The Rolling Stones & Brian Jones Split in 1969

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Brian Jones states that he left The Rolling Stones because he no longer saw “eye to eye” with the rest of the band creatively. Truth be told, it was much more than artistic differences between bandmates that led to Brian Jones’ departure on June 8, 1969.

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While [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Rolling Stones[/lastfm] rose to prominence, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Brian Jones[/lastfm]‘ behavior became erratic and his performances unreliable. The combination of chronic asthma and severe drug use put him in poor health and landed him in the hospital regularly.

Jones was also discouraged and began contributing less to the music. Originally he was the creative power behind The Stones, but the band’s manager and producer, Andrew Loog Oldham, began to push [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Mick Jagger[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Keith Richards[/lastfm] into the creative driver seat.

And let’s not forget, Keith Richards also stole Jones’ girl, Anita Pallenburg, away from him as well. Pallenburg left Jones for Richards in 1967 while on holiday in Morocco.

Way harsh Keith… way harsh.

Almost one month after Brian Jones left The Rolling Stones, on July 3rd, he was found dead in his swimming pool at his East Sussex home. The coroner’s report says Jones’ drowning was drug related, but rumors continue to endure that he was murdered.

Listen to Brian Jones play slide guitar and contribut backing vocals to The Rolling Stones song “I Wanna Be Your Man.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-G6tc1w_7g

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