The Rolling Stones – Sympathy For The Devil
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Great Rock Songs That Reference Classic Books
17. The Rolling Stones – Sympathy For The Devil
Mick Jagger has gone on record as saying that the song was inspired by Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita, which centres around Satan paying a visit to the Soviet Union: "I stuck around St. Petersburg/When I saw it was a time for a change/ Killed the czar and his ministers/ Anastasia screamed in vain”.