Brian Jones, Yoko Ono, Julian Lennon, John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Roger Daltrey,
Pete Townshend, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, Keith Moon,
during rehearsals for the Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus at Internel television studio in London on December 10,1968.
“I’d like to just list what we (The Beatles) did and what the Stones did two months after on every fucking album and every fucking thing we did. Mick (Jagger) does exactly the same, he imitates us” - John Lennon
We turned white America’s brain and ears around. And I wouldn’t say we were the only ones– without the Beatles probably nobody would have broken the door down. And they certainly weren’t bluesmen. American black music was going along like an express train. But white cats, after Buddy Holly died and Eddie Cochran died, and Elvis was in the army gone wonky, white American music when I arrived was the Beach Boys and Bobby Vee. They were still stuck in the past. The past was six months ago; it wasn’t a long time. But shit changed. The Beatles were the milestone.
The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, 11 December 1968.
Jethro Tull (Ian Anderson, Glenn Cornick, Clive Bunker, Tony Iommi), The Who (John Entwistle, Roger Daltrey, Keith Moon, Pete Towsnhend), Taj Mahal, Ed Davis, Gary Gilmore, Chuck Blackwell, Marianne Faithfull, The Dirty Mac (John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Mitch Mitchell), Yoko Ono, Ivry Gitlis, The Rolling Stones (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts), Nicky Hopkins, Rocky Dijon
I don’t think it’s about who’s ‘better’. I think that the Rolling Stones were a better rock and roll band and the Beatles were just a better ‘band’. Like, obviously there are two different types of music going on because the Stones were sort of like interested in rock and roll and R&B and blues music and the Beatles were functioning more as this band that was being magical and interesting and beautiful. So I think it’s like two different colors in the same spectrum of a rainbow. Like, you can’t say orange is better than red, but dammit, they’re both beautiful.