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The Rolling Stones Rock & Roll Circus Filmed

The Rolling Stones Rock & Roll Circus was filmed over 18 hours on December 11th and 12th, 1968. Featuring The Rolling Stones, The Who and a Supergroup called Dirty Mac featuring Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell and John Lennon amongst others. It was due to be shown by the BBC, but Mick Jagger held it back as he was unhappy with their performance.
Tragically it would also be the last time Brian Jones would perform with The Rolling Stones. He died in his swimming pool little more that 6 months later.

“Something Else” released by The Kinks

Post “Face To Face”, Ray Davies started to look beyond the hit single with his writing stating he wanted to do “Something Else”, giving The Kinks the title for their 5th album. Released in September 1967 in the UK and January 1968 in the USA, it was not a big hit, but is now considered a classic album, ranked 288 on Rolling Stone Magazines 500 Greatest Albums of all Time and spawning the classic singles “Waterloo Sunset” and “Death of a Clown”

Kurt Cobain is born in Aberdeen, Washington

Kurt Donald Cobain was born on February 2th, 1967 to father Donald and mother Wendy in Gray’s Harbor Community Hospital overlooking Aberdeen, Washington. He weighed 7lbs and 7.5 oz and had a darkish complexion, which soon lightened, and azure eyes that drew compliments from all that saw him.

Police raid Keith Richard’s “Redlands” home in Sussex for drugs

Around 5:30pm on February 12th, 1967, around 20 police descended on Keith Richards’ Sussex home, “Redlands”. Both Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were arrested and sentenced to jail for drug offenses. Amid much public outcry The Rolling Stones found an unlikely ally in the shape of the conservative editor of The Times, William Rees-Mogg.
The Time’s editorial piece, “Who breaks a butterfly on a wheel?” is considered to be a key factor in Keith Richards acquittal and Mick Jagger’s conditional discharge. It also signified a major shift in public opinion in the UK.

“Face to Face” released by The Kinks

You think The Beatles made a huge leap forward with Revolver? Well, The Kinks made a quantum leap with “Face to Face”! Released in the USA on December 7th, 1966 it barely made the top 100 in the album charts. However “Face to Face” saw the beginning of Ray Davies and The Kinks Golden Era, producing some amazing records.

The Kinks release “The Kink Kontroversy”

The Kinks released “The Kink Kontroversy” on November 26th, 1965 in the UK with the US release coming on March 30th, 1966. By now The Kinks were blossoming and coming into their own as musicians and Ray Davies was finding his voice as a song-writer. However it is called “The Kink Kontroversy” for a reason.
By now the Davies brothers were at each others throats with their on-stage fall-outs spilling over into audience riots. On top of this, for reasons that have never been made entirely clear, the American Federation of Musicians banned The Kinks from touring the U.S between 1965 to 1969.

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