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An Argentine musician sues the Rolling Stones for plagiarism: all the details


A New Orleans court received Sergio León's claim, due to the surprising similarity of the song 'So sorry' with the hit 'Living in a ghost town'. He claims the link was Chris Jagger, who passed a CD to his brother.

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have just been sued

last Friday for a copyright trial where it is argued that their hit

Living in a ghost town

was based on a little-known song by the Spanish group Angelslang, led by the Argentine Sergio García Fernández, whose name artist is Sergio León,

former member of the metal group Alakrán and arranger of the album

Heavy tango

by Nacha Guevara


The Rolling Stones' frontman duo "misappropriated many recognizable and copyright-protected elements" of the 2006 song

So sorry

and some elements of

Seed of God

, the lawsuit says .

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, the composition duo of the Rolling Stones, now accused of plagiarism.



The key to the case

The key to the case, which many might initially dismiss as crazy for a Spanish underground group to reach Jagger-Richards' ears, is that

Sergio León and Angelslang accompanied Chris Jagger during some shows in Spain and gave him a CD with their songs

, fact that is documented in an e-mail included in the lawsuit.

In fact, that email from Chris says that they have a sound that "will surely interest" the legendary band, implying that he was going to approach them.

According to the Argentine, who has lived in Spain for almost thirty years, the song

Living in a ghost town

took elements that include

"the vocal melodies, the chord progression, the drum rhythms, the harmonica part, the bass lines , the tempo and other personal details"


So sorry


The case has already been published in the prestigious American publication Billboard, which did not get any official comment from the Stones.

More details

Sergio Leon.

Video capture.

A little over a year ago,

Angelslang put together a website with details of the case

and where they presented both songs.

Although the

page is no longer active, it is still cached on the Internet.

There it says:

"Ten years ago, the lyricist of the Angelslang group was in close contact with Chris Jagger, brother of Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones. Both of them shared and exchanged opinions about the songs and the musical style of the band Angelslang, which could appeal to the members of The Rolling Stones and presented several Angelslang music CDs to Chris Jagger, two for him and two for Mick Jagger.

In addition, the musical composer of the band Angelslang has played with Chris Jagger in one of the shows organized by the lyricist with Chris.

As is logical, Chris Jagger can never say that he does not know this composer from the Angelslang group when they have shared the stage, a concert and a show playing together, the same would happen with the lyricist who exchanged many emails to organize their mini tour in Madrid.

Chris Jagger live in Madrid with Sergio León, in 2013. Video capture.

In 2020, in the midst of a pandemic, the Rolling Stones released the song

Living in a ghost town

 (2020), composed by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

After the release of this song, many fans and followers of the Angelslang group began to compare the song

Living in a ghost town

(2020) with

So Sorry

(2008) by the group Angelslang, stating that they were very similar.


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