The Rolling Stones decided to stop playing one of the classics of their repertoire. “Brown Sugar” will no longer sound at the concerts of the mythical band, for the sake of political correctness and the culture of cancellation. This was confirmed in an interview, when asked about the non-inclusion of the song in their North American tour.
“Didn’t you realize that this song is about the horrors of slavery? They are trying to bury her. For now, I don’t want to get into trouble with all that shit, but I hope we can resurrect that beauty in all its glory on this tour, “Keith Richards told Los Angeles Times without hiding his resentment. More diplomatic, Mick Jagger said that the subject has been played for half a century and that “sometimes we say: ‘Let’s take this song and see what happens.’ The list of songs for a stadium tour is complicated.”
However, it wasIt was Richards’s words that in fact confirmed that the Stones do not want trouble in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement., within the framework of their gitra No Filter, which was relaunched a few weeks ago, after the loss of Charlie Watts, the group’s drummer since its formation almost six decades ago.
“Brown Sugar” is one of the great Stones classics. It premiered in Altamont, at the disastrous 1969 concert that purported to be the “West Coast Woodstock”. There, the Stones played and had to leave the place by helicopter while the Hell’s Angeles, the motorcycle riders hired to take care of security, stabbed a black man to death. Two years later the song started one of the best studio records of the band and rock history: Sticky Fingers.
Despite the song’s success, controversy has surrounded it. Machismo, slavery, rape, appear in a letter that alludes to the sexual slavery of black women in the cotton plantations. “Skydog’s slaver knows he’s doing fine /. Hear him spank women around midnight /. Brown sugar, how come you taste so good?” He says in a passage.
“God only knows what I’m talking about in that song! It’s a jumble of all the unpleasant things at once … I didn’t think about it at the time. Now I would never write that song again … because I would probably censor myself“Jagger admitted in 1995 about the lyrics.
The truth is that “Brown Sugar” sounded in more than a thousand concerts throughout half a century. And its absence from the repertoire leaves the drumming for the song in Watts’ hands, as his replacement, Steve Jordan, will not be playing it with the surviving Stones.