The Rolling Stones are a British rock band that has existed a long time by any scale, with a career now spanning five ten-year periods. The band has both figured out ways to stay relevant and been extremely consistent. The vitality and passion present on a Rolling Stones vinyl from the classic rock era is still to be found on a CD offering from the last ten years. The unit still quickly sells out shows on its comprehensive world tours. It is the nearest thing to a rock institution that exists.
Having banded together at the beginning of the 1960’s, the Stones found themselves able to take advantage of the British Invasion phenomenon to gain a following worldwide. The discrepancy between the Stones and the majority of groups in the movement, though, was that their sound, from the get-go, was highly influenced by blues and R&B. In the middle years of the decade, they were using a combination of rock, jazz, and folk. They proceeded to try out psychedelia for the timeframe of a single release before moving back to a bluesier sound, although this was tinged with more country and pure rock than their initial sound.