A Brief History of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones Insulting Each Other

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By Bonnie Stiernberg The supposed rivalry between the Beatles and the Rolling Stones was, by most accounts, largely fictional — cooked up by the media as a way of pitting the two legendary groups against each other, riling up their fanbases and stoking album sales. In actuality, the two bands were friendly. John Lennon and Paul McCartney are even responsible for writing the Stones’ second-ever single, “I Wanna Be Your Man.” Their paths frequently crossed during the height of their fame, they occasionally hung out socially, and Keith Richards joined Lennon’s supergroup The Dirty Mac for the Rol…

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