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Monday, 2 July 2018

"Monkey Man" - Rolling Stones 1969 + "Brian Jones found dead" 03 July 1969

Brian Jones died 49 years ago today 03 July 1969:

"Brian Jones found dead"


Obituary: Brian Jones

Not just a guitarist for the Rolling Stones, but an embodiment of the music itself.

Monkey Man (Rolling Stones)

James Kelly Published on Jun 28, 2011 
I'm a fleabit peanut monkey
And all my friends are junkies
That's not really true

I'm a cold Italian pizza
I could use a lemon squeezer 
[could this be a reference to heroin that needed a few drops of lemon juice [citric acid] added to it in order to facilitate the transformation of said heroin into an injectible item [see below]? Often brown heroin would be bought from, eg. the Notting Hill probably Mafia/Cosa Nostra-related Italians in the squats there at the time, or got on the street eg. from the "Chinatown" Gerrard St. Soho London Triad-related Chinese in the late 70's that needed citric/acetic acid [lemon juice] added to it in order for it to be usable, usually adding just 3 or 4 drops of the juice from a lemon bought from a local shop. Having been arrested often for the possession of said substance back then the forensic reports of actual opiate content of any substance arrested for showed an unsurprising and typical content of only around 15-20% of actual opiate found at any given time, if that...ed.]

What you do?

But I've been bit and I've been tossed around
By every she-rat in this town
Have you babe?

But I am just a monkey man
I'm glad you are a monkey woman too

I was bitten by a boar
I was gouged and I was gored
But I pulled on through

Yeah, I'm a sack of broken eggs
I always have an unmade bed
Don't you?

Well I hope we're not too messianic
Or a trifle too satanic
But we love to play the blues

But well I am just a monkey man
I'm glad you are a monkey woman too
Monkey woman too babe

I'm a monkey man
I'm a monkey man
I'm a monkey man
I'm a monkey man
I'm a monkey
I'm a monkey
I'm a monkey
I'm a monkey
Monkey, monkey

I'm a monkeyWriter/s: KEITH RICHARDS, MICK JAGGER 
Publisher: Abkco Music, Inc.
Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Lemon juice as a solvent for heroin in Spain.

Page JB1, Fraile JS. Author information - Abstract Preliminary observations and responses to interviews in Valencia, Spain reveal that injecting drug users (IDUs) dissolve heroin before injection with two or three drops of lemon juice. Solution in lemon juice makes heating of heroin in water unnecessary. This pattern apparently developed spontaneously in Spain, but is almost unknown elsewhere in the world. Its implications for IDUs' health remain speculative, but use of lemon juice to dissolve heroin for injection deserves further scientific study.

Different forms of heroin and their relationship to cook-up techniques:

data on, and explanation of, use of lemon juice and other acids. Strang J1, Keaney F, Butterworth G, Noble A, Best D. Author information - Abstract Recent reports of the use of lemon juice in the preparation of heroin for injection have failed to recognize the importance of the different forms of heroin (in the form of the salt or the base) and the impact of this on the chemical manipulation required before injection. One hundred and four opiate addicts in London were interviewed about the forms of heroin (white, brown, etc) and their relationship to cook-up techniques (use of heat and acid). White heroin was typically prepared with water and heat; brown heroin was prepared with acid (citric acid or Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) or lemon juice) and heat; pharmaceutical heroin was prepared with water only (i.e. neither acid nor heat). On the last occasion of heroin use, brown heroin had been the form most commonly used, with over 90% of the sample using citric acid or vitamin C. Lemon juice was rarely used, and heat was almost universally applied in conjunction with lemon juice ["lemon juice was rarely used" - untrue - lemon juice was often used with different types of street smack - how else could one use the sh-t if you have no citric acid to facilitate it? Nearest thing was buying a lemon from a nearby grocer - a common practice then].

How citric acid dissolves heroin 

 Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed (full album)

Let It Bleed

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Let It Bleed
Studio album by The Rolling Stones
Released5 December 1969
RecordedNovember 1968, February–July, October–November 1969
StudioOlympic StudiosLondon; Elektra Studios, Los AngelesSunset Sound, Los Angeles[1]
LabelDecca (UK)
London (US)
ProducerJimmy Miller
The Rolling Stones chronology
Beggars Banquet
Let It Bleed
Sticky Fingers
Singles from Let It Bleed
  1. "Let It Bleed"/"You Got the Silver"
    Released: January 1970 (Japan only)
Let It Bleed is the eighth British and tenth American studio album by English rock band the Rolling Stones, released in December 1969 by Decca Records in the United Kingdom and London Records in the United States. Released shortly after the band's 1969 American Tour, it is the follow-up to 1968's Beggars Banquetand the last album by the band to feature Brian Jones as well as the first to feature Mick Taylor.


