Brian Jones Fined In Dope Case

Judge rules against jail time, allowing the Stone to work on upcoming film

October 26, 1968
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Brian Jones leaving his Solicitor's office circa 1968.
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LONDON—A jury found Rolling Stone Brian Jones guilty of possession of marijuana on September 26th. He was fined but not given a jail sentence as had been feared, making it possible for him to work with his fellow musicians in their newest movie.

The conviction, Jones' second, brought a fine of $120 and penalty of $253 in court costs. Reminding the 26-year-old musician that he is on probation for his conviction last October, court chairman R. E. Seaton told Jones "you must really watch your step."

Seaton declined to give Brian a jail sentence for his violation of probation. Mick Jagger was quoted as saying, "We are very pleased that Brian did not have to go to jail. Money does not matter."

Now it seems the Rolling Stones are almost certain to star in a major film – described as "weird, mad, bizarre" – to be made by a Hollywood production company in Africa in late December. The movie will be filmed in color, with Mick Jagger as the central figure.

Keith Richards will have a supporting role, as will Brian Jones.

Jagger and Richards will write the entire musical score, although it is unlikely the group will appear performing any of the numbers. They play opposing characters in the story.

The movie is described by Jagger as "a family film," and is also likely to include Anita Pallenberg – at present shooting with Jagger in Performance and possibily Marianne Faithfull. The script, by an American writer, is being kept secret.

The Jean-Luc Godard movie One Plus One, in which the Stones are shown at length in recording studios, is completed. It was flown to the U.S. to be shown at the New York Film Festival, September 17-28. The film has been chosen as London Festival Choice for the London Film Festival in November.

Meanwhile, no definite word has arrived concerning the dispute about the bathroom-wall cover of the Stones' next album. Once the matter is decided, it will take only two weeks to get the record, finished two months ago, into the stores.

Two weeks ago, the Stones took a full page advertisement in the British pop paper, Melody Maker, thanking the readers for their votes in the annual pop poll. In the advertisement, the cover of the disputed album (printed in the last issue of Rolling Stone) was reproduced with the following text accompanying it: "This is the front of our new album which we finished two months ago. Due to religious disagreements, no release date has been set." The copy continued with one more sentence, suggesting that readers who wanted the album out write to the record company. In the United States, inquiries and complaints may be addressed to: Mr. Toller-Bond, President, London Records, 539 W. 25th St., New York.

This story is from the October 26, 1968 issue of Rolling Stone.

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