THE ROLLING STONES SONG OF THE DAY- STREET FIGHTING MAN

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The Rolling Stones Song of the Day is- “Street Fighting Man.” Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards- Street Fighting Man opens side two of Beggars Banquet. The most political song of The Rolling Stones career- Jagger wrote the song after attending an anti-war rally at the U.S. embassy in London which attracted 25,000 protesters. He was also inspired by the rising violence among students in Paris in 1968. Street Fighting Man was a song for the summer of 1968- and there was a backlash against the song in the United States which was having a nervous breakdown in the summer of 1968. The single of Street Fighting Man peaked at #48 as some radio stations wouldn’t play it. The song was out when the riots were going on at the Democratic National Convention that August in Chicago- and Chicago stations refused to play it because they feared it would incite further rioting. I used to assume that both Street Fighting Man and the second single off of Beggars Banquet- Sympathy For The Devil had been huge hits in the US- since over the years they have been played so much on the radio and are Stones concert staples-but neither of them made the Top 40 in the US. I agree with Bruce Springsteen who said that one of the greatest lines in rock and roll is- “What can a poor boy do but sing in a rock and roll band.”

 

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