Personally, I have weighed in on the debate many times. Only once on this blog have I even approached the subject. It’s usually a non-starter. I am growing more confident, however, that my preference is also defensible: The Rolling Stones were/are a superior band to The Beatles. This series of posts is merely a collection of arguments in the debate.
“[T]he dark side of this [the drug busts and conviction in 1967] was discovering that we’d become the focal point of a nervous establishment. There’s two ways the authorities can deal with a perceived challenge. One is to absorb and the other is to nail. They had to leave [T]he Beatles alone because they’d already given them medals. We got the nail. It was more serious than I thought. I was in jail because I’d obviously pissed off the authorities.” (Richards 2010, 227)
There is some room for explanation of why this quotation falls within this debate, but only if you do not already have a healthy skepticism of government and the criminal justice system. In which case there is no hope for you.
Richards, Keith. (2010). Life. NY: Little, Brown and Company.