THE LOST STONE BRIAN JONES
Man and Van is a big fan of Brian Jones. Brian Jones is the founding member of The Rolling Stones. There would be no Rolling Stones without him. Lewis Brian Hopkin-Jones was born to a loveless childhood on the 28th of February 1942 at the Park Nursing home Cheltenham, the eldest of three children, one of whom, Pamela, died tragically young at the age of two. His second sister Barbra was just four years his junior.
Brian had a passion for music from a young age and music seemed to run in the family, his mother, Louisa Beatrice Jones was a piano teacher so Brian learnt to play quiet young until he was fourteen. At twelve he started learning to play the clarinet for the school orchestra and after two years was the lead clarinetist. Brian’s rebellious side started earlier in life, but despite that he got nine 0-level passes in the general certificate of education and two A-levels in physics and chemistry.
Brian had a real passion for ethnic American music, Rhythm and Blues such as the great Chuck Berry, Robert Johnson ( in the picture on the right), Elmore James and B.B.King and wanted to start his own R & B band, so Brian packed his bags and moved to London after exploring Europe. He had been going down to the clubs in London and had met people who had the same ambitions and love for music he did.
London was where he met Mick Jagger and Keith Richards but at this point he already had a band and he didn’t invite them to join him at first. Mick and Keith were amazed with his musical skill on especially on the guitar. After a while Brian invited Keith to join his band because one of the guitar players had left threw work but Keith wanted Mick to join as well, Brian agreed. For the next few year the founding member of the band Brian Jones would be the leader of the band getting Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman in the clan too. Brian got them all there gigs in the clubs and it was him who knew all the right people, but at first people didn’t like them because there hair grew over their ears and they looked grubby but the more they played the more people wanted to hear them. The Rolling Stones aim was never to be pop stars they just wanted to bring blues music to England and spread round the country.
Through the years of fame Brian was in and out of psychiatric clinic for depression, paranoia and addition, he lost the one women he loved above all others to Keith Richards which led him to go deeper in to depression and drug abuse and in 1969 Mick and Keith came to Brian’s house Cotchford farm once occupied by A.A.Milne (Author of Winnie the Pooh) and kicked him out of his own band.
Three weeks after being dropped from his own band Brian was found dead at the bottom of his swimming pool on the 2nd of July 1969. His builder Frank Thorogood murdered him after a dispute over money. Brian had his live taken at the early age of 27 along with Kurt Cobain, Janice Joplin and Jimi Hendrix etc.