February 16, 2018 at 7:40 am #73353
Keith Richard, 29 the Rolling Stones group’s lead guitarist today admitted having heroin and cannabis at his Chelsea, Lo
He also pleaded guilty at Marlborough Street Court to illegally possessing a revolver, a shotgun and ammunition. Keith Richard and his girl friend Anita Pallenberg. October 1973 73-8511-008 (Photo by Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images)
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Judge Allen Block (picture)
“Mr. Jagger was charged with being in possession of four tablets containing amphetamine sulphate and methyl amphetamine hydrochloride… They are not a highly dangerous drug, or in proper dosage a dangerous drug at all… Four is not a large number. This is not the quantity which a pusher of drugs would have on him, nor even the quantity one would expect in an addict. It is surprising… that Judge Block should have decided to sentence Mr. Jagger to imprisonment and particularly surprising as Mr. Jagger’s is about as mild a drug case as can ever have been brought before the Courts.
It would be wrong to speculate on the judge’s reasons which we do not know. It is however, possible to consider the public reaction. There are many people who take a primitive view of the matter, what one might call a pre-legal view of the matter. They consider that Mr. Jagger has ‘got what was coming to him.‘ They resent the anarchic quality of The Rolling Stones’ performances, dislike their songs, dislike their influence on teenagers and broadly suspect them of decadence…
As a sociological concern this may be reasonable enough, and at an emotional level it is very understandable, but it has nothing at all to do with the case.”
William Rees-Mogg’s ‘Times’ editorial is often regarded a crucial deciding factor in the eventual overturning of Keith’s conviction and the reduction of Mick’s sentence to a Conditional Discharge. Brian Jones’s drug arrest back in May ‘67 meanwhile, also saw out it’s end in the courts where he was handed a nine-month prison-term for possession of cannabis and permitting his home to be used by others for smoking it. This was later reduced on appeal to a £1,000 fine and three months probation.
Author, Simon Wells believes the Redlands incident and the ensuing trial was a watershed moment that influenced future attitudes towards drugs in Britain. He says, “it really totally threw up into the air the whole situation of drug laws and soft drug use. The whole debate of drug use – courtesy of what had happened to Mick and Keith – was given a huge platform and a massive profile… When you look at what came off of this trial and imprisonment – it really informed drug laws, soft drug use – and more importantly the understanding of soft narcotic use. It actually led the way for a better understanding of that. So it’s a very important moment in British cultural history, and I dare say, for the rest of the world.” It also perhaps marked a turning point in the Rolling Stones’ history after which, their long-held reputation as Pop’s perennial ‘bad boys’ was elevated to a whole new level. Their manager, Andrew Loog Oldham had certainly played his part in cultivating this image early on in their career, marketing them as the dirty, wicked equivalent to The Beatles and masterminding such headlines as, ’Would You Let Your Daughter Marry a Rolling Stone?’
However, none of his inspired trickery could perhaps compare to the scale of events that unfolded in the wake of the Redlands bust – after all – The Stones had apparently taken on The Establishment… and won. In ‘Life,‘ Keith Richards writes, “in retrospect, the judge actually played into our hands. He managed to turn it into a great PR coup for us, even though I must say I didn’t enjoy Wormwood Scrubs, even for 24 hours. The judge managed to turn me into some folk hero overnight.” Marianne Faithfull certainly shares that view. She states, “before Redlands, Keith had been overshadowed by Mick and Brian, but his defiance on the stand made him a major folk hero. This was the beginning of Keith’s legend. A symbol of dissipation and the demonic. And the amazing thing is that subsequently he actually became that. Satan’s right-hand man with the skull-rings and the demonic imagery. He turned it all to his advantage.”
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