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Rolling Stones pull 'Brown Sugar,' song with lyrics about slavery, from live performances

The Rolling Stones drop 'Brown Sugar' from their concert setlist over lyrics about slavery.

10/14/2021 3:02:00 AM

The Rolling Stones drop 'Brown Sugar' from their concert setlist over lyrics about slavery.

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards say the tune is off their set lists for now but could someday come back.

00:46The song's out of rotation for now, but Richards and Mick Jagger said it has not been permanently canned."I don't know. I'm trying to figure out with the sisters quite where the beef is," Richards told the paper."Didn't they understand this was a song about the horrors of slavery? But they're trying to bury it."

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The song'sfirst lyrics paint a stark picture of the slave trade:"Gold Coast slave ship bound for cotton fields. Sold in the market down in New Orleans. Skydog slaver knows he's doin' all right. Hear him whip the women just around midnight."

The fan favorite hit No. 1 on theBillboard charts on May 29, 1971.“We’ve played ‘Brown Sugar’ every night since 1970, so sometimes you think, ‘We’ll take that one out for now and see how it goes,’” Jagger, the Stones frontman and writer of the song, told the Times."We might put it back in.” headtopics.com

Daphne Brooks, director of graduate studies at Yale University’s Department of African American Studies, counts herself as a longtime Rolling Stones fan but said the fetishizing of Black women in “Brown Sugar” — and of Puerto Rican women in “Miss You,” another Stones song — has always troubled her.

She welcomed the decision to pull “Brown Sugar” from live performances.“It’s the most popular song about the systemic rape of Black women in slavery and celebratory anthem of this unspeakable crime,” said Brooks, author of “Liner Notes for the Revolution: The Intellectual Life of Black Feminist Sound,” about the image of Black women in music.

“So this is a good moment.”The inspiration for"Brown Sugar" has been alternately assigned to one of two singers who have been affiliated with Jagger, Claudia Lennear and Marsha Hunt."When he wrote it, it didn't suggest to me he was the one, he was the slave owner. It wasn't his point of view," Lennear told NBC News on Wednesday."I don't think he was celebrating slavery at all. If anything he was celebrating having a sexual encounter with somebody, you know, like, 'Woo, woo,' he scored."

And just as a music fan, Lennear, a member of the The Ikettes who backed up Ike and Tina Turner, said she's sorry to hear the song has been dropped even temporarily."I mean, that hook, 'Brown sugar, how come you taste so good now?' That's fun to hear. That's fun to dance to," Lennear said. headtopics.com

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is that JB on guitar yo! Lol...lol....lol 'Sir, I's be understandin' that it's just a song. I'm as sweet as cane, don't mind bein' the sugar in your Koolaid.' LOL. 'I's is smart...I's is pretty...I's is intelligent.' Good song!! dcollinsWBAL You’ve got to be kidding me?! This world has gone completely stupid.

Why wouldn’t they? Not a controversial move here. Oh FFS. THIS shit is what alienates me from the left. I’m so hard left…but truly tired of this kind of stuff. Probably offended Kamala’s slave owning family history. Deal with it rightwingers. It's their song. I'm sure they're happy Not to play this song for the 10,877th time.

I can't handle this BS. It's beyond ridiculous

Rolling Stones Drop 'Brown Sugar' From Concerts Because Of Slave Lyrics'You picked up on that, huh?' band member Keith Richards told the Los Angeles Times. i wonder if anyone outside the band really knew the words besides the chorus. From a sixties band, everything is a repeat. They dropped that song ages ago, brought it back, dropped it again. What about 'Stray Cat Blues,' do the Stones still play it? The whole song's about enjoying sex with underage girls. Live, Mick used to change the original recording's phrase '...you're 15 years old' to 'you're 13 years old.' In 2021, isn't it about as cancelable as 'Brown Sugar'?

Soon …. The word brown will be stricken from the English language. Fking snowflakes. Pathetic cmon man🙄brown sugar is a classic plus we freeking love it🤘 Always thought it was about heroin So you're not going to sing it for now but you might later okay🤔 I thought it was a song about heroin.

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Rolling Stones drop hit 'Brown Sugar' from US tourThe Rolling Stones have cut their popular track 'Brown Sugar' from their US tour, at least for now, in the wake of criticism over its lyrics referring to slavery. Only took em about 40 years to whine about the song... FakeSJW LetsGoBrandon Cancel them immediately, then go through all their emails and private communications to make sure they've never uttered a discouraging word towards anyone. LOL.