Although the Stones had begun the recording of "You Can't Always Get What You Want" in November 1968, before Beggars Banquet had been released, recording for Let It Bleed began in earnest in February 1969 and continued sporadically until early November.[2] Brian Jones performs on only two tracks: playing the autoharpon "You Got the Silver", and percussion on "Midnight Rambler". His replacement, Mick Taylor, plays guitar on two tracks, "Country Honk" and "Live with Me", as well as on "Honky Tonk Women" which was recorded during the Let It Bleed sessions. Keith Richards, who had already shared vocal duties with Mick Jagger on "Connection" and sung separate lead vocals on parts of "Something Happened to Me Yesterday" and "Salt of the Earth", sang his first solo lead vocal on a Rolling Stones recording with "You Got the Silver".[3] The London Bach Choir sang on "You Can't Always Get What You Want" but publicly disassociated itself from the album, citing what author Stephen Davis terms its "relentless drug ambience".[4]
Let It Bleed was originally scheduled for release in July 1969. Although "Honky Tonk Women" was released as a single that month, the album itself suffered numerous delays and was eventually released in December 1969, after the band's US tour for it had already completed.[citation needed] The majority of the album was recorded at Olympic Studios in London, with further work taking place at Elektra Sound Recorders Studios, 962 La Cienega BoulevardLos AngelesCalifornia, 90069, while the Stones prepared for the tour.[5] The Los Angeles-recorded portions included overdubs by guest musicians Merry Clayton (on "Gimme Shelter"), Byron Berline (on "Country Honk"),[6] and Bobby Keys and Leon Russell (on "Live with Me").[7] Finally, an unreleased version of "I Don't Know The Reason Why (a. k. a. Hillside Blues)" was also recorded there in October 1969 with Mick Taylor.

Music and lyrics[edit]

Style and influences[edit]

Like Beggars Banquet the year before, as well as the subsequent two releases, the album marks a return to the group's more blues-based approach that was prominent in the pre-Aftermath period of their career. The main inspiration during this string of albums was American roots music and Let It Bleed is no exception, drawing heavily from gospel (evident in "Gimme Shelter" and "You Can't Always Get What You Want"), Hank Williams and Jimmie Rodgers("Country Honk"),[8] Chicago blues ("Midnight Rambler"),[9] as well as country blues ("You Got The Silver", "Love In Vain") and country rock ("Let It Bleed").[10]
According to Don Heckman from The New York TimesLet It Bleed was a "heavy" and "passionately erotic" album of hard rock and blues, influenced by African-American music.[11] Richie Unterberger, writing for AllMusic, said it "extends the rock and blues feel of Beggars Banquet into slightly harder-rocking, more demonically sexual territory."[12] Mojo magazine's James McNair felt the record had an emphasis on "earthy" country blues.[13]
Due to their experimentation during the mid-1960s, the band had developed an eclectic approach to arrangements. Slide guitar playing is prominent (played entirely by Richards, except "Country Honk", which was performed by Mick Taylor), and is featured on all songs except "Gimme Shelter", "Live With Me" and "You Can't Always Get What You Want", giving the album an authentic blues feel throughout. In addition, an array of session musicians embellish the songs with various instruments. Alongside the de rigueur piano performances (Ian StewartNicky Hopkins), the record included fiddle (Byron Berline),[8] mandolin (Ry Cooder),[14] organ and French horn (Al Kooper),[15] as well as vibes (Bill Wyman)[16] and autoharp (Wyman,[17] Jones[18]). Of more importance, however, was the debut of both renowned saxophonist Bobby Keys on "Live With Me", a musician who was integral at giving the group's arrangements a soul/jazz background, and guitarist Mick Taylor, who took on lead guitar duties with technically proficient playing, giving the band a harder rock sound during the late 1960s/early 1970s.[19]


