1964: The Rolling Stones appear on the BBC’s Juke Box Jury show as panelists. Their impolite behavior, including referring to Elvis’ latest single as “dated”, causes a furor in the British press.
The Rolling Stones portrayed themselves as the bad guys in the Brit Invasion, where the Beatles were the good guys. This marketing ploy turned out to be quite affective in gaining them popularity for all the wrong reasons. Any music your parents hate and tell you not to listen to is always the best music for any generation.
Hard to say where the line was between The Stones acting it out, or being the real bad boys. As time went on, that line became clearer. Bad Boys all the way.
This was just the beginning of rock stars behaving badly of course. The Doors, Led Zeppelin, The Who and of course most of the punk rockers from the late 70’s had their share of controversy.
Nowadays, controversy and trouble making are the act, more than the actual act. Case in point : Madonna and Lady GaGa.
However, it’s fairly easy for most of us to see through all that and decide if there is any real talent behind it.
As far as The Rolling Stones go, that answer is evident 50 years later.