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"Child in a Chinese outfit": surprising facts about Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones

"I always felt sorry for him. We deprived him of the one important thing - being a member of The Rolling Stones.

Facts about the most stylish and provocative icon of the '60s, Brian Jones

Brian Jones went down in history as the founder and most prominent member of the The Rolling StonesHe was fired by the band shortly before his tragic death. The reason was his unrestrained passion for alcohol and substances, his "disgusting character," his loss of multi-instrumentalist skills, and... his desire to become a leader? At least that's what Keith Richards claims:

"On stage, he had the audacity to draw all the attention to himself. He didn't agree with his role in the band - he wanted to be the leader. I think he craved absolute power in the Rolling Stones..."

Brian was a rebel and the main The fashionista of the '60s! He was one of the first to discover the infamous "Club 27"He was a lifelong asthmatic and also chatted on the phone with Bob Dylan for hours on end. Here are some interesting facts about Jones that you might not know!

A father with many children

Brian Jones
Brian Jones

Brian only lived 27 yearsBut even that was enough to make him a father of many children! He became a father for the first time when he was barely 18! The mother of the child was his girlfriend Valerie, who later married one of the musician's friends. Despite her young age Valerie found the strength to break off the relationship with the father of her child. Why - until the end is unclear. Perhaps because of Jones' complicated disposition, which all the people close to him said. It is known that the boy was named By Simon and given into the custody of a childless family. Simon had never seen his own father.

Brian Jones
Brian Jones

After this incident, Brian was dishonorably kicked out of the school, but he was not discouraged: instead he went to go on a trip Scandinavian countries! The musician described this period of his life as "the most carefree and enjoyable.

Brian Jones
Brian Jones

When Brian became a father for the second time in 1961, he took the initiative and acted as real man: He sold his record collection and used the proceeds to buy flowers for his girlfriend and, now, young mother Pat and clothes for his son.

A third son was born in 1964 - again by another woman, and again out of wedlock. His boys Jones named Julians! In his own words, in honor of the jazz saxophonist Julian Edderly.

Another child is listed as John Paul Andrew Jones born in 1965.

"A Child Dancing in Chinese Attire"

Brian Jones
Brian Jones

In the repertoire Bob Dylan. there is a very interesting song "I Want You" with the following lines in the last verse:

"Your dancing child in a Chinese outfit
Talked to me, and I took his flute.
I wasn't very nice to him, was I?
But that's only because he cheated
And divorced you,
And because time was on his side..."

It is generally accepted that this is a reference to Jones. "The Child in Chinese Attire" - Brian was famous for his eccentric style, especially his Chinese silk outfits. He was also great at playing on the flute, but "Time Is on My Side" (which translates to "Time On My Side") is the first Rolling Stones song to be in the top ten in the United States.

The song is believed to be dedicated to Edie Sedgwick - The muse of Andy Warhol, with whom Dylan had a tumultuous relationship. References to Jones hint that Sedgwick may also have been in a relationship with him.

"Talked on the phone for hours!"

Brian Jones and Bob Dylan
Brian Jones and Bob Dylan

It is alleged that Dylan and Jones were close friendsand even talked on the phone for hours!

"They hung out together, and they had a mutual respect and understanding, as Brian was sure he had finally found someone who could understand him," some biographers say.

Rumor has it that Jones' lavish concrete coffin, richly decorated with silver and bronze, was ordered by Dylan in person.

Style icon of the '60s

Brian Jones
Brian Jones

Brian Jones was unquestionably the brightest and most stylish icon on the British music scene of the '60s.

Brian Jones
Brian Jones

His peculiar his fashion sense developed throughout his time in the Rolling Stones: he always looked brighter, more extravagant and crazier than the rest of the band!

Brian Jones
Brian Jones

From minimalism and simplicity of lines to haute couture - at sundown Brian often wore velvet, regal coats, furs, kimonos, blouses, and fancy ties with butterflies and giant brooches.

In addition to his indisputable contributions to the legacy of Rolling Stones, Jones rewrote the rules of fashion in the sixties, and he will forever be remembered as a style icon in his own right. He undoubtedly had a great fashion influence on many of his followers.

Guilt

The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones

Jones was literally fired from the Rolling Stones per month Before his tragic death. He received $200,000 and an annual salary of $40,000 as long as the band stayed together. Richards recalled:

"When they told him he was fired, he didn't change a bit - like he was ready for it. Although I don't think he fully understood what was going on. He was already in the stratosphere..."

When Jones was gone, all subsequent years of one member of the Stones still had a guilty conscience. And that participant was Charlie Watts.

"I always felt sorry for him. We deprived him of the one important thing - being a member of The Rolling Stones.

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