Generally, the album's lyrics deal with 1960s life; there is social commentary on the Vietnam War ("Gimme Shelter"), as well as the hippie movement, drug culture and politics ("You Can't Always Get What You Want"), but at the same time there are love-related topics, ranging from desolate ("Love In Vain", written by Robert Johnson), to heartwarming ("You Got The Silver", written by Richards), sensual, innuendo-filled ("Let It Bleed"), and humorous ("Live With Me"). Moreover, "Monkey Man" satirizes and comments on the band's public image and lifestyle while "Midnight Rambler" has a very cinematic, suspenseful approach, talking about its titular serial killer (inspired by Albert DeSalvo) in the third-person before Jagger slowly assumes the role after the first half of the song.
The lyricism found on Let It Bleed is often noted for its violent and cynical undercurrents. Jann S. Wenner, in a 1995 Rolling Stone interview with Jagger, described the album's songs as "disturbing" the scenery as "ugly" and asked Jagger if the Vietnam War played a role in the album's worldview. Jagger said: "I think so. Even though I was living in America only part time, I was influenced. All those images were on television. Plus, the spill out onto campuses".


The album cover displays a surreal sculpture designed by Robert Brownjohn. The image consists of the Let It Bleed record being played by the tone-arm of an antique phonograph, and a record-changer spindle supporting several items stacked on a plate in place of a stack of records: a film canister labelled Stones – Let It Bleed, a clock dial, a pizza, a tyre and a cake with elaborate icing topped by figurines representing the band. The cake parts of the construction were prepared by then-unknown cookery writer Delia Smith.[20] The reverse of the LP sleeve shows the same "record-stack" melange in a state of disarray.[21] The artwork was inspired by the working title of the album, which was Automatic Changer.[22]
The album cover for Let It Bleed was among the ten chosen by the Royal Mail for a set of "Classic Album Cover" postage stamps issued in January 2010.[23][24]
Jagger originally asked artist M. C. Escher to design a cover for the album; Escher declined.[25][26]

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Retrospective reviews
Review scores
AllMusic5/5 stars[27]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music5/5 stars[28]
Entertainment WeeklyA[29]
The Great Rock Discography9/10[28]
Music Story5/5 stars[28]
MusicHound Rock5/5[30]
Rolling Stone5/5 stars[32]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide5/5 stars[33]
Released in December, Let It Bleed reached number 1 in the UK (temporarily demoting The BeatlesAbbey Road) and number 3 on the Billboard Top LPs chart in the US, where it eventually went 2× platinum. In a contemporary review for Rolling Stone magazine, music critic Greil Marcus said that the middle of the album has "great" songs, but "Gimme Shelter" and "You Can't Always Get What You Want" "seem to matter most" because they "both reach for reality and end up confronting it, almost mastering what's real, or what reality will feel like as the years fade in."[34]
Let It Bleed was the Stones' last album to be released in an official mono version, which is rare and highly sought-after today. Netherless, this mono version is merely a 'fold-down' of the stereo version, despite it being included in 'The Rolling Stones in Mono'(2016) box set. The album was released in US as an LP recordreel to reel tapeaudio cassette and 8-track cartridge in 1969, and as a remastered CD in 1986. In August 2002, it was reissued in a remastered CD and SACD digipak by ABKCO Records, and once more in 2010 by Universal Music Enterprises in a Japanese only SHM-SACD version.[35]
In a retrospective review, NME magazine said that the album "tugs and teases" in various musical directions and called it "a classic".[31] In his 2001 Stones biography, Stephen Davis said of the album "No rock record, before or since, has ever so completely captured the sense of palpable dread that hung over its era."[4] In a five-star review for Rolling Stone in 2004, Gavin Edwards praised Keith Richard's guitar playing throughout the album and stated, "Whether it was spiritual, menstrual or visceral, the Stones made sure you went home covered in blood."[32] Jason McNeil of PopMatters wrote that Beggars Banquet and Let It Bleed are "the two greatest albums the band’s (or anyone’s) ever made".[36] In Steven Van Zandt's opinion, Let It Bleed was one in the Stones' series of four studio LPs – including Beggars Banquet (1968), Sticky Fingers (1971) and Exile on Main St. (1972) – that was "the greatest run of albums in history".[37]
In 2000, Q magazine ranked it at number 28 in its list of "The 100 Greatest British Albums Ever". In 2001, the TV network VH1 placed Let It Bleed at 24th on their "100 Greatest Albums of R 'n' R" survey. In 1997, it was voted the 27th "Best Album Ever" by The Guardian.[28] In 2003, Rolling Stone ranked it at number 32 on the magazine's list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time".[38]
Let It Bleed has sold over 7 million copies worldwide since 1969.[39]

Track listing[edit]

