A Banquet of Butterflies for Brian, and the Dawn of the Midnight Rambler

It was 46 years ago today that Rolling Stones founder and early leader Brian Jones was found at the bottom of his swimming pool on July 3, 1969. Here’s my meditation (in the guise of a CD review) on what the Stones had become in the year or two leading up to that fateful day; and what they were on the verge of becoming — a reinvention borne of both necessity and evolution — without him.

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English: Grave of Brian Jones of the Rolling S... English: Grave of Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, Priory Road Cemetery in Prestbury, Gloucestershire (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My first bootleg LP, covr of Mick reads Shelley, Hyde Park, July 5, 1969Rising from the butterflies and ashes of Brian's death: the Midnight RamblerLive Confetti: at least a few butterflies survivedPhoto of Mick TAYLOR and ROLLING STONES and Mick JAGGER

For those who couldn’t make (or afford) the Rolling Stones’ return to Hyde Park in London this month after a mere 44-year hiatus, here’s a little something that’s far cheaper, but just might be as long: my review essay for the cool live music blog and website, Collectors Music Reviews (CMR to friends like you), of a just-now-surfacing new bootleg release of the original ’69 concert that turned into a tribute to their founder, Brian Jones. Tragically, Jones had been discovered drowned just two days earlier at the age of 27, a couple of weeks after splitting from the Stones, supposedly successfully battling his various addictions, and reportedly looking forward to new musical ventures with new people. Alas, it would never come to pass. 

So the Hyde Park show (King Crimson, among others, were also on the…

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