storyofpop:

The Rolling Stones' first single of 1965, “The Last Time,” was also their first self-penned single and the moment at which they fully justified their manager’s hype. It was an incredible sound for a group from Kent. This was largely because it was recorded at one of the premier American studios (RCA in Los Angeles) and had assistance from one of the premier American arrangers (Phil Spector’s henchman Jack Nitzsche), so there was light and space as well as a vortex created by the guitars, with Keith Richards’s relentless spiraling hook sucking you in. From now on they were unstoppable. 

From Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyoncé by Bob Stanley, out now in hardcover and ebook.

Stanley says the Stones “were the first group to mark themselves out as pop snobs, outsiders and proud of it.” And: “They also acted deliberately dumb.”

BP found 'grossly negligent' for its role in the 2010 Gulf oil spill

As chronicled in Abrahm Lustgarten’s 2012 book Run to Failure: BP and the Making of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster

"A gripping account of a catastrophe foretold, Run to Failure explains not just why the gulf oil spill happened but why it didn’t have to.” —Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction