Popmatters’ Jason Mendelsohn and Eric Klinger examine The Rolling Stones’ album ‘Aftermath’ and reminisce about songs such as “Under My Thumb” and their effect during a time of strong feminism, in Counterbalance No. 125 The Rolling Stones’ ‘Aftermath’. They also discuss the bands’ power of social enlightenment:
“Mother’s Little Helper” skewers the notion that only junkies (or rock stars) need a little chemical kick to get them through the day. In pointing out the hypocrisy of a culture that tut-tuts rockers for recreational drug use while actively endorsing and prescribing mind-altering drugs to housewives, the Rolling Stones effectively cemented their reputation as a subversive cultural force.
Overall the article takes an interesting approach at looking at one of the nation’s most beloved, gritty rock bands ever.