Not Sucking in the Seventies: The Rolling Stones and the Myth of Decline

  title={Not Sucking in the Seventies: The Rolling Stones and the Myth of Decline},
  author={S. Philo},
  journal={Rock Music Studies},
  pages={295 - 314}
  • S. Philo
  • Published 2 September 2015
  • History
  • Rock Music Studies
This article reappraises the Stones’ “lost years.” However, in covering their reputation-imperiling half-decade between 1973 and 1978, it reaches back to the band’s fabled 1960s heyday and forward to its “revival” in order to identify continuities in practice and performance to counter the critical orthodoxy. Through the ’70s, the Rolling Stones released eight studio albums and one live set and toured almost annually; and, while their growing number of critics were keen to charge them with… 


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