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December 2, 2002

Songwriters . . .

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have written 99% of The Rolling Stones' original material. Interestingly, based upon their many solo recording projects, neither one appears the stronger writer. They are best and most consistent when they collaborate. They seem to be a true songwriting team.

Lennon and McCartney were not. John and Paul generally wrote separately, but by agreement they put both their names on every Beatle song either wrote. So it didn't matter much if they weren't getting along, until it came time to record. Their songwriting partnership was a facade contrived mainly for financial and marketing purposes.