Taking on a bit more urgency than the studio version on their classic album Beggar’s Banquet, here “Street Fighting Man” has a bit more of a chug and a bunch oomph from the guitars. And it has Mick Jagger throwing rose petals at the end, which is something that can’t quite get captured in a studio mix.
“Street Fighting Man” — both here and on record — is a great lesson in observation and ambivalence from the band, as they refuse to comment exactly where they stand with the increasing amount of violence going on in the world at the time.
This 1969 live version was recorded just before the Stones’ legendary/infamous performance at Altamont, where perhaps the lyrics of “Street Fighting Man” rang a little more true that the band would have liked.
Author: Ryan King
Ryan King began covering music in 2004 for the Arrow, the student newspaper at Southeast Missouri State University, eventually becoming Managing Editor at that publication. He is also the former Music Editor for OFF! Magazine, an alternative publication published by the Southeast Missourian. Ryan began writing for The Music Universe when launched, but has stepped away to focus on law. He may appear from time to time for reviews.