It was wild man Brian Jones who gave the Rolling Stones their name and even though he left/was asked to leave the band on unfriendly terms, he had a huge influence on the band’s sound. Known to be complicated and both incredibly charming and extremely difficult, Jones’ short life was spent with several of the decade’s most beautiful women (Nico, Anita Pallenberg, Marianne Faithfull).
It’s little wonder, with his deep set eyes, shaggy blond hair and dapper peacock style that was never shy of ascots, patterns, hats, scarves, and loud suits. I know rock and rollers try to emulate the look today, but it tends to just look like costume compared to the real original. Sorry, I just don’t think Russell Brand could pull off a huge rhinestone brooch and a white cap in the same way.
Of course, Jones is now perhaps more remembered for his tragic death at 27, reported as an accident but believed to possibly have been murder. Due to a recent reporters investigation and previous confessions and interviews, the general consensus is that it wasn’t fully investigated and that general contractor Frank Thorogood was the killer.