The Beatles And The Stones: Rivals, Or Not?

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You’ve heard the question a thousand times: “Are you a Beatles person or a Stones person?” (Recently on Soundcheck, we even pitted the two sides against each other during a live Soundcheck Smackdown). It's perceived as the biggest rivalry in rock music -- but when the Beatles wrote the song “I Wanna Be Your Man" -- it was for The Rolling Stones. So how real was this supposed rivalry?

In his new book, music historian John McMillian says it wasn’t… except when it was. The book is called – what else? – "Beatles vs. Stones" – and John McMillian joins us to talk about it.