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The Rolling Stones began calling themselves the "World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band" in the Sixties, and few argued with them — even then. More than 40 years later, the band's music continues to sound vital. With literally scores of genre-setting hits under the group's belt — and fronted by two of rock's biggest archetypes — the Rolling Stones have done more to define the look, attitude and sound of rock & roll than any other band in the genre's history.
September 27, 1977: The Rolling Stones hold a promotional party for Love You Live, in New York City.
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I never liked speed, and that’s probably why I go more for depressants, because my natural energy is very high. In the old days I really didn’t want to deal with being a star every day and you could kind of hide inside heroin, it was like a cocoon; a soft wall between you and everything else. Probably not the best solution to the problem, but at the time I didn’t think about that. It’s an experiment that went on too long - getting heavily busted, blowing it for the Stones and for my family. I had to stop so I did.

People talk about cocaine addiction all the time, but I know what addiction is: opium, heroin, you know? That’s when you’re climbing the walls and you see your own fingernail marks ‘cause you think there’s something behind the wall.

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Keith Richards on kicking his heroin habit