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66 from '66 – The Rolling Stones

Aftermath (Decca, April 15 1966), Paint It Black (Decca single, May 6 1966)

In January 1966, Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham announced the title of their next album: Could You Walk On Water? Decca Records, the Stones’ paymasters, were disgusted.

They could tolerate the Stones’ long hair and antisocial behaviour – just. But poking fun at Christianity and Jesus’s miracles/party tricks was a bridge too far.

The Stones had to back down. When the album appeared in April, it had the less inflammatory title, Aftermath.


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