The Rolling Stones are a British rock band that has Rega turntableexisted a long time by any scale, with a career now spanning five ten-year periods. The band has both figured out ways to stay relevant and been extremely consistent. The vitality and passion present on a Rolling Stones vinyl from the classic rock era is still to be found on a CD offering from the last ten years. The unit still quickly sells out shows on its comprehensive world tours. It is the nearest thing to a rock institution that exists.
Having banded together at the beginning of the 1960's, the Stones found themselves able to take advantage of the British Invasion phenomenon to gain a following worldwide. The discrepancy between the Stones and the majority of groups in the movement, though, was that their sound, from the get-go, was highly influenced by blues and R&B. In the middle years of the decade, they were using a combination of rock, jazz, and folk. They proceeded to try out psychedelia for the timeframe of a single release before moving back to a bluesier sound, although this was tinged with more country and pure rock than their initial sound.
The blues-country-rock cross that the Stones took on in the late '60's lasted for several albums' worth of music up to the middle of the '70's. The band's relevance was in jeopardy by the later part of the decade, however, as innovative movements in popular music had become highly popular. With one more reinvention that entailed them using punk, disco, and reggae in their work, though, the five-piece was right back in the thick of things.
The mid 1980's saw some tumultuous times for the band. Lead singer Mick Jagger and rhythm guitar man Keith Richards, the two key players in the group, had a falling out, and both ended up producing solo records. It turned out that these were just brief excursions, nonetheless, as the band did not end up calling it quits, even when it seemed as though they might. Subsequent to the hiatus from the road that came along with the individual releases, the band began touring again with the launch of 1989's Steel Wheels. Another three album releases followed in the next twenty years. None were earth-shattering stylistically, but all were solid, with modern-day production splashes that did not obscure the band's signature rough, raunchy sound.
When people spin old Stones LPs on their Rega turntables, Rega turntable they are hearing music that the band could have conceivably made only a handful of years ago. The Brits, while constantly having their finger on the pulse of popular music, have still succeeded in preserving their exclusive identity over the span of all the years. The continual celebrity of the group is verification of the degree to which they have become cemented in popular culture. The Stones' impressive durability up to this point seems to denote them never calling it quits or vanishing from the public eye.