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Rolling Stones gold bolder with ‘Street Fighting Man’ live

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.


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