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Rolling Stones live 1966 (silent footage)
*Taken from the Kinolibrary Archive Film collections (silent film)
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The year was 1966, a time when rock and roll was on the brink of a revolution. And at the forefront of this musical transformation stood the legendary Rolling Stones. Known for their electrifying performances and rebellious spirit, the Stones were a force to be reckoned with.Recently, rare silent footage of the Rolling Stones’ live performance in 1966 has been unearthed, offering fans a glimpse into the raw energy and talent of the band during their early years. This historical discovery serves as a time capsule, transporting us back to a pivotal moment in music history.In this captivating footage, we witness Mick Jagger’s mesmerizing stage presence as he prowls the stage, exuding charisma and delivering his signature, high-energy vocals.
The chemistry between Jagger and Keith Richards, the band’s dynamic guitarist, is palpable as they effortlessly harmonize and feed off each other’s energy.The silent nature of the footage allows us to focus on the music itself. The Stones’ blues-inspired rock sound reverberates through the venue, captivating the audience and leaving them craving for more.As we watch this rare footage, it becomes evident why the Rolling Stones have become synonymous with rock and roll. Their electrifying performances and rebellious attitude solidified them as one of the greatest bands of all time. The silent video brings to life the energy and passion that made the Stones iconic in the ’60s and continues to captivate audiences to this day.
From Dangerous Minds:
The even numbered years seemed to have been more successful for the Rolling Stones than the odd. The band formed in 1962, had their first number one album and number one single in ‘64, made their breakthrough album in ‘66, released Beggar’s Banquet, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and “Street Fighting Man” in ‘68, released Exile on Main St. in ‘72, Black and Blue in ‘76 and Some Girls in ‘78. While the odd numbers came at a price—in 1965 Richards was nearly electrocuted onstage, then came the drugs bust, chaos and disintegration of Their Satanic Majesties Request in ‘67, Brian Jones’ death and the murder of Meredith Hunter at Altamont in ‘69, the fires at Richards’ homes in ‘71 and ‘73, or his arrest for heroin in Canada in 1977—it’s all enough conspiracy to make a numerologist’s head spin.
1966 was a good year for the Stones—they released their fourth studio album Aftermath, which was their first album to be compiled of songs written solely by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards; they had successfully toured Australia, Europe and America before returning to England for a tour of the UK and were well out of the shadow of their rivals The Beatles.
The band was also in negotiations to make a movie, Only Lovers Left Alive, adapted from the novel by Dave Wallis, and to be directed by Nicholas Ray of Rebel Without a Cause fame.