David Bowie was a man with tremendous self-belief, who created some of the most recognizable music of all time with his band, The Rolling Stones. He is also a highly respected guitar player whose name remains synonymous with the genre.
Mick Jagger, who is best known as a rhythm guitarist for many of the rock bands that have come and gone, has been described by many musicians and artists as one of the true masters of the guitar. For many people who are not familiar with the legendary career of Jagger, here is a quick history lesson in tribute to the icon.
Jagger was born in Harlem, New York City, to Irish parents who had emigrated to the U.S. He was a very shy child who would spend much of his time alone, often practicing guitar in his bedroom. Eventually, he would form a band called The Rebuilders which would go on to play numerous popular songs, such as “My Sweet Lord,” “Sympathy for the Devil,” and “The Biggest Loser.” This band still continues to tour to this day.
In addition to being a great guitar player, Jagger also had an impressive voice that is well suited for his role as a lead singer. Some of his best known songs include “Sympathy for the Devil,” “The Brown Line,” “Haitian Divorce” and “rave man.”
Many critics and music historians have stated that Jagger was one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Some of his records have gone on to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame including “Whole Lotta Love,” “Christmas” and “Haitian Divorce.” His voice will forever be linked to one of the most recognizable voices of all time.
A Look at David Bowie and Mick Jagger
Who else remembers David Bowie and Mick Jagger? For many people, these legendary rock stars are the one and same. The similarities between the two icons can be seen in their music, hairstyles, and even their stage outfits. What many people may not realize is that their early years spent performing and touring were as diverse as their later years where they slowly built a catalogue of hit songs that would go on to sell millions.
One can compare their careers with that of the Beatles who had their famous song, I am a Believer, just come out in the mid 1960’s and still make today’s charts.
Bowie and Jagger are also two of the biggest selling artists of all time. They reached that peak with the same amount of flair as any other artists in the past but with added substance. Their careers would often span decades. During those times, their peers on the popular music circuit were often young kids who were barely teenagers, but with their creativity, charisma, and unique costumes, they made themselves unforgettable.
The two artists’ resumes are also incredibly diverse. While both are incredibly talented, their styles vary widely. When comparing their early works, it is easy to see that Jagger was able to pave his own path while Bowie often struggled to find his place in his career. Today, they are two of the most well-known icons in popular culture.
David Bowie and Mick Jagger – Re-Inventing Rock and Roll
The very first time I heard of David Bowie and Mick Jagger I was very underwhelmed. Like many people I was a huge fan of both, before they broke through to the mainstream with their famous song ‘rock and roll death’. I didn’t expect the album which they released in 1970 would be as good as it was. In fact, it is still one of my all time favourite albums. As well as being great to listen to, it’s full of great guitar riffs that are incredibly catchy.
I’m not sure whether it’s the guitar work on this album or the lyrics, but on this album it just comes together so seamlessly. Songs like ‘otics’, ‘dive bomb’ and even ‘dive bomb’ are stand out for me. The guitar work on this album is simply amazing. There are countless guitar solos on here, each one unique in its own way.
There are several other tracks on here that will appeal to any listener, but I’ll stick with the guitar riffs for this article. Overall, this album is a real classic and worth listening to by any serious guitar fan. If you don’t like rock music, then this album is probably not for you. It has it’s place in the genre though as many bands from this time period are. The cover art is a brilliant example of modern art taken to the extreme. I highly recommend this album if you like the guitar and rock music.