The Rolling Stones original bassist Bill Wyman has claimed in a new interview to promote his documentary ‘The Quiet One’ that Brian Jones was the real leader of the Stones, not Mick Jagger. Ozzy Osbourne’s wife savagely disrespected Keith Richards in a recent interview.
He told Yahoo, “Everybody thinks that it was Mick and Keith’s band, but it was Brian’s band. Whenever I’ve written books… I’ve always spent quite a bit of time explaining that Brian was the person that created the Rolling Stones in the beginning. He chose the music. He chose the name. He was the leader. He signed all the recording contracts, the management contracts, all kinds of things.”
The Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman discussed attending late bandmate Brian Jones’ funeral, and he claimed that Charlie Watts was his only other bandmate to attend, as Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were absent. He said he was angered by how the media swarmed around Jones’ coffin. Wyman recently described a drug ‘freak out’ at a bar.
“The press was so bad at the funeral. I mean, everybody’s around the grave, you know, and they’re putting the coffin in and all that and the preacher’s reading out and all his family and relatives are all like tranquilized and everything. Everybody’s crying, upset. There’s thousands of fans everywhere. There’s kids running up to you asking for autographs, and there’s press guys with cameras everywhere, like all leaning over you and getting snaps in the grave. … There was no respect at all.”
AmNY wrote, “The Rolling Stones’ rhythm section was revolutionary, no doubt about it, but it was mainly because of Charlie Watts’ snap-roll drumming and the thick fuzz from how Wyman’s simple basslines were recorded. When Wyman left the group in 1989, few concertgoers issued complaints.
There are glimpses of young Mick Jagger strutting his stuff that hasn’t been seen before, but do we really live in a world desperate for more imagery of young Mick Jagger? Not to the point where we need a phony, glad-handing “oh, wasn’t he so brilliant” wet kiss of a documentary like this one. Nevertheless, Stones completists may get a kick out of this movie, as it offers a peek into the enormous archive of photographs and silent film reels Wyman collected over the years. (From a young age he was a bit of a hoarder.)”