Brian Jones has the unfortunate honor of being overshadowed by his fellow rock-n-rollers, both in life and death. After founding the Rolling Stones, Jones gradually lost influence to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, finally leaving the band shortly before his death on July 3, 1969. Even his death would soon be overshadowed by the rapid-fire loss of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison–the latter even sharing a death date with Jones.
Yet, without Brian’s legacy, the history of rock and the mythology surrounding it would be vastly different. Brian’s death and the ensuing conspiracy theories (rumors began almost immediately that he had been murdered) laid the groundwork for what would become the 27 Club–a morbid distinction, but a lasting one, nonetheless. And, of course, his early contributions to the Rolling Stones shaped a band that is still rocking hard in stadiums to this day. Just sample the clip below and try to imagine “Paint It, Black” without Brian’s sitar lending the song it’s signature, unnerving sound. Take a bow, Mr. Jones! You may be gone, but here at Red Stylo, you are never forgotten!
Brian and his fellow 27 Club Members inspired the contributors to our upcoming collection 27, A Comic Anthology. With the strongest line-up of creators ever, and a theme for the ages, we are hoping to produce a “Rock Hard” hardcover edition of the anthology. Please visit our Kickstarter and lend your support!