THE ROLLING STONES "Street Fighting Man" Single, released August1968 Album: Beggars Banquet (Released 6 December, 1968) Visual: taken from unusual art film Umano Non Umano (“Human Not Human”),1972, directed by Mario Schifano. "Street Fighting Man" was featured on The Rolling Stones' 1968 album Beggars Banquet. Called the band's "most political song," Rolling Stone ranked the song number 301 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Originally titled and recorded as "Did Everyone Pay Their Dues?", containing the same music but very different lyrics, "Street Fighting Man" is known as one of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards' most politically inclined works to date. Jagger allegedly wrote it about Tariq Ali after he attended a 1968 anti-war rally at London's US embassy, during which mounted police attempted to control a crowd of 25,000. He also found inspiration in the rising violence among student rioters on Paris's Left Bank, the precursor to a period of civil unrest in May 1968. Bruce Springsteen would comment in 1985, after including "Street Fighting Man" in the encores of some of his Born in the U.S.A. Tour shows: "That one line, 'What can a poor boy do but sing in a rock and roll band?' is one of the greatest rock and roll lines of all time. ... [The song] has that edge-of-the-cliff thing when you hit it. And it's funny; it's got humour to it." Jagger continues in the Rolling Stone interview when asked about the song's resonance thirty years on; "I don't know if it [has any]. I don't know whether we should really play it. I was persuaded to put it [on Voodoo Lounge Tour] because it seemed to fit in, but I'm not sure if it really has any resonance for the present day. I don't really like it that much." Despite this, the song has been performed on a majority of the Stones' tours since its introduction to their canon of work. On the song, Richards said, only a few years after recording the track in a 1971 Rolling Stone interview with Robert Greenfield, that the song had been "interpreted thousands of different ways". He mentioned how Jagger went to the Grosvenor Square demonstrations in London and was even charged by the police, yet he ultimately claims, "it really is ambiguous as a song." (wikipedia) Visit ROLLING STONES - Child Of The Moon (Promo video 1968) https://youtu.be/w6oNgJSsYnk THE ROLLING STONES - 'We Love You" (lyrics): https://youtu.be/iHcjMlKaBpM Mick Jagger – vocals, percussion Keith Richards – amplified acoustic guitars, bass guitar Brian Jones – sitar, tamboura Charlie Watts – drums with Dave Mason – shehnai, bass drum Nicky Hopkins – piano The Rolling Stones official website: http://www.rollingstones.com Copyright of the visual: © Believe Entertainment IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: The music'/song, visual and lyrics remain copyright of their respective owners and are strictly used here for educational, comparison, and discussion reasons. Thank you!
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