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This Day In Music, June 8th – Brian Jones Fired


Brian Jones is no longer a part of The Rolling Stones

On June 8, 1969, a significant moment in rock history took place. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Charlie Watts visited Brian Jones at his home in Cotchford Farm to discuss his future with The Rolling Stones. This visit marked a pivotal point for the band and for Jones, who had been struggling with personal issues and substance abuse.

Brian Jones, a founding member of The Rolling Stones, had played a crucial role in the band’s formation and early success. However, by 1969, his contributions had dwindled due to his increasing unreliability and drug problems. His relationship with the other band members had also deteriorated significantly.

During the meeting at Cotchford Farm, Jagger, Richards, and Watts informed Jones that he was no longer a part of the band. The decision was based on the need for a stable lineup that could support their upcoming tour and recording sessions, which Jones was unable to commit to due to his legal troubles and declining health. The band later issued a press statement announcing that Jones was leaving The Rolling Stones to pursue his own musical interests​ (ROLLING STONES)​​ (Ultimate Classic Rock)​.

Tragically, less than a month after his dismissal, Brian Jones was found dead in his swimming pool under mysterious circumstances on July 3, 1969. His departure and untimely death marked the end of an era for The Rolling Stones, who continued to evolve and achieve immense success in the years that followed​ (NSF News and Magazine)​.

Reflecting on this day reminds us of the complexities and personal struggles behind the music we love, and the impact these moments have on the legacy of rock and roll.

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