Stones Manager Remembers Rock's First Bad Boys

All this would have been pointless if Oldham had not forced blues aficionados Jagger and Richards to write their own songs, instead of "sparring with [covers band] the Swinging Blue Jeans for some black guy's song that hadn't been recorded to death."

He got a songwriting credit on "As Tears Go By," one of the duo's first tunes, originally a 1964 Marianne Faithfull hit.

By his own admission, Oldham knew nothing about producing — he tried to plug an electric guitar into the wall — but he was a quick learner and eager collaborator, and the records "fell together. … Next one, next one, next one."

Stoned attempts to correct some myths, but he inadvertently adds to the pile by including some of his contributors' dubious tales.

For the record, he does cop to barging into a critic's office along with his bodyguard, Reg "The Butcher" King, and threatening to throw the hapless scribe out the window. And when a record company employee leaked the titles of the next Stones album to a music paper, Oldham and King threw him in a car and threatened to drop him into the Thames wearing concrete boots.

"It's all theatrics," he now explains. "You do what you do to keep yourself energized, to make every day count. Remember, it was us against them. We all have our own devices."

Reuters contributed to this report.

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