Keith Richards Talks 'Sympathy For The Devil' Evolution On Guitar Moves

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(Vice) The latest episode of Noisey's Guitar Moves series features the second part of their interview with Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards. We were sent the following details:

The second part of his wide-ranging interview with Noisey, this episode finds Richards discussing the blues, his musical philosophy, and the power of music with host Matt Sweeney (Chavez, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Zwan).

Richards kicks off the conversation discussing how he decided to start playing the blues in the first place, drawing inspiration from mother's love of black music legends like Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, and Billy Eckstine. From there, Richards describes the biggest influences on his playing style, including the distinctive blues licks of Scotty Moore to Fats Domino's own proto-rock 'n' roll.

Richards also talks at length about The Rolling Stones' songwriting process, discussing how songs like "Under My Thumb" and "Sympathy for the Devil" morphed and changed as everyone in the rest band contributed their ideas and altered the songs' original ideas.

"Mick came in with a song. It was a great song and the whole song was there. but it was very Dylan-esque. It was a ballad," Richard says about "Sympathy for the Devil." "Suddenly I'm on bass, it's a samba. But that to me is the beauty of recording. You go in with some semi-conceived idea of what you think this song is supposed to come out like, and it comes out totally different." Watch the episode here.

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