Brian Jones was known for being a rock and roll bad boy, but did you know The Rolling Stones founder once dared to wear a Nazi uniform in Munich for a German magazine photoshoot? The infamous shots including him with a booted foot on the doll of a child. Unsurprising the incident made front-page headlines back in the UK. Jones’ photoshoot is mentioned in a new documentary on his life called Rolling Stone: Life and Death of Brian Jones.
Speaking exclusively with Express.co.uk, the documentary film’s producer Nick Reynolds said: “He was more Sex Pistols than the Sex Pistols.”
He was, of course, referring to Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious who infamously wore t-shirts with swastikas on as park of punk subculture; designed to shock and offend.
Reynolds mentions in the documentary that director of A Degree of Murder (a West German film Jones composed the soundtrack for) Volker Schlöndorff says: “To have done that in London, you might have got away with it. It still would have been distasteful.
“But to have gone round doing that in Munich in the sixties was absolutely insane.”
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In the book Rolling Stones in Their Own Words, Jones is quoted in 1966 responding to his Nazi uniform controversy.
The musician said: “The recent pictures of me taken in Nazi uniform were a put-down.
“Really, I mean with all that long hair in a Nazi uniform, couldn’t people see that it was a satirical thing?
“How can anyone be offended when I’m on their side? I’m not a Nazi sympathiser.”
Jones added: “I noticed that the week after the pictures of me taken in that uniform appeared there were photographs of Peter O’Toole in the same newspaper wearing a German uniform for a film he’s making.
“But no one put him down for wearing that.”
Reynolds went on to claim that The Rolling Stones’ bad boy image was simply down to Jones alone, not the other members of the band like Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
The producer continued: “That’s the thing that people probably didn’t know about Brian Jones.”
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He said: “Whereas The Beatles were made out like they were middle-class boys when they were actually working class, everyone thought The Rolling Stones were seriously rebellious. They were all middle class.
“You look at all the early interviews, Keith and Mick look really dorky.
“The only rebellious nature, the real kind of essence of the Stones being the bad boys of rock and roll was purely, purely Brian Jones.
“Keith’s drug antics with the heroin and all of that came way after Brian.”
Reynolds added: “They weren’t really that experimental.
“He was the original bad boy of rock and roll.
“He was the Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious all rolled into one of his day.”
Rolling Stone: Life and Death of Brian Jones’ release is TBC.
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