THE ROLLING STONES CHRONICLE

1967
 

Judge and jury walk out hand in hand


    January 1967: Ron Wood joins the Jeff Beck Group, along with Rod Stewart, and eventually takes up the bass.
 
 

Ron Wood: Getting together with Jeff Beck

I supposed Jeff was one of my best friends, even though he was in another band. When he left the Yardbirds, my group had already wilted and was just about to fold, so that's when we got together.

Some people thought, Oh, you can't go to bass, it's an inferior instrument if you're a guitarist, but it's the other way around. I'm really glad I had that training on bass, because when I went back to guitar I had whole new viewpoint.


 

    January 2, 1967: The Rolling Stones attend Ian Stewart's marriage to Cynthia Gaisford.
 

    January 3, 1967: Bill and his wife Diane decide to separate.
 

    January 9, 1967: Bill's wife Diane goes to live in South Africa and leaves him with their son.
 
 

Charlie Watts & Mick Jagger (1967): A new direction for the Rolling Stones

Charlie: Our scene is really the recording scene. Producing and writing and playing - trying to keep ahead of the rest. This is much more exciting than the show-business aspect.

Mick: We're at a funny stage. We are just making records and have time to gather our thoughts. It's impossible to do that when you're dashing around all over the place, worried about getting to gigs and things. I don't really know whether it's a good thing or not. I know I didn't enjoy last year very much. I enjoyed the things I did but I didn't enjoy things so much as a whole.

It's true we didn't sell so many discs in England during 1966 as in the previous year, but neither did the other groups. As far as abroad goes, America is okay and we broke the Italian and German markets in 1966. We haven't quietened down. It's madder now than ever before. We couldn't possibly go on doing ballrooms and cinema appearances all the time. All the groups seem to be cooling off in this respect.


 

January 13, 1967: The Rolling Stones' single Let's Spend the Night Together / Ruby Tuesday is released.
 
 
 
 
 

January 13-15, 1967: The Rolling Stones fly to New York City and make their fifth appearance on
    The Ed Sullivan Show. Mick Jagger is forced to change the words of Let's spend the night together
    to Let's spend some time together (while rolling his eyes).
 

January 18-19, 1967: At Olympic Studios in London, the Rolling Stones prepare a backing track (an
    unusual version of It's All Over Now) for their upcoming appearance on Sunday Night at the
    London Palladium.
 

January 20, 1967: The Rolling Stones' fifth British studio album, Between The Buttons, is released.  (The U.S. version, their seventh American album, is released on February 11.)
 
 
 
 

January 22, 1967: The Rolling Stones appear for the first time on British TV's prestigious Sunday
    Night at the London Palladium, but cause controversy by refusing to participate in the tradition
    of going on the roundabout at the end of the show.
 
 

Mick Jagger (1967): A Rolling Stones circus

(The Rolling Stones will perform q)uite soon. What I want to do is have a show for young people which is not just pop stars comign on stage singing their latest recordings. I want it to include all kinds of acts- a stage show - except at the end we'll go round on a revolving stage, leaping about fro an hour to make up for the Palladium. Oh, and the ice creams will all have acid in them - that's my brother's idea! I suppose we could take an elephant on stage and break that up!


 

January 25, 1967: The Rolling Stones appear on BBC TV's Top of the Pops.
 

    January 26, 1967: The group has more time off. Mick Jagger flies to Italy to join Marianne Faithfull, then takes
        a holiday with her in the south of France - their relationship becomes public. Bill Wyman and new
        girlfriend Astrid Lundstrom spend time in Spain.
 
 

Astrid Lundstrom: Stone dynamics

(I was) immediately aware of the split in the band: Mick and Keith together, and Brian, Bill and Charlie on the other side. I found it frustrating to be with somebody who was able to be that passive. I felt Bill should be more outspoken, not put up with as much as he did, and I told him so. He said he tried but didn't get very far.


 

    February 5, 1967: Mick Jagger issues a press statement announcing he will sue the British newspaper News of
        the World for alleging he revealed using drugs. (Brian Jones had been mistaken for Mick Jagger.)
 

February 5, 1967: The Rolling Stones appear on British TV's Eammon Andrews Show.
 

