine utilizing a Bunsen burner he smuggled into events. Tragically, Wood’s fellow guitarist Brian Jones, then 27, drowned in his swimming pool in 1969, and an post-mortem confirmed he had a closely enlarged coronary heart and liver attributable to ingesting and medication. As for Jagger, he obtained a three-month jail sentence (later quashed) in 1967 for possession of amphetamines. But the Stones’ premier drug consumer was lead guitarist Keith Richards, who stays alive at present regardless of having reportedly as soon as nursed a $16,000-a-week behavior. He was repeatedly plastered throughout the entrance pages after quite a few arrests involving marijuana, heroin and cocaine. In a sensational interview in 2007, the eccentric strummer made the weird confession of allegedly having snorted a few of his dad’s ashes together with some “blow.”

Sex scandals

The Beatles

Paul McCartney has admitted that, again in his Beatles heyday, he had a “wonderful experience” with two “hookers” in Las Vegas — a liaison he claimed was “the closest I came to an orgy.” He additionally divulged that Lennon was a fan of the occasional threesome, as soon as inviting a husband and spouse again to his home and encouraging the girl’s different half to look at. Perhaps most revealing of all, in 2018, McCartney acknowledged that he, Lennon and their pals would get pleasure from mutual masturbation periods “instead of getting drunk and partying.”

The Rolling Stones

Marianne Faithfull
British singer Marianne Faithfull, pictured in the Sixties, was concerned with three members of the Rolling Stones: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones.
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It’s onerous to know the place to start out with Mick Jagger’s headline-grabbing encounters with lovers of each genders. According to Christopher Andersen, writer of the 2012 biography: “Mick: The Wild Life and Mad Genius of Jagger,” the rocker seduced David Bowie, his good-looking A-list peer, in the early ’70s. Other males that Andersen linked to Jagger included Eric Clapton and posh English actor James Fox, with whom he allegedly launched into a “sort of romance.” Rather surreally, the biographer additionally claimed that TV host Geraldo Rivera as soon as discovered himself trapped in a “sexual sandwich” between Jagger and ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev at a showbiz occasion.

As for girls, Andersen purported that the Lothario had a considerably “ambiguous” relationship with Princess Margaret, with whom he would get together on the personal Caribbean island of Mustique. But his four-year affair with singer Marianne Faithfull was extensively recognized. Card-carrying British rock chick Faithfull occurred to be the ex of Jagger’s bandmates Richards and Brian Jones. Another juicy element Andersen claimed in his ebook was his estimation that Jagger, who now has eight kids by 5 completely different girls, had no fewer than 4,000 notches on his bedpost.

But Jagger’s exploits pale compared to the sexual proclivities of Stones bass guitarist Bill Wyman. In the mid-Eighties, he allegedly started a relationship with then-14-year-old British schoolgirl Mandy Smith. The couple wed in 1989 when Smith was 18 and Wyman was 52, earlier than divorcing simply two years later.

Mutual rivalry

The Beatles

John Lennon fired the opening salvo in opposition to the Rolling Stones in 1970 when he accused Jagger and his buddies of copying The Beatles. His declare centered on the launch three years earlier of the Stones’ album “Satanic,” which, based on Lennon, featured songs that mimicked their music. “Every f–kin’ thing we did, Mick does exactly the same — he imitates us, ” Lennon stated. A yr later, he continued his rant, saying, “Mick’s a joke” and the rival band was “not in the same class, music-wise or power-wise” as the Fab Four.

Members of The rolling Stones
Drummer Charlie Watts (far proper) died this summer time however his bandmates, the Rolling Stones, are presently on their 2021 tour, known as No Filter.
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The Rolling Stones

In 1987, reflecting on the breakup of The Beatles 18 years earlier, Jagger expressed principally disdain. He claimed it was “a very good idea” and added that he “couldn’t give a s–t” about the cut up that devastated followers. Meanwhile, Keith Richards twisted the knife in 2015 when he described The Beatles’ ground-breaking 1967 album, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” as “a mishmash of rubbish” and a “load of s–t.”

Not solely that, however in a precursor to Jagger’s oneupmanship over the Stones’ spectacular live performance file, the guitarist patronized the competitors by praising their “lovely sound and great songs.”

Then, as a ultimate insult, he snarked: “But the live thing? They were never quite there.”