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What Were They Thinking?: The Background Behind Their Satanic Majesties Request as a Product of the 1960s When the long awaited album, Their Satanic Majesties Request went on sale on December 12, 1967, it was soon to be realized that this was the release of a distinct aberration in the Rolling Stones archive. This album was critically acclaimed to be one of the greatest disappointments of any Stones album, and even Keith Richards himself thought that, “ Satanic Majesties was a load of crap” 1 . However, there was some positive feedback from the participants in the current youth culture at the time, and the combination of these mixed reviews calls for some explanation as to why the album diverged from the band’s original sound, with its inFuences from early soul and R&B groups. Their Satanic Majesties Request was an entirely unique work produced by the Rolling Stones, and will be recognized in this essay as a musical and cultural emblem of the radical change that materialized in the 1960s. Their Satanic Majesties Request was an album fueled by both the ingestion of LSD by the Rolling Stones themselves, and the expectant positive effects of the psychedelically infused record on their equally stoned listeners. It was d-lysergic acid diethylamide, better known as acid or LSD, that gave rise to most forms of psychedelic or acid rock in the 1960s 2 . The Rolling Stones, along with other artists during this time, attempted to create music based on and catered to the sensual depth and aural results of LSD 3 . The result was a panoply of musical concepts and innovative textures in sound, which ultimately uninhibited artists when looking at song length, as Quila Toews 997556201 1 1 Alan Clayson, The Rolling Stones: Beggars Banquet (London: ±lame Tree Publishing, 2008), 67. 2 Colin Larkin, Psychedelic. Encyclopedia of Popular Music , 4th eds., Oxford Music Online , http:// www.oxfordmusiconline.com.myaccess.library.utoronto.ca/subscriber/article/epm/64769 (accessed November 12, 2010). 3 Terence O’Grady, “A Rock Retrospective.” Music Educators Journal 66 (1979): 43. http://www.jstor.org/stable/ 3395757 (accessed November 3, 2010).
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the limitation of a standard three-minute pop song was no longer relevant in the realm of an acid trip 4 . The Rolling Stones in particular took advantage of this in regard to Sing This All Together (See What Happens) , which was described as the song that marks where “ Their Satanic Majesties Request veers off into aimless noodling,” with the Fnished product of an eight minute free-for all resembling a bad trip 5 . Appleford states that it was because the Stones consumed such copious amounts of LSD that they lost the ability to Flter out the parts of the album that were of bad quality 6 . Essentially, the failure of the album embodies exactly the drug craze of the 1960s, as one of the fundamental characteristics of the decade 7 . There was also an indirect in±uence of drugs on the album, which stemmed from the arrests and convictions of both the
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This note was uploaded on 11/18/2011 for the course MUS 230H1 taught by Professor Professorparker during the Fall '10 term at University of Toronto- Toronto.

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