30 August 2009

THE Rolling Stone

1. Brian Jones asked Mick Jagger if he would like to join HIS band.
2. Brian was a masterful and innovative musician.
3. The dreadful behaviour of his reputation was clearly an undiagnosed brain disease*.
4. Resentful of Brian's hedonistic lifestyle they witnessed while renovating his house, some lowclass builders murdered him.
There's a book which inspired a film, and today some new evidence.

'Officially, Jones drowned, aged 27, in his pool at Cotchford Farm, Hartfield, East Sussex, on July 2, 1969, allegedly "under the influence of drink and drugs".
An inquest recorded a verdict of death by misadventure, even though the post-mortem report said there were no illegal drugs in the star’s body, just the equivalent of three-and-a-half pints of beer.'
* The Terry Rawling's book linked above, describes the erratic behaviour that caused the other Stones to cease coping with Brian. It sounded to me like a rerun of the Dudley Moore situation:
"On 30 September 1999, Moore announced that he was suffering from the terminal degenerative brain disorder progressive supranuclear palsy, some of whose early symptoms were so similar to liquor intoxication"
(from the wiki on D.M.)
The Rollling Stones have not been musically interesting without Brian.
His fans will be pleased if this new investigation removes the impression that he fell in his pool while out of his head.