Rolling Stones retire Brown Sugar after 50 years amid criticism of slavery lyrics

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Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones says their iconic tune Brown Sugar was clearly concerning the “horrors” of the slave commerce, however amid present criticism over its lyrics the band will not carry out it

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The Rolling Stones have retired their tune Brown Sugar after 50 years after criticism over its lyrics.

The band are at present on tour in America, however haven’t performed the hit since their opening evening in St Louis on September 26.

The enduring tune, which was launched in 1971, has all the time been controversial.

Initially known as Black P**** earlier than Mick Jagger determined the title was too “nitty-gritty”, the primary verse of the tune depicts slaves being offered and crushed in Louisiana, with references to a “slaver” that whips “girls simply round midnight.”

Different lyrics embody: “Brown Sugar, how come you style so good?

The Rolling Stones say they will not carry out Brown Sugar for some time


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“Ah, received me feelin’ now for brown sugar, similar to a black lady ought to.”

Regardless of the band making an attempt to tone down the content material swapping “black lady” for “younger lady”, there was widespread criticism of its lyrics.

Nevertheless Keith Richards, who wrote the tune with Mick in 1969, mentioned the which means of the tune was all the time clear: “I am making an attempt to determine with the sisters fairly the place the meat is,’ he instructed The Los Angeles Occasions.

“Did not they perceive this was a tune concerning the horrors of slavery?

“However they’re making an attempt to bury it. In the intervening time I do not wish to get into conflicts with all of this s***.”

Regardless of the fallout. Keith says he nonetheless hopes the band can “resurrect the babe” in some unspecified time in the future.

When Mick was requested concerning the tune’s absence from the latest tour, he mentioned they’d determined to present the tune a break.

Mick says Brown Sugar is a ‘complete mishmash’


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“We have performed Brown Sugar each evening since 1970, so generally you suppose, we’ll take that one out for now and see the way it goes,” he mentioned.

Mick defined in an interview again in 1995 that he was uncomfortable with the lyrics.

“God is aware of what I am on about in that tune,” he mentioned.

‘It is such a mishmash. All of the nasty topics in a single go.”

The tune was reportedly written in simply 45 minutes and Mick admitted that he would not have written it 20 years later as a result of he would have ‘censored himself’.

Mick says he would not write Brown Sugar now


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Talking about his preparation for the Stones’ present tour, Mick, who has eight kids mentioned: “I’ve to do voice earlier than we begin rehearsals, gymnasium, higher physique and sprinting, however my favorite a part of it’s dancing ­as a result of that’s extra like what I’m truly doing on stage.”

And in an epic show of stamina the 78-year-old plans to bounce the space of a whopping 12 miles in the course of the band’s sellout exhibits.

The star mentioned: “I all the time say to my coach we’d like extra dancing in there. It’s rather more enjoyable to enter dance studio and idiot round and take a look at issues out. It’s a good way of protecting match.

“Should you dance for 45 minutes that can put on you out and maintain you match.”

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