Blues Roots of the Rolling Stones

with Lloyd Thayer

Thursday, July 15, 2021


Blues Roots of the Rolling Stones

  • Acoustic
  • Blues
  • Rock
  • Roots
  • School of Music class


In June of 1964 5 fresh faced lads from England landed in N.Y. for their first U.S. tour……the press release stated “the Beatles want to hold your hand, but the Rolling Stones want to burn your town….” In this class we will look at the first 12 Stones albums (up to Goats Head Soup) and study some of the songs that have their roots in American Blues. We will look at some of the songs the Stones chose to cover, and compare them to the original versions, and also look at other songs they ‘borrowed’ from. We will focus mainly on guitar and harmonica, but we’ll also talk about the role of all six band members – never underestimate the power of Ian Stewart- and how to apply these

ideas when you are playing with other musicians.

We will explore some open tunings and discuss how they learned to create a sound that was uniquely their own.

Lastly, if time permits, we’ll discuss the theory that the Blues had to travel to England to be repackaged and resold to an American audience.

Pre-requisites: None! All are welcome!

This class will be held from 6:30-7:45pm on Thursdays, July 15, 22, 29, Aug. 5th

Please note: Limited to 12 students (16 yrs of age or older); Pre-sales are highly encouraged! Sales end 15 minutes before the class begins. 3 students are required for this class to meet. If a class is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be notified and receive a full refund.

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