The track listing on the back of the album jacket did not follow the one on the album itself. According to Brownjohn, he altered it purely for visual reasons; the correct order was shown on the record's label. Additionally, "Gimme Shelter" is rendered as "Gimmie Shelter" on the jacket. Some releases have "Gimmie Shelter" on the cover, the inner sleeve and the LP label.
All songs written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, except "Love in Vain" by Robert Johnson. Early US editions of the album credit the song to Woody Payne, a pseudonym used by a music publisher of the songs of Robert Johnson.
Side one
1."Gimme Shelter"4:31
2."Love in Vain"4:19
3."Country Honk"3:09
4."Live with Me"3:33
5."Let It Bleed"5:26
Total length:20:58
Side two
6."Midnight Rambler"6:52
7."You Got the Silver"2:51
8."Monkey Man"4:12
9."You Can't Always Get What You Want"7:28
Total length:21:23


The Rolling Stones
Additional personnel


Chart (1969–70)Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[40]2
Canada Top Albums/CDs (RPM)[41]4
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[42]1
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[43]3
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[44]2
UK Albums (OCC)[45]1
US Billboard 200[46]3
Chart (2007)Peak
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[47]37
Chart (2012)Peak
French Albums (SNEP)[48]138


RegionCertificationCertified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[49]Platinum100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[50]Platinum300,000^
United States (RIAA)[51]2× Platinum2,000,000^
*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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External links[edit]