February 9-24, 1967: The Rolling Stones start preliminary work on their next album, Their Satanic
    Majesties Request, at Olympic Sound Studios in London.
 

    February 10, 1967: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards attend the orchestra overdub on the Beatles' A Day in the Life
        at EMI Studios in London.
 

    February 11, 1967: Brian Jones does more soundtrack work for A Degree of Murder at Olympic Stound Studios
        in London.
 

    February 11-12, 1967: Keith Richards holds a weekend party at his home Redlands, with Mick Jagger and
        Marianne Faithfull, George and Patti Harrison, art deal Robert Fraser and others. Tipped by the News of the
        World, the police arrive on the premises (when the Harrisons are gone) and conduct a search for drugs. The
        police confiscate pills from Mick Jagger's coat, heroin belonging to Robert Fraser and cannabis resin.
 
 

Keith Richards: A winter Sunday at Redlands

There's a big knock at the door. Everybody is just sort of gliding down slowly from the whole day of sort of freaking about. Everyone has managd to find their way back to the house. TV is on with the sound off and the record player is on. Strobe lights are flickering. Marianne Faithfull has just decided that she wanted a bath and has wrapped herself up in a rug and is watching the box. Bang bang bang, this big knock at the door and I go to answer it. Oh look, there's lots of little ladies and gentleman outside. He says, Read this, and I'm going, Wha? wha? All right. We were just gliding off from a 12-hour trip. You know how that freaks people out when they walk in on you. 

The vibes were so funny for them. I told one of the women with them they'd brought to seach the ladies, Would you mind stepping off that Moroccan cushion? Because you're ruining the tapestries. We were playing it like that. They tried to get us to turn the record player off but we said, No. We won't turn it off but we'll turn it down. As they went, as they started going out the door, somebody put on Dylan's Rainy Day Women really loud. Everybody must get stoned. And that was it.


 

    February 14, 1967: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards meet with a lawyer concerning the bust.
 

   February 26-28, 1967: It is decided it would be safer for the group if Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones
        were out of the country. Keith Richards flies to Paris, France, and is joined by Brian Jones and Anita
        Pallenberg, and the next day they start driving (in Keith's Bentley) down towards Morocco. Brian Jones
        becomes ill and is hospitalized in Toulouse, France.
 
 

Keith Richards: The 1967 bust and Morocco

(W)e had just started to turn on to acid. Yeah, we had picked it up in America in ‘66, on that last tour in the summer and we came home and just laid back and started to get it on. We had been working for a long time without stopping, without thinking, for along time. For three years. The bust ended it. We knew it was going to be heavy... 

The English are very strange. They're tolerant up to a point where they're told not to be. You get to a point up there where somebody turns around and swings a little finger. They've had it in their hands so long, the power. They haven't been fucked since Cromwell, man. First they don't like young kids with a lot of money. But as long as you don't bother them, that's cool. But we bothered them. We bothered 'em because of the way we looked, the way we'd act. Because we never showed any reverence for them whatsoever. Whereas the Beatles had. They'd gone along with it so far, with the MBEs and shaking hands. Whenever we were asked about things like that we'd say, Fuck it. Don't want to know about things like that. Bullocks. Don't need it. That riled 'em somewhere... 

After the bust everyone's reaction was to get out of England. Although the bust happened in February we weren't charged then. They just took some substances. We weren't even arrested. For a while it was hoped that the lawyers could get the whole thing dropped. In the meantime everybody thought the best idea was to get the fuck out of England so nothing else could happen. We decided to go to Morocco.


 

    March 1, 1967: Keith Richards and Anita Pallenberg drive from Barcelona to Marbella, Spain, and start their
        relationship.
 
 

Mick Jagger: Drugs

I was thinking about this the other day, and I don't  really think I was suited to heavy drug behavior, to be perfectly honest. But I don't mind talking about it. It's hard to believe that you did so many drugs for so long. That's what I find really hard. And I didn't really consider it. You know, it was eating and drinking and taking drugs and having sex. It was just part of life. It wasn't really anything special. It was just a bit of a bore, really. Everyone took drugs the whole time, and you were out of it the whole time. It wasn't a special event... 

All these drugs had tremendous influence on behavior. I think half of starting to take drugs in that early period was to kind of place yourself outside of normal society.


