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“Here’s the optimum utilization of the electric guitar. What James Brown and so many important black artists taught us were laid down by The Rolling Stones on this record.
“The band was young and raw and virtually uninhibited - just a gang of garage band maniacs! They put every ounce of their spirit into emulating and revering the black American rhythm and blues and gospel that they took their cues from.
“Every piece of great music took something from grinding, beautiful black music. Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Lightnin’ Hopkins - the Stones delivered it with a heretofore unprecedented authority. A group of limeys interpreting American music better than Americans themselves? [laughs] That’s a magical thing. Truly extraordinary."