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  • Manager Andrew Loog Oldham publicized The Stones by asking "Would you let your daughter marry a Rolling Stone?" He was positioning them as bad boys as opposed to the goody-goody Beatles. Contrary to popular belief, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones were actually friends. Though at the time, The Stones were illustrated as being the anti-Beatles for publicity, the two bands were on very good terms. They even attribute some of their early accomplishments to the other; for instance, The Stones got their first recording contract from Decca on the suggestion of George Harrison to Decca's head man. The Beatles admired the Stones for their refusal to wear the matching stage suits that the Beatles dawned to win affection from the fans, and Brian Jones' ability at playing the harmonica. (thanks, Emily - Philadelphia, PA)
  • Piano player Ian Stewart, considered the "6th Stone," was not an official member of the group because manager Andrew Loog Oldham felt he didn't fit the Stones image. He died of a heart attack in 1985.
  • In 1968, The Stones taped a British TV special called Rock and Roll Circus. It featured music and circus performances, with guests Jethro Tull, John Lennon, Taj Mahal, and The Who, among others. Lennon's first performance without the Beatles, it never aired on TV, but was released on video in 1995.
  • In 1989, Bill Wyman opened a restaurant in London called Sticky Fingers.
  • Their long hair was considered outrageous in 1963. They took out a Christmas ad in a paper saying "Best wishes to all the starving hairdressers and their families."
  • Jagger and Richards did a lot of drugs. Brian Jones did enough to kill him, but Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts stayed mostly clean.
  • The Stones are named after Muddy Waters' "Rollin' Stone Blues." Blues artists like Waters had a strong influence on The Stones.
  • They almost became a Rock and Roll casualty in 1963 when their van skidded off a bridge, but it didn't flip over. Their road manager and piano player Ian Stewart was driving.
  • Brian Jones was found dead in his swimming pool on July 3, 1969. The coroner's report listed "death by misadventure." He had major drug problems and left the band a few weeks earlier.
  • When Mick Taylor left in 1975, The Stones considered Jeff Beck, Wayne Perkins, Havey Mandel, Rory Gallagher, and Peter Frampton before deciding on Ron Wood.
  • Richards was arrested for heroin possession in 1977. As part of his sentence, he played 2 shows for blind children in Toronto with The New Barbarians, a group he formed with Ron Wood, Stanley Clarke, Bobby Keys, Joseph Modeliste, and Ian McLagan. Richards was facing a long jail sentence but got off easy. He thinks the judge went easy on him after hearing from a blind girl who Richards helped go to Stones shows.
  • Their 1981 world tour was the first tour to be sponsored. Jovan perfume paid them $4 million. Kimo Kekeahuna-Vail, the Hawaiian Kahuna, shaman and impresario, served as executive producer of the tour and convinced Mick Jagger and The Stones to take on a sponsorship. Kahuna never sponsored another Rock act because, as he said... "How can you top touring with the gods." Kahuna followed up with award winning tours sponsorships with Julio Iglesias/Coca-Cola and then Willie Nelson/Wrangler Jeans, creating the genre of tour sponsorship. (thanks, Kahuna - Maui, HI)
  • In 1983 Jagger was commissioned to write his autobiography. After the first manuscript, he gave back his advance and quit the project.
  • Most of their songs were credited to Jagger/Richards. This angered Mick Taylor and Bill Wyman, who did not receive writing credit for their contributions. Ron Wood got occasional credits.
  • The Stones did not appear as a group at Live Aid, but Jagger did duets with David Bowie and Tina Turner, and Richards and Wood played with Bob Dylan.
  • They are the highest earning rock band in history. Their concerts have grossed over $750 million.
  • It is rumored that Bill Wyman coined the term "Groupie" during their 1965 Australian tour.
  • In 1971, the powers that be behind the production of A Clockwork Orange briefly toyed with the idea of casting Jagger in the lead role as Alex and having the rest of the Stones along as his "droogs." Yeah, that could have been Mick sitting their with his eyeballs propped open screaming "Me glazzies!"
  • Jagger was knighted in 2002. Richards thought it was very hypocritical of him to accept the honor, since the Stones have always been critical of the British monarchy and English law.
  • Jagger (on their music): "It's a noise we make. That's all. You could be kind and call it music." (thanks, Brett - Edmonton, Canada)
  • Before joining The Stones, Brian Jones used the stage name Elmo Lewis. He was in the duo Lewis and Ponds with Paul Jones, who used the name "Paul Pond." Paul Jones was offered the job of Stones lead singer, but turned it down. (thanks, whitney - Houston, TX, for above 2)
  • In 2002, The Stones played a private concert for a Texas investor named David Bonderman, who also hired John Mellencamp and Robin Williams to perform. The show was in honor of his 60th birthday, and The Stones' fee was $7 million.
  • They were the headliners of the most-attended concert in Canadian history. They headlined the SARS benefit show in Toronto in July, 2003. Some of the supporting bands in the lineup included AC/DC, Rush, and the Guess Who. (thanks, Kyle - Wingham, Ontario, Canada)
  • Their famous tongue logo was inspired by the Indian Hindu goddess Kali The Destroyer. It was designed by John Pasche, who was a student at the Royal College of Art in London when he got a gig designing a poster for The Stones 1970 European tour. Mick Jagger was wowed by the poster, so he asked Pasche to create a logo for their new record label. Jagger suggested Kali as a starting point, and Pasche incorporated Mick's mouth into the design. The logo first appeared on the inner sleeve of the Sticky Fingers album. The cover of that album was designed by Andy Warhol, who is sometimes mistakenly credited with creating the lips logo.
  • Jagger (1983): "I'm totally anti-nostalgia; I never listen to old Rolling Stones records. I'm not really interested in them. They're funny, sometimes, to hear." (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
  • Mick Jagger and Keith Richards grew up together in Dartford, Kent, in England. They went to the same primary school together (very similar to children's' daycare) but parted when they went on to different grammar schools. They met up again in their late teens at a train station, when Keith noticed Jagger carrying some blues records under his arm. Blues, which were inaccessible in England at the time, were Mick and Keith's mutual passion.
  • The Stones' most infamous drug bust occurred at Redlands, Keith Richards' English estate. Richards was holding a house party with a large number of guests, of whom was Mick Jagger and his girlfriend at the time, Marianne Faithfull. (George Harrison also attended, but left conveniently before the police arrived.) Mick and Keith were arrested after amounts of LSD and other drugs were found in their possession. They were both sentenced with significant jail time, but their charges were dismissed after a newspaper editor published an article condoning the court for issuing unfairly harsh punishments for a relatively minor offense, with an alleged bias against their growing fame. (thanks, Emily - Philadelphia, PA, for above 2)
  • They were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in January 1989. In his acceptance speech, Jagger honored 2 people who were not presently with the band: Brian Jones and Ian Stewart.
  • Ron Wood's brother Ted was in the band The Temperance Seven, who had a hit with "You're Driving Me Crazy" in 1961.
  • Jagger was knighted in 2003 for "services to popular music." (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France, for above 3)
  • The Rolling Stones don't go on tour without their snooker table. In addition, the rock stars asked for video games and a ping pong table in their USA '97-'98 rider. For the 2005 "A Bigger Bang" tour the band has dropped video games for watching cricket on satellite or cable TV. The latter rider also reveals what names the rock singers give to their dressing rooms backstage: Mick Jagger's is "Workout," Charlie Watts has "Cotton Club," Ron Wood is in "Recovery" and Keith has "Camp X-Ray."


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