 

    March 4, 1967: Anita Pallenberg flies back to Toulouse to see Brian Jones; Keith Richards and his driver Tom
        Keylock ferry to North Africa and drive to Tangier, Morocco, where they meet friends, including Robert Fraser,
        Christopher Gibbs and Michael Cooper.
 

    March 7, 1967: Brian Jones and Anita Pallenberg fly back to London where Brian is re-hospitalized.
 

    March 11, 1967: Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Anita Pallenberg fly down to Tangier, Morocco, to join the others.
        The group drives down to stay in Marrakesh.
 

    March 16, 1967: Brian Jones records Moroccan musicians, while Keith Richards and Anita Pallenberg drive away
        back to Spain. Mick Jagger flies home to England.
 

    March 17-21, 1967: Brian Jones returns to London, and Keith Richards and Anita Pallenberg return to Morocco.
 
 

Keith Richards: Getting together with Anita

By then I'd given up on Brian. I was disgusted with the way he treated Anita Pallenberg and the way he behaved. I knew there wasn't any possibility of any long-term friendship lasting between Brian, me and Mick. But then Anita had had enough. Besides we were really into each other... (W)ith Brian being in between Anita and I for 10 days we both realized there was something more to it than just a bit of a laugh on the journey... 


 

    March 22, 1967: Keith Richards and Anita Pallenberg fly back to London, where the latter goes back home with
        Brian Jones.
 

March 22, 1967: The Rolling Stones rehearse in London for their upcoming European tour.
 

March 23-24, 1967: The Rolling Stones fly to Copenhagen, Denmark, and then on to Malmö, Sweden.
 

March 25-27, 1967: The Rolling Stones start their 1967 European Tour, their last tour of the era, with
    first-time concerts in Helsingborg and Orebro, Sweden.
 
 

Keith Richards: The Anita situation and touring

Brian nearly didn't make the (European) tour. We weren't talking again. Having been through that before it was like being back to square one, except that now he resented me bitterly for taking his chick.


 

March 29-April 2, 1967: The Rolling Stones perform for the first time in Bremen, Cologne and
    Dortmund in West Germany, followed by concerts in Hamburg and Vienna.
 

April 5-9, 1967: The Rolling Stones perform concerts for the first time in Italy, playing in Bologna,
    Rome, Milan and Genoa.
 

April 11-13, 1967: The Rolling Stones perform in Paris, France, followed by their first ever concert
    in a Communist country, Poland, in Warsaw.
 
 

Mick Jagger (1967) & Keith Richards: Warsaw

Mick: I wanted the kids in Poland to have the chance to listen to us. The kids get their records from western European countries, and they hear us on the radio. I'd love to go to Leningrad too.

Keith: Like in Poland, in Warsaw in ' 67. Nearest thing to that Long Beach riot (1965) I ever saw...  We get there, behind the Iron Curtain, do the whole bit, all very uptight. There's army at the airport. Get to the hotel which is very jail-like. Lots of security people about, a lot like America. And it gets even more like America as it goes along. We're invited by the Minister of Culture, on a cultural visit, and we're playing in the Palace of Culture. We get there to do our gig. We go on. Honksi-de-boyski, boysk. Zee Rolling Stones-ki. And who's got the best seats in the house right down front? The songs and daughters of the hierarchy of the Communist Party. They're sitting there with their diamonds and their pearls... and their fingers in their ears. 

About 3 numbers, and I say, Fuckin' stop playing, Charlie. You fuckin' lot, get out and let those bastards in the back down front. So they went. About 4 rows just walked out. All the mamma and daddy's boys. Outside, they've got water cannons... All the cops had white helmets and the big long batons... There were 2000 kids that couldn't get in because of the sons and daughters. They wouldn't have had a riot there if they'd let the kids in. Only later I found out Poland is one of the most corrupt countries in the world. There can't be many bands that have played behind the Iron Curtain.


 

April 14-17, 1967: The Rolling Stones end their European tour with their first ever concerts in Switzerland (Zurich), The Hague in the Netherlands, and Greece (Athens).
 
