“You wouldn’t have had ‘Street Fighting Man’ without the Vietnam War. There was a sort of reality slowly penetrating.
Then it became a ‘them against us’ sort of thing. I could never believe that the British Empire would want to pick on a few musicians. Where’s the threat? You’ve got navies and armies and you’re unleashing your evil little troops on a few troubadours? To me, it was the first demonstration of how insecure establishments and governments really are. And how sensitive they can get to something as trivial, really. But once they perceive a threat they keep looking for the enemy within. Without realizing that half the time, they’re it.”
—Keith Richards, from his autobiography Life