How the London Anti-War Protests Helped to Inspire a Rolling Stones Song

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With Mick Jagger’s to-the-barricades lyrics and Keith Richards’ throbbing beat, Street Fighting Man is to the sizzling ’60s generation of young radicals what La Marseillaise is to the French Revolution or The Internationale is to socialism.

Initially banned by many American and British radio stations, the Rolling Stones song is rock’s revolutionary anthem. But how did this ode to insurrection come about? And who inspired Jagger to pen this raucous rabblerouser?

Street Fighting Man debuted on the Rolling Stones’ most politically-charged album, Beggars Banquet, in 1968, a year of profound global upheaval.

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