Brian Jones and The Rolling Stones
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Breaking Up Is Hard To Do: The Stories Behind The Splits
14. Brian Jones and The Rolling Stones
The minute Mick Jagger and Keith Richards began composing together, non-songwriting Brian Jones quickly found himself sidelined in The Rolling Stones. His diva behaviour didn't endear him to the rest of the band and when Keef fell for Brian's "old lady" Anita Pallenberg during a trip to Marrakech in 1967, the scene was set for a humongous split. Poor Brian became estranged from the Stones and was officially sacked in June 1969 - with drugs charges hanging over him, a forthcoming US tour looked like a no-no. He was dead a month later, having drowned in circumstances that still haven't been fully explained.