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May 07, 2014 8:53 AM Daylight Video

By Ed Kilgore

49 years ago today, a drowsy Keith Richards came up with (and fortunately, recorded) the main guitar riff for “Satisfaction” in a motel room in Clearwater, Florida. Here the Stones are performing it in Brazil in 2006.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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