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Keith Richards reflects on the Rolling Stones' BBC recordings, complete with threats of decapitation

Keith Richards reflects on the Rolling Stones' BBC recordings, complete with threats of decapitation

For all the outward swagger the Rolling Stones projected, there were certain situations that could intimidate even England’s bad boys of rock ’n’ roll.

Near the top of the list: performing before a TV or radio audience of millions of listeners, such as when the BBC extended an invite to appear on one of its many music programs of the mid-1960s.

“At the time we were doing this, we were, like, ‘Oh, my God — the BBC!’ ” Stones songwriter and guitarist Keith Richards, 73, said recently from his home in Connecticut, where he’d just returned after having wrapped a tour of Europe with bandmates Mick Jagger, drummer Charlie Watts, lead guitarist Ron Wood and bassist Darryl...

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