Brian Jones the most iconic Stone would have been 70 day- a celebration of a lost soul
Coni T Poni wrote this celebration of Brian at 70 which we are running again as the band retrain for their 50th anniversary tour…
Lewis Brian Hopkins Jones, Born on this day Seventy Years ago, known to music lovers and those with a passing interest in music, as one Brian Jones, founding member of The Rolling stones, flamboyant Dandy, and lover, who owned the term Bohemia.
Spawned from the original seed of the Bohemian plant, Multi- instrumentalist Brian Jones began the trek into his adult life seeking escape, and was described once, as being an Irresponsible Drifter, in a letter submitted, Anon, to a College in Cheltenham, where he was to attend. This subsequently contributed to the Colleges refusal of his admittance.
Quite Lucky for us, (the eardrum and beat of bloody great music,) Brian Jones continued on in his Bohemian trek, spending a summer in Northern Europe where he busked on the streets to make money, Before returning to England, and eventually Co-founding, The Rolling Stones, with Keith Richards and Mick Jagger, in 1962. The three lived together in a flat that Richards would christen, ”ËA Beautiful Dump.’
Inevitably, this was the beginning of a beautiful amalgamation of magick, and although I have never witnessed the Mind, Body and Soul, of The Magick live, (The youth of my parents, will always be my eternal burden) I play them on my tape deck and sway and grind and swing my eager toosh, as though I am the Rainbow on this Ruby Tuesday, on an almost daily basis in my life as a fellow irresponsible Drifter.
For I, Brian Jones, is, was, and always will be The Rolling Stone, of The Rolling Stones. It has been said before that Keith and Mick were the mind and body, respectively, of The Rolling Stones, and Brian was the soul. It was Jones who started the band, made the calls, pushed the boundries beyond limits, he was the Founding father who gave life to, nurtured, maintained and fed the band it’s nutrients, only to lose access once the band was old enough to walk on it’s own to feet, flourished on his wisdom, The band had flown it’s nest and Jones’ uses were becoming lesser.
A fashion Icon, sharply dressed and always clean cut, Jones wore meticulously fitted velvet jackets. Always more than often, donned in shirts, some striped, others plain, or patterned and often worn with Cravats. Style of an eccentric. Eventually, the jeans got tighter, and the boots bigger. The epitome of unconventional, his famous Blonde Bowl haircut, hazel eyes, An Art unto himself, an aesthetic effigy. And although style and beauty are not just aesthetic, decorum and grace define both.
Jones was featured, alongside his then lover, Anita Pallenberg, in an issue of ”ËMen in Vogue’, in 1966. Anita Pallenberg suggested he always tried to look like Francois Hardy. He certainly took a good swing at it, almost hitting the look of Darling Hardy, on the very fine nail.
At a time when music and fashion were the law of life, Brian Jones immersed himself in beautiful women of the Moment. He attended Monterey Festival in 1969 with a Beautiful and equally tragic Nico on his arm. They dated briefly during this time.
Beyond the music, trend setting hair style, loves, loathes and lusts, Jones was burdened, like many of his fellow artists, with the abuse of substances such as drink and alcohol.
While I am often reluctant to take heed to read or write about the demise of such talents, Brian Jones’ demise is a tragic one. Jones pulled out of (or was forced out) The Rolling Stones in 1969, prior to a planned North American tour, which Jones was unable to join, due to his criminal record for possession of Cannibis.
In July of the same Year, Brian Jones was found slumped in a pool and died a short time after. There are few conspiracies surrounding his death, with many loyal fans suggesting he was murdered.? While there is little evidence to suggest this, it is certainly plausible.
Today, I’ll remember him by not just listening to the music of Brian Jones, The stones and Nico, but so to by the influence and inspiration he has cast unto those who continue to make music in his honour.
Especially that of the glorious,”Brian Jonestown Massacre. The Brian Jonestown Massacre is a portmanteau of The Rolling Stones founder and the infamous mass cult suicide in Jonestown, Guyana.
Shine a Light.