 

Bill Wyman: Athens

We had another madness in Greece in early '67. They put us in the Panathinaikos Football Stadium, with the crowds in seats and 3 rows of police, so they weren't allowed to leave the seats. Of course as soon as we started they all poured onto the pitch, running and tackling the cops and they stopped the show about 3 times. And the police were beating them with batons, really viciously. Tom Keylock was with us because he worked for Keith and we had all these big bunches of flowers we were going to distribute but we couln't get them to the crowd. So Keylock says I'll do it. He took two armfuls and jumped offstage and ran and had a fight with the police; they broke his nose or wrist. 

The rest all left for England, while I stayed for a holiday and got stuck there, because two days later there was the military coup - that's probably why the police were so uptight. And then we didn't tour until Hyde Park and America in 1969.


 

    April 18-April 23, 1967: Keith Richards and Anita Pallenberg spend time in Rome, Italy, where she is filming
    Barbarella. Brian Jones holidays with Keith Richards' ex-girlfriend, Linda Keith in England.
 

    April 24-May 9, 1967: Keith Richards, Anita Pallenberg and Brian Jones all meet up in Cannes, France for the
        premiere of A Degree of Murder. Brian and Anita have a talk and Brian leaves the film festival early.
 

    April 23, 1967: Bill Wyman and Astrid Lundstrom are able to fly back to London from Athens, after being unable to
        leave because of a political coup in Greece.
 

    May 7, 1967: Brian Jones, along with Ringo Starr, the Beach Boys, the Moody Blues and others, attend a concert by
        the Jimi Hendrix Experience at the Saville Theatre in London, England.
 

    May 9, 1967: Keith Richards flies back to London and spends time with Mick Jagger discussing their court
        appearance the following day. They spend the night at Redlands.
 

    May 10, 1967: In London, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are formerly charged for drug possession and
        allowing premises to be used for cannabis use, respectively. They elect trial by jury. Simultaneously, Brian
        Jones is busted for possession of drugs (cocaine and hashish) at his London apartment, along with his friend
        Prince Stash.
 
 

Keith Richards: Brian's bust

It started coming down heavy for Brian when he got busted for drugs. After that in the next year Brian was out of it. By then it looked like the police were just out to get Brian.


 

    May 11, 1967: Mick Jagger joins the Beatles on their recording of Baby You're a Rich Man at Olympic Sound
        Studios in London.
 

May 16-21, 1967: The Rolling Stones resume recording sessions for their next album at Olympic
    Sound Studios in London, starting work on She's a Rainbow.
 

    May-June 1967: Charlie Watts purchases a mansion in Halland, near Lewes in East Sussex.
 

    June 1967: After playing with The Gods, Mick Taylor joins John Mayall's Bluesbreakers.
 

    June 2, 1967: Brian Jones and Prince Stash are formally charged in court and elect for a jury trial.
 

    June 8, 1967: Brian Jones joins the Beatles on their recording of You Know My Name at EMI Studios in London,
        playing saxophone.
 
 

Paul McCartney: Brian Jones' sax solo

To our surprise (Brian) brought along a sax. I remember him turning up in this big Afghan coat at Abbey Road and he opened up a sax case and we said, We've got a little track here, and so he played sax on it... (I)t's a funny sax solo - it isn't amazingly well played but it happened to be exactly what we wanted, a ropey sax, kind of shaky. Brian was very good like that.


 

June 9-13, 1967: The Rolling Stones do more work on their next single and album, working on
    Dandelion, Citadel and We Love You among other songs at Olympic Sound Studios in London.
 

    June 14-25, 1967: Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull holiday in Tangier, Morocco.
 

    June 15-18, 1967: Brian Jones flies to California and attends the Monterey International Pop Festival.
 

    June 19, 1967: Bill Wyman joins the Royal Horticultural Society.
 

    June 25, 1967: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones attend, and sing backup vocals at, the Beatles'
        live global satellite appearance on Our World, from their EMI Studios in London, recording overdubs on All
        You Need Is Love.
 

    June 26, 1967: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards prepare for court the next day.
 

    June 27, 1967: At Chichester court in London, Robert Fraser pleads guilty to heroin possession and Mick Jagger
        is tried and found guilty by the jury for illegal possession of Benzedrine. Mick Jagger appeals. He and
        Robert Fraser are jailed overnight at Lewes prison.
 

