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The Stones are Called “Dreadful”, Keith Moon’s Advice to Young Drummers & More [This Week in Music History]

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May 10, 1963:  The Rolling Stones produce their very first recordings at Olympic Studios in London, but Decca Records rejects them all, calling them “dreadful”.

This keen insight is precisely why record company executives are so highly regarded by so many.

May 11, 1964:  The Rolling Stones are refused lunch at The Grand Hotel in Bristol, where they’re staying, because they’re not wearing jackets and ties.

The Daily Mirror describes them as “the ugliest group in Britain” but notes that it appears that has absolutely no bearing on their collective ability to get laid.

May 6, 1967:  The Who’s Keith Moon offers insightful advice to young drummers during an interview in Melody Maker magazine:  “To get your playing more forecful, hit the drums harder.”

That one wrote itself.

May 10, 1968:  Jim Morrison incites a riot at a Doors’ concert in Chicago.  After writhing, jumping and even sliding maracas into his pants, the crowd rushes the stage and destroys it.

During the melee, one female fan screams her approval of Jim’s male enhancement, shouting “nice package!”

May 8, 1970:  The Beatles release “Let it Be”, their last album of original material, although it was actually recorded before the previously released “Abbey Road”.

The rehearsals and recording sessions are as comfortable as Ted Nugent at an animal rights rally, with at least one Beatle secretly attempting to hire a hit man, and more than one attempting to push the others off the Apple building rooftop.

Now Yoko is really blamed.

May 11, 1970:  The soundtrack to the original Woodstock festival is released, featuring Jimi Hendrix, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Joe Cocker, The Who, and many others.

All of them rush out to buy it because they don’t remember being there either.





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