Street Fight­ing Man

The Rolling Stones (1968)

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In­tox­i­cated by the air of rev­o­lu­tion blow­ing over from the Paris stu­dent protests and hav­ing shown his face at the ear­lier anti-Viet­nam demon­stra­tion in Lon­don’s Grosvenor Square, Mick Jag­ger cast him­self as the nar­rowhipped har­bin­ger of vi­o­lent up­ris­ing, be­moan­ing “sleepy Lon­don town” for not be­ing suf­fi­ciently in­sur­rec­tionary as the clash and rat­tle of the Stones’ back­ing re­ver­ber­ated with the sound of “march­ing, charg­ing feet.” Street Fight­ing Man was seized upon as a clar­ion call for the gen­uine rev­o­lu­tion­ary fer­vour boiling over in 1968, with so­cial­ist news­pa­per Black Dwarf com­par­ing the lyrics to En­gels, US ra­dio sta­tions ban­ning it and Decca ini­tially re­fus­ing to re­lease it. “It’s stupid to think you could start a rev­o­lu­tion with a record,” sniffed the singer, ner­vously back-ped­dling away from his po­si­tion as the Che Gue­vara of pop. Per­haps not, but few have writ­ten a bet­ter sound­track to one.

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