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For 52 years and 1,296 concerts, the song

Brown sugar

has accompanied the Rolling Stones. The group debuted the song at the Altmont Festival, dubbed "the Woodstock of the West Coast", on December 6, 1969 and had it roll live on their 1969 US tour, a year before recording it on their LP

Sticky Fingers

, and since then it has been a fixture at their concerts. "

We have played it each and every night that we have given concerts since 1970,

" the group's singer, Mick Jagger, told the

Los Angeles Times


Up to now. On their current US tour, the Rolling have decided that

Brown Sugar will

not sound. The reason is obvious: fear of criticism.

Brown Sugar

is a song that deals with -or rather celebrates- the following themes:

slavery, rape, sadomasochism, racism, loss of virginity

, and, if one has a little bad intention -what, Given the issues that the subject deals with, it seems almost mandatory - sex with minors.

The point is that the Rolling Stones, despite all the virtues that may be attributed to them, were never great lyricists, and the public has not noticed most of those meanings. For most people

Brown sugar

is, without more, a

rock and roll


, although it starts with two verses so little misleading as "A slave ship from the Gold Coast heading to the cotton fields / sold at the market in New Orleans ", and follow, shortly after, as" they hear him whipping the slaves after midnight. " Because, indeed, the theme tells how a white man buys a slave to rape her. That's where the refrain "Brown sugar,

how come you taste so good?


Comes from


Now, on the

No filter


- which paradoxically means "no filter" - the three survivors of the band have decided that those lyrics are problematic.

As is usual in the group, there have been two explanations:

the business one

(from Mick Jagger) and

the visceral one

(from guitarist Keith Richards).

The best one is Richards: "Didn't they realize that that song is about the horrors of slavery? They're trying to bury it. For now, I don't want to get in trouble with all that shit, but

I hope we can resurrect that beauty

in all its glory on this tour. "

Jagger's version has all the excitement of a press release: "We've played

Brown Sugar

at all of our concerts since 1970, and sometimes we say 'let's take this [song] off and see what happens." The track list for a tour in stadiums it's complicated. " Jagger is the author of the topic. He wrote it in Australia, at

a time when, in his own words, his life was centered on "drugs and girls"

. In December 1995, in an interview with

Rolling Stone


(which, despite having almost the same name, have no relation to the group), he was more explicit, stating, literally, that the reference to 'brown sugar' It is "to the heroine and to fuck". Of course, with a certain racist touch:the original title was

Black pussy


In other words: "Black pussy".

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