.

Stones Studio Catches Fire

Fire brigade soaks band equipment extinguishing blaze

The Rolling Stones recording their album Beggar's Banquet in the studio while Jean-Luc Godard accompanied by his technical team, films One Plus One his first English film on May 1st, 1968 in London, England.
Keystone-France/Getty
July 20, 1968

A Rolling Stones recording and filming session in London was interrupted by fire Tuesday, June 11. The incident occurred at 4:15 a.m., when the roof of Olympic Sound Studios was seen furiously ablaze. A three-engine fire brigade put the conflagration out.

The Stones were recording a track for their next album, Beggars Banquet, and the session was being filmed by French director Jean-Luc Godard with whom they are working on film called One Plus One. The blaze was the fault of a malfunctioning arc-lamp.

Photos: Rare and Intimate Pictures of the Rolling Stones

Commented Mick Jagger: "The fire brigade was so thorough in extinguishing the blaze, our Hammond organ and all the electrical equipment was completely drenched. The sequence will have to be retaken." And the phlegmatic Charlie Watts added, "It was bloody frightening."

The Stones, whose most recent music (such as the current "Jumpin' Jack Flash") has shown a return to electric rock sounds from the jungle-and-outer-space style of Their Satanic Majesties Request, must have given their fiercest performance (albeit to a small audience) since the famous on-stage electrocution in Sacramento in 1966.

This story is from the July 20th, 1968 issue of Rolling Stone.


To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“You Oughta Know”

Alanis Morissette | 1995

This blunt, bitter breakup song -- famous for its line "Would she go down on you in a theater?" -- was long rumored to be about Alanis Morissette getting dumped by Full House actor Dave Coulier. But while she never confirmed it was about him (Coulier himself says it is, however), she insisted the song wasn't all about scorn. "By no means is this record just a sexual, angry record," she told Rolling Stone. "The song wasn't written for the sake of revenge. It was written for the sake of release. I'm actually a pretty rational, calm person."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com