(New York) The Rolling Stones deleted their legendary song for their US tour Brown Sugar, whose lyrics evoke slavery, but which have long been accused of racism.
“You noticed that huh?” », Answered, a bit enigmatic, Keith Richards, the guitarist of the British group, in a recent article of the Los Angeles Times, where he is asked why the track is no longer on the list of songs played on their tour which began on September 26, a month after the death of their drummer Charlie Watts.
“I try to understand with others where the problem is. Does anyone understand that this is a song about the horrors of slavery? But they want to bury him. For the moment, I do not want any conflict with all this m… ”, added Keith Richards, quoted by the Californian daily.
However, the 77-year-old guitarist adds: “I hope we can resuscitate the baby one day”. And singer Mick Jagger adds: “we played Brown Sugar every night since 1970, so sometimes we say to ourselves “we’re going to take it off for now and see what happens” […]. We could put it back ”.
Released in 1971, Brown Sugar, one of the Stones’ most famous tracks, is about slavery, sex and drugs, through images of whipped women and men who take advantage of it to satisfy their fantasies.
In recent years, critics have been heard more and more against the song, considered “racist”. In 2015, Brown Sugar was called “crude, sexist and astonishingly violent for black women,” in an article in the New York Magazine.
In 1995, in an interview with the magazine Rolling Stone, Mick Jagger had conceded that he would “never have written this song today”.
“I would probably have censored myself […] God knows what I’m talking about in this song. It’s such a mess. All the most obscene subjects in one fell swoop ”.