While they went on to become millionaires, the teens at the time felt that they could relate to the Rolling Stones. The Stones were the new spokesmen for youth culture.
This new band, named the Rolling Stones by one of its founders, Brian Jones, might have just become like so many other bands but for their luck, tenacity, and musical talent. They chose to play more rhythm and blues, which made them less popular with most of the jazz club owners,
The music came across the airwaves and suddenly it felt as if the world was actually changing. Things went from black and white or grey to full Technicolor: no army, there's rock'n'roll music and as long as you've got a bit of bread you can buy anything, you don't need to queue.
At the center of it with Brian Jones. He was the musically gifted Stone, the one who could pick up any instrument - from a saxophone to a sitar - and learn to play it in less that half an hour.
Little did the Rolling Stones know how apt their name - inspired by the title of a Muddy Waters song, “Rollin’ Stone” - would turn out to be. Formed in 1962, they hold the record for longevity as a rock and roll band.
Mick Jagger has combined global superstardom, relationships with some of the world’s most beautiful women; a fantastic family life, including a contented 20-year marriage and seven children; with creative genius and fundamental musical integrity and billion dollar business success.
Keith Richards grew up fascinated by guitars and - when rock 'n' roll emerged as a new musical expression in his early teens - with the American Blues genre. A chance meeting with infant school associate Mick Jagger on the train station at Dartford revealed a shared interest in this music, which led to friendship and then to the formation of The Rolling Stones with Brian Jones and Ian Stewart.
Over the course of their career, the Stones never really abandoned blues, but as soon as they reached popularity in the U.K., they began experimenting musically, incorporating the British pop of contemporaries like the Beatles, Kinks, and Who into their sound.
Albums like ''Beggars Banquet,'' ''Let It Bleed'' and ''Exile on Main Street'' articulated some of the thoughts and aspirations of an entire generation, and even the Rolling Stones' troubles - the murder at their free concert in Altamont, their drug arrests - seemed to mirror the troubles their generation of young fans was experiencing.
Throughout their career, Mick Jagger (vocals) and Keith Richards (guitar, vocals) remained at the core of the Rolling Stones. The pair initially met as children at Dartford Maypole County Primary School. They drifted apart over the next ten years, eventually making each other's acquaintance again in 1960, when they met through a mutual friend, Dick Taylor, who was attending Sidcup Art School with Richards.