On May 7th, 1965, a Rolling Stones band member, Keith Richards, woke up in the middle of the night and played a few chords on his guitar in his sleep. Immediately after, Keith fell back asleep. (Hutchinson) Those chords and Mick Jagger’s lyrics would be part of one of their number one hits: “(I Can’t) Get No Satisfaction”. This song will not only make the Rolling Stones famous, but also shape the future of rock and roll and make significant contributions to rock and roll history.
The Rolling Stones founded in 1962, their name being inspired by a Muddy Waters song “Rollin’ Stone”. Their founders, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, were childhood friends and used to dream ...view middle of the document...
’ “After twenty-five years, even with their current status open to conjecture, the Rolling Stones remain the most tangible link to the British Invasion era.” (Puterbaugh).
When the Rolling Stones debuted in the 1960s, many other British rock and roll bands were also sweeping the nation such as the Beetles, the Dave Clark Five, and the Herman’s Hermits (Puterbaugh). This era, with many rock and roll British bands coming to America to perform, became known as the ‘British Invasion’. The Rolling Stones are considered one of the main bands leading the ‘invasion’. The recent invention of the FM radio helped spread the Rolling Spreads hits such as their famous song “(I Can’t) Get No Satisfaction” (Goodman). During the woman’s rights movement, “(I Can’t) Get No Satisfaction” got hugely criticized by activists because of the song’s last stanza about having sex (Goodman). Many adults openly protested their music but however, it captured the hearts of countless teenagers. After the Equal Rights amendment was passed, both parents got to work outside out of the house. “..Teenagers now have unguarded attention and they now have more time to listen to the Rolling Stones and have sex..” (Goodman). However, it set the Rolling Stones’ image and made them incredibly well-known.
The overall lyrics of “(I Can’t) Get No Satisfaction” describes a man living in America. This man explores the world around him, looking for authenticity, but is not able to find it ((I Can't Get No) Satisfaction by the Rolling Stones). The circumstance in this song relates to America’s commercialism, how many cities in America have advertising and how many people use it to their advantage. The song describes radio stations that won’t give any real or useful information and TV channels that show advertisements all of the time. After these stanzas describing how America is not authentic, in the final stanza, it talks about how the man in the song, now a celebrity that is on tour, is not able to consummate love for a female. In the song, the lyrics talk about how Jagger hates America’s many uses of advertisements. However, later, it seems like the lyrics for this song was hypocritical for the band. Years later, they exploited the song for four million dollars in exchange for the song to be played on a Snickers commercial (Hutchinson).
The song “(I Can’t) Get No Satisfaction” is the song that defined the Rolling Stones. Before the song was created, the band was signed on a...