The Rolling Stones: Dirty Work
Charles Shaar Murray, NME, 29 March 1986
IN THE 1970s, The Rolling Stones were a distinctly unlovely proposition: fronted by a jet-setter and a junkie and churning out a series of tedious and complacent albums in the wake of their epochal Exile On Main Street, they were a perfect example of everything about institutionalised rock and roll which punk was designed to annihilate. Since that '72 apogee, they've managed two fair-to-excellent albums (78's Some Girls and the 1981 Tattoo You) and become the only white rock band to stay in the ring for...jesus, 23 years.
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