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Rolling Stones' 50th anniversary: Queen's University expert

2012-08-16

Queen’s University adjunct music professor Robb MacKay is available to talk about the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones' first concert.

The legendary British performers played their first gig at Oxford Street's Marquee Club in 1962 in London. Mr. MacKay, who teaches a course on popular music at Queen’s, says it’s remarkable that the Stones can still fill up a stadium 50 years after their first concert – a rare feat for any musician or group.

“Canadian rocker Dave Bidini wrote that the best advice he got to help his new band to succeed was ‘don't break up.’ Apparently, the Rolling Stones received similar wisdom. The Stones continue to shatter expectations 50 years in, especially that rock and roll is kids' music,” says Mr. MacKay, who teaches a course on popular music at Queen’s.

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