Live Video: Compare The Stones Playing “Jumping Jack Flash,” Then & Now

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The Rolling Stones have just released a live video of “Jumping Jack Flash” from their performance at Hyde Park this past summer. I watched it and for starters, as a singer, Jagger really sucks these days. It made me yearn for when his vocals totally knocked me out.

So I searched YouTube and found this video, which I believe is from 1969 when the group toured the U.S. They could really play back then. The sound isn’t the best, but there’s an energy and a wildness in this performance that’s quite amazing.

I thought you too might want to compare then and now. I suggest you start with the video that conveys some of their greatness, then see them in their decline.

The good old days:

It’s a “sad day,” as Mick once sang:

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Michael Goldberg is a distinguished pioneer in the online music space; Newsweek magazine called him an ‘Internet visionary.’ In 1994 he founded Addicted To Noise (ATN), the highly influential music web site. He was a senior vice-president and editor in chief at SonicNet from March 1997 through May 2000. In 1997, Addicted To Noise won Webby awards for best music site in 1998 and 1999, and also won Yahoo Internet Life! awards for three years running as best music site in 1998, 1999 and 2000. Prior to starting Addicted To Noise, Goldberg was an editor and senior writer at Rolling Stone magazine for 10 years. His writing has also appeared in Wired, Esquire, Vibe, Details, Downbeat, NME and numerous other publications. Michael has had three novels published that comprise the "Freak Scene Dream trilogy": "True Love Scars," "The Flowers Lied" and "Untitled" which can be ordered here. His new book, "Wicked Game: The True Story of Guitarist James Calvin Wilsey," can be pre-ordered from HoZac Books. In November Backbeat Books will publish "Addicted To Noise: The Music Writings of Michael Goldberg," which can be be pre-ordered here.

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