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The Beatles v The Stones - Rachel Johnson

Arts | By Rachel Johnson

The Rolling Stones at Wembley, 1982

Rachel Johnson is hard put to decide between the two epic bands from the sixties

Since the sixties, anyone with a pulse has been either a Stones or a Beatles person. This division – far more than Blur v Oasis – was and is the great cleavage of rock ’n’ roll. You could not be both. This has led to an argument that has dragged on for six decades as to which band is ‘better’. It hotted up nicely the other day (I find our rock legends often throw out these grenades when they either have a world tour to publicise or are about to turn 80, or both). ...

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