Co-founder, spiritual leader and aesthetic conscience of the Rolling Stones, Brian Jones was the band's resident
R&B purist, and, though it's hard to imagine now, rival to Mick Jagger for the role of band face. When the
Stones first arrived, it was as a blues band. ... moreThe group's origins lay in Jones',
Jagger's, and Keith Richards' passion for obscure American race
records. But as the novelty of five skinny white Brits singing and playing like
black men wore off and Mick and Keith started writing originals, Jones resisted
the urge to go pop. He also developed a heroic appetite for narcotics and
hallucinogens, leading him to be fired from the group he helped create.
Depending on which story you believe, Jones either drowned or was forcibly
drowned in his own pool July 3, 1969.