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I love your description of being hit by lightening because that is exactly what it was. Excellent choice of words. And, you're absolutely right when you say The Stones were not just another band. They excited all kinds of outrage at the time. Way beyond the criticism dished out to other bands. They simply did not care about the pettiness and conceits of day to day life at the time. Their attitude, insolence, and couldn't care less demeanour challenged all the morés of early 1960s society. And that society was shaken by it, and feared for its very future. Unless you were there at the time and lived through the fury they unleashed it is almost impossible to appreciate how revolutionary the early Stones were. And the fade out of It's All Over Now seemed, at least to me, to perfectly capture that electrical storm. No, make that a hurricane.
Great days. Great times.
Their Bad Habits.. !
Their Bad Habits.. !
Yes, but most young musicians in those days (even the Beatles!, remember George and his wife were at Keith's party, but the police waited with their raid action until they had left!) had similar bad habbits, but they were not placed under a magnifying glass by the media. It was all exagerated and I think the total lack of confidence about their own well being among many of the older generation, believing everything that was written, created this bad fibe around the Stones.
Ah, time has proven them wrong.
My Stones "Timeline" goes something like.....
I had heard many Stones song over the years but first current "hit" on radio rotation was "Angie"....I was 11 and we had just moved and I listened to it on headphones lying on the mattress on floor. The song really resonated with me, because it was a goodbye and moving on song, and that's where I was in my life.
So to me Angie was life lesson song. As I listened to it I envisioned myself as Angie and also as the narrater (Singer). I was also well aware that this was a deep meaningful song, this was not "Joy to the world" or "Sugar-sugar" and that really intrigued me