Watch Rolling Stones Play Rollicking ‘Rip This Joint’ in 1995

178The Rolling Stones will release Totally Stripped, a CD and DVD collection of rare studio tracks and previously unreleased live footage that expands on 1995’s Stripped album. The package comes out June 3rd.

“[We took] the best element[s] from [MTV] Unplugged, the intimate thing of it, without actually doing it completely unplugged,” said Mick Jagger at the time. In an exclusive clip, now streaming, the Stones play a rollicking live rendition of the Exile on Main Street favorite “Rip This Joint.”

Shot at Amsterdam’s Paradiso, the video offers a sample of the set’s previously unreleased concert footage, taken from three live shows in Europe during the summer of spring and summer of 1995. A deluxe edition of the Totally Stripped DVD includes a revised documentary of the same name, three previously unreleased full-length concerts and a 60-page hard-book set.

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Rolling Stones’ ‘Exhibitionism’ Heading to New York

177The Rolling Stones’ massive, career-spanning Exhibitionism exhibit, which opened at London’s Saatchi Gallery in April, will head to New York in November.

The Stones and Exhibitionism curator Ileen Gallagher revealed Tuesday that the exhibit – featuring stage clothing, classic album artwork, vintage gear, photography, stage designs, personal diaries, behind-the-scenes footage, a recreation of the band’s first apartment and more memorabilia – will set up shop at the West Village’s Industria Superstudio, the first stop on what’s being billed as “the largest touring experience of its kind ever to be staged.”

“We’ve been thinking about this for quite a long time but we wanted it to be just right and on a large scale,” Mick Jagger said in a statement. “It’s not going to be like walking into a museum. It’s going to be an event, an experience. It’s about a sense of the Rolling Stones – it’s something we want people to go away talking about it.”

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10 Classic Albums Rolling Stone Originally Panned

176Being a music critic is not always easy. Sometimes you have a matter of hours to listen to a new record, digest it and produce a review that will live forever. But some albums take many, many listens to truly reveal themselves. Imagine hearing a group like AC/DC or the Ramones for the first time without any context: The music might seem ridiculous and childish, and even if you grow to revere the group in question, your first impression is the only thing anyone will remember. We’ve been running reviews in Rolling Stone since the very first issue in 1967. That’s thousands and thousands of reviews, and more than a few times, we have panned an album that went on to become a beloved classic. Here are 10 of the most infamous instances – along with our revised takes, by different writers, that appeared later.

In the very first issue of Rolling Stone, Jon Landau expressed his deep dissatisfaction with the new album by a young band called the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

“Everything else is insane and simply a matter of either you dig it or you don’t. Basically I don’t for several reasons. Despite Jimi’s musical brilliance and the group’s total precision, the poor quality of the songs and the inanity of the lyrics too often get in the way. Jimi is very much into state-of-mind type lyrics, but even so, lines like ‘Manic depression is a frustrating mess,’ just don’t make it. It is one thing for Jimi to talk arrogantly and without any pretense at artistry; it’s another to write lyrics in that fashion. In this context ‘I Don’t Live Today’ can be seen as both the best and worst cut on the album. The best because it is performed with such exquisite precision and control, and the worst because what Jimi is trying to get across is such a drag: ‘There’s no life nowhere … Dig it if you can, but as for me, I’d rather hear Jimi play the blues.'” –Jon Landau

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Massive Rolling Stones Mono Box Set for Release

175The Rolling Stones Sixties catalogue will be the subject of a new box set, due out this fall, that will compile mono versions of some of their most famous recordings.

The Rolling Stones in Mono will collect the group’s U.K. and U.S. releases from 1964’s The Rolling Stones through 1969’s Let It Bleed alongside a collection of singles and EP tracks dubbed Stray Cats. In total, the set will contain 186 songs, 56 of which have never been made available in mono since the digitalization of music. Record label ABKCO will issue several versions of the release on September 30th.

The physical editions of the collection will be available in either 15-CD or 16-LP configurations and will also contain a 48-page book containing a 5,000-word essay by Rolling Stone’s David Fricke and rare photos by Terry O’Neill. It will also come out digitally in a variety of formats: standard digital, mastered for iTunes and True HD.

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The Rolling Stones British rock group

174The Rolling Stones, British rock group, formed in 1962, that drew on Chicago blues stylings to create a unique vision of the dark side of post-1960s counterculture. The original members were Mick Jagger (b. July 26, 1943, Dartford, Kent, England), Keith Richards (b. December 18, 1943, Dartford), Brian Jones (b. February 28, 1942, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England—d. July 3, 1969, Hartfield, Sussex, England), Bill Wyman (b. October 24, 1936, London, England), and Charlie Watts (b. June 2, 1941, London). Later members were Mick Taylor (b. January 17, 1948, Hereford, East Hereford and Worcester, England), Ron Wood (b. June 1, 1947, London), and Darryl Jones (b. December 11, 1961, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.).

No rock band has sustained consistent activity and global popularity for so long a period as the Rolling Stones, still capable, more than 50 years after their formation, of filling the largest stadia in the world. Though several of their mid-1960s contemporaries—notably Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, and Van Morrison—have maintained individual positions in rock’s front line, the Rolling Stones’ nucleus of singer Jagger, guitarist Richards, and drummer Watts remains rock’s most durable ongoing partnership.

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