My music playlist for today (July 12, 2012 edition)

Why have I been having a “renegade week” in the playlist, and why was it inspired by something that’s happening today?  Because not many bands last for 50 years, and it was 50 years ago today that Mick Jagger played his first show with The Rolling Stones, the original rock-and-roll “renegades.”

English: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in 197...

English: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in 1972 tour at Winterland in San Francisco, in June (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now, 50 years later, they’re still going strong despite “what a drag it is getting old” and there are rumblings about a 50th anniversary tour at some point.

But, today, it’s a celebration of 50 years since Jagger took the stage at London’s Marquee Club with guitarists Keith Richards and Brian Jones, bassist Dick Taylor, keyboard player Ian Stewart, and drummer Mick Avory, and they rocked the house.

Of course, there’ve been a few changes to the band since then — guys like Mick Taylor and Ronnie Wood coming in to play the guitar after Jones passed away, Bill Wyman taking over on bass for so many years, and Charlie Watts has been laying down one of the steadiest drum beats known to mankind since 1963.

Man, it’s a simple wonder that Richards himself has even lasted this long.  But, without Richards, where would Johnny Depp have gotten his inspiration for “Jack Sparrow” in “Pirates of the Caribbean?”

Renegades = pirates = Jack Sparrow = Keith Richards = The Rolling Stones = the first “street fighting band” to make it not just “big” but “HUGE .”  The first “bad boys” of rock, and we’re still paying attention to them 50 years later.

How many other bands can say that?

Rolling Stones hint at tour ahead of 50th anniversary celebration

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Hi, my name's John. I've thought about this blogging stuff for a number of years now. I got into it for real on November 10, 2011, after suddenly losing my job in late October that year. I've been blogging ever since, and I kept it up on a daily basis over a period of a year and four months of being unemployed or under-employed, to try and paint a picture of what being jobless with a family to support can be like. Finally, on February 28, 2013, I got a better job that put us back into the "middle class." But then that job went away, and I took a job as a transit bus driver that put us more in a lower income bracket. Now, I want to blog again on a more regular basis to tell of the kinds of struggles people like us go through as we work toward something better. Who knows, maybe I can actually turn this blogging stuff into a way to earn a living someday! If you go to my blog at and click on my About page, it'll tell you a lot about me -- maybe more than you ever wanted to know. I'm just your average, laid-back guy who's GOING TO MAKE IT IN THIS WORLD, despite all the roadblocks thrown in the way. I also launched a "niche" blog on music at that I'm very excited about because of the popularity of music playlist articles here. Also, check out and "Like" this blog's Facebook page at for instant updates. Look forward to seeing y'all around!
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2 Responses to My music playlist for today (July 12, 2012 edition)

  1. Bumba says:

    Yeah, the Stones are pretty good. That Muddy Waters one was a special treat.

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