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The Rolling Stones at Locarno Ballroom, Stevenage, 1 April 1964

Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, July 2013

MY FIRST GIG. How lucky can you get? All through 1963 the Beatles had opened it up for post-war, ration-book teens. Then the Stones' third single, 'Not Fade Away', shook us down. Their first Top 10, on the brink, earthquaking seven-stone white kid Buddy Holly's song with big, black Bo Diddley R&B grunt and grind. Oh boy…

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