    June 28, 1967: Mick Jagger and Robert Fraser are brought back to Chichester court and put into a cell below
        the courtroom, where Keith Richards' trial starts for allowing his premises to be used for the smoking of
        cannabis. The trial is unfinished at day's end; Keith Richards is released, and Mick Jager and Robert Fraser
        are brought back to Lewis prison.
 

    June 29, 1967: Mick Jagger and Robert Fraser are brought once back again to Chichester court, where Keith
        Richards' trial proceeds. The prosecution finishes, the jury retires and Keith Richards is found guilty. He
        appeals the decision and is sentenced to 12 months in prison and a fine. Mick Jagger and Robert Fraser are
        brought into court for their sentencing. Robert Fraser is ordered 6 months in prison and a fine, and Mick Jagger
        3 months and a fine. Mick Jagger is brought to Brixton prison, Keith Richards and Robert Fraser to Wormwood
        Scrubs prison.
 
 

Keith Richards (in court, June 29, asked if he was embarrassed and found it normal that there was a "young woman wearing only a rug" during the police search):

Not at all... We are not old men. We're not worried about petty morals.


 
Mick Jagger: The 1967 trial

I was deathly scared (during the trial). I was much more frightened than Keith. I broke into tears when they said we had to go to jail. I'm like that...


 

    June 29, 1967: Brian Jones flies to Rome, Italy, where Anita Pallenberg is filming, to try and win her back.
 

    June 30, 1967: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are granted bail and released from jail under conditions,
        pending their appeals. The Who announce they are releasing a single of Rolling Stones covers to offer moral
        support.
 

    July 2, 1967: The London Times features an influential editorial by William Rees-Mogg in defence of Mick
        Jagger, entitled Who Breaks A Butterfly on a Wheel?.
 

July 2-22, 1967: The Rolling Stones continue recording sessions at Olympic Sound Studios in London
    for the We Love You single and Their Satanic Majesties Request, working on On with the Show, The
    Lantern, In Another Land and 2000 Light Years from Home among others. John Lennon and Paul
    McCartney record background vocals on We Love You, Dandelion and Sing This All Together.
 
 

Keith Richards: Making Satanic Majesties

I don't know (that we were trying to copy the Beatles). I never listened any more to the Beatles than to anyone else in those days when we were working. It's probably more down to the fact that we were going through the same things. Maybe we were doing it a little bit after them. Anyway, we were following them through so many scenes. We're only just mirrors ourselves of that whole thing. It took us much longer to get a record out for us, our stuff was always coming out later anyway. I moved around a lot. And then Anita and I got together and I lay back for a long time... 

There was a time in '67, when everybody just stopped, everything just stopped dead. Everybody was trying to work it out, what was going to go on. So many weird things happened to so many  weird people at one time. America really turned itself round, the kids.... coming together... The only thing I can say, from the Stones' point of view, is that it was the first album we ever made off the road. Because we stopped touring; we just burned up by 1966. We finished Between The Buttons, you know, Let's Spend the Night Together, and boom, we stopped working for like a year and a half. And in that year and a half, we had to make another album. And that was insane - on acid, busted, right? It was like such a fractured business, a total alien way of working to us at the time. So it kind of reflects.


 
Bill Wyman: "In Another Land"

I went to the studio one night and when I arrived at the studio Glyn (Johns) said, The session's canceled, so I said, Oh, what a drag, 'cause it was quite a drive for me, about a 45 minute drive. And he said, Well... got any songs you want to mess around, try and demo and things? Nicky Hopkins was there on keyboards. I'm not sure whether Charlie was there or not. I can't remember. And I said, Yeah, 'cause I'd been messing with this song. It was a bit... what I thought was kind of spacy, you know... a bit kind of Satanic Majesties-like. And psychedelic in a way. 

And he said, We'll have a go at it and I just used those players and next door, in the other studio, were the Small Faces who were recording. And Steve Marriott came in and Ronnie Lane and they sang with me 'cause I just didn't want to sing. So I used that tremolo effect on the voice 'cause I was really uptight about my singing - which I still am. And we just used effects and we tried all kinds of things and it came out quite nice and I went home sort of reasonably satisfied, with an experiment, if you like. And next day I got to the studio and we were just chatting about what we were going to do tonight and Glyn said, Hey, hang on, he said to Mick and Keith and Brian. He said, Hang on, have a listen to this, and put the tape on, played them a rough mix. They said, That's really good, what is it? He said, Bill. He did it yesterday. And so they all liked it and they thought it fitted in so we put it on the album.


 

    July 3, 1967: Brian Jones checks into a health clinic asking for help and is refused.
 

    July 5-24, 1967: Brian Jones spends time at the Priory Nursing Home in Richmond, Surrey.
 

July 15, 1967: The Rolling Stones' U.S. compilation album Flowers is released, a mixture of recent hits, unreleased songs and album tracks having appeared only in the UK.
 
 
 
 

    July 24, 1967: Brian Jones leaves for Malaga, Spain, with his new girlfriend Suki Poitier.
 

July 30, 1967: The Rolling Stones shoot promotional film clips for We Love You and Dandelion in
    London, parodying the trial of Oscar Wilde and enlisting Marianne Faithfull's collaboration.
 

    July 31, 1967: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards attend their appeal hearings in court. Keith Richards' conviction
        is overturned, while Mick Jagger's is upheld but his sentence is quashed. Mick Jagger flies to Essex to film a
        TV discussion on World In Action.
 
 

Mick Jagger & Keith Richards: The trial's aftermath

Mick: The trial wore me out. It wore my bank balance out. Cost a fortune. The whole thing is sort of a game between different lawyers. Nothing happened. I mean, they put us through a lot of hassle and took a lot of bread off of us...

Keith: (The trial) kind of said, OK, from now on it's heavy. Up till then (pop music) had been show biz, entertainment, play it how you want to, teenyboppers. At that point you knew they considered you to be outside - the're the ones who put you outside the law. Like Dylan says, To live outside the law, you must be honest. They're the ones that decide who lives outside the law. I mean, YOU don't decide, right? You're just living. I mean your laws don't apply to me, nobody says that, because you can't. But they say it. And then you have to decide what you're going to do from then on.


 

    August 1-9, 1967: Keith Richards joins Anita Pallenberg in Rome again; Brian Jones vacations in Marbella,
        Spain; Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull holiday in Ireland; Bill Wyman and Astrid Lundstrom spend time
        with the Wattses at their estate.
 

August 10-September 7, 1967: The Rolling Stones continue haphazard recording sessions at
    Olympic Sound Studios in London for Their Satanic Majesties Request.
 

August 18, 1967: The Rolling Stones' single We Love You is released in the UK.  (Released in the U.S. on September 2.)
 
 
 
 
 

    August 25-27, 1967: Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull join the Beatles on a transcendental meditation seminar
        by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Bangor, Wells.
 

    September 1967: Charlie and Shirley Watts move into their new home Peckhams in Halland, East Sussex.
 

    September 4 & 8, 1967: Bill Wyman produces recording sessions for The End in London at Olympic Sound Studios.
 

September 13-17, 1967: The Rolling Stones fly into New York and shoot the album cover of Their
    Satanic Majesties Request.
 

September 20, 1967: The Rolling Stones announce they are splitting from their manager Andrew
    Oldham.
 
 

Ian Stewart: Getting rid of Andrew Oldham

At some stage (the band) realized that Andrew (Oldham)'s ideas on producing were only ideas he'd got from them in the first place. There must have been some sort of bust-up with Andrew 'cause all of a sudden they really wanted to get rid of him. Before they started Satanic Majesties a lot of time was booked at Olympic. Andrew was supposed to be there as producer. And he was there only in a literal sense. We went in and played a lot of blues just as badly as we could. Andrew just walked out. At the time I didn't understand what was going on. They were probably a bit fed up with Oldham wanting to be the record producer and not really producing.

He's a brilliant guy, actually, Andrew. And if it were not for him, I don't think the Stones would've gotten to where they are now. They WOULD have made it no matter what. I mean, there would have been a group exactly like the Rolling Stones and they would have been as good as the Rolling Stones, whether Brian and I existed on the face of this earth or not. But they would've probably, if not for the careful handling of the group by Andrew, burned themselves out in two or three years by playing too much. Andrew was very careful about the exposure and image of the group. He only slipped up when he tried to be a record producer.


 

October 2-5, 1967: The Rolling Stones continue work for Satanic Majesties at Olympic Sound Studios
    in London, finishing Citadel and The Lantern among others.
 
 

Bill Wyman (1990): Stone alone

Although I was strongly against drugs for myself, I was put in a vulnerable position by the pushers who were constantly around the band - in the studios, on the tour in dressing-rooms, hotels, planes, cars... I had to keep aware because if the cops did bust us I would have been thrown in jail together with the rest of them, as would Charlie. And who would believe that we weren't involved?... I accepted that if I was in the band, it was something that had to be tolerated. But they wouldn't lift a finger to help me in my family situation... So the "separatism" built up... I hardly socialized with the others for ten years from about 1967.


 

    October 5, 1967: Brian Jones records with Jimi Hendrix at Olympic Sound Studios.
 

October 11-23, 1967: The Rolling Stones finish recording sessions for Their Satanic Majesties Request
    at Olympic Sound Studios in London.
 
 

Mick Jagger: Finishing Satanic Majesties

I was happy (when the album was finished). I breathed a sigh of relief because we had finally finished it. It's just there to take it or leave it... I'm very conscious of the fact that it doesn't reflect (our arrests) in any of the songs. That they aren't all about policemen as they could well have been... 


 

October 1967: The Rolling Stones film promotional film clips for She's a Rainbow and 2000 Light Years
    from Home in London.
 

    October 30, 1967: Brian Jones appears in court in London for his trial. He is found guilty of cannabis possession
        and allowing his premises to be used for the smoking of cannabis, and jailed for 12 months and fined. He
        spends the night at Wormwood Scrubs prison. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards fly to New York to mix and
        master Their Satanic Majesties Request.
 

    October 31, 1967: Brian Jones is released on bail, pending an appeal.
 

    November 8, 1967: Bill Wyman produces another sessions for The End at Olympic Sound Studios in London, with
        Charlie Watts participating.
 

    November 13, 1967: Bill Wyman and Astrid Lundstrom fly to New York City, and then on to Bermuda for a holiday.
 

    November 30, 1967: Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman record interviews for BBC radio's Top Gear.
 

    Early December 1967: Brian Jones travels through southwestern England.
 

December 8-9, 1967: The Rolling Stones' 8th U.S. studio album, and 6th UK album, Their Satanic Majesties Request, is released.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mick Jagger & Keith Richards: Satanic Majesties

Mick: Satanic Majesties had interesting things on it, but I don't think any of the songs are very good. It's a bit like Between The Buttons. It's a sound experience, really, rather than a song experience. There's 2 good songs on it: She's A Rainbow, and 2000 Light Years from Home. The rest of them are nonsense... I think we were just taking too much acid. We were just getting carried away, just thinking anything you did was fun and everyone should listen to it. The whole thing we were on acid...

Satanic Majesties was the mood of the time. You can't play or write outside the mood of the times, unless you live on a mountain... In those times it was flowers, beads and stars on your face, that's what it was. In fact, I'm rather fond of that album, and I wouldn't mind doing something like that again... (W)e were just obviously out to lunch. I'm saying this because I just heard it recently and realized how much I liked it. What surprised me was the comedic feeling and all the jokes and things we'd never dream of doing now.

Keith: It's so unbelievable. It was so weird to make an album and not be on the road that it was totally UNLIKE recording. I liked a few songs, like 2000 Light Years, Citadel and She's a Rainbow, but basically I thought the album was a load of crap. That album was made under the pressure of the court cases and the whole scene that was going on in London at that time.


 

    December 12, 1967: Brian Jones appears in court in London for his appeal, which Mick Jagger attends. The
        defence provide medical testimony that he has become suicidal. His prison sentence is quashed, and he is
        given 3 years probation under condition of treatment, and fined.
 

    December 13, 1967: Brian Jones is driven to hospital by his chauffeur, after being found unconscious in his
        appartment following drug and alcohol over-use. He returns to the Priory clinic.
 

December 21, 1967: The Rolling Stones appear on British TV's Top of the Pops.
 

    Late December 1967: Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull holiday in the Bahamas; Keith Richards and Anita
        Pallenberg in Morocco; Brian Jones in Sri Lanka; and Bill Wyman and Astrid Lundstrom in Sweden.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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