Rolling Stones Drop ‘Brown Sugar’ From US Tour Over Lyrics Referencing Slavery

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The Rolling Stones have dropped their 1971 hit “Brown Sugar” from their current U.S. tour amid criticism over the song’s lyrics.

The song starts with the line, “Gold coast slave ship bound for cotton fields.”

“You picked up on that, huh?” band member Keith Richards told The Los Angeles Times in an interview published last week when he was asked why the song wasn’t being played on the tour.
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