The Rolling Stones have been sowing the seeds of rock 'n' roll since 1962, and they're still at it today. But just how can a band as wild and unpredictable as this conquer disaster after disaster and still remain at the top of the rock 'n' roll heap?
A successful songwriting partnership is certainly one way to describe the long and rocky relationship between Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Another way to describe them, in the words of the Irish Independent, would be that of a civil war between two massive ego maniacs.
In fact, the Glimmer Twins' volatile chemistry has brought the Rolling Stones to the brink of breaking up several times over their long and storied career. Richards feels that this is largely because while the two stars know each other extremely well, they're also generally a little unsure about each other. Richards pins a large part of the pair's issues to Jagger's "control freak" nature, but he doesn't shrug off the blame entirely. Richards has even admitted that he occasionally even wakes up in the night to make notes when he dreams up a particularly good dig he can later use against Jagger.
Sometimes, the animosity between Jagger and Richards has meant more than just professional and creative disagreements. One such case came in the 1960s, when Richards became convinced that his girlfriend, Anita Pallenberg, was having an affair with Jagger during a movie shoot. The bitterness around this incident eventually drove the guitarist to write the Rolling Stones classic "Gimme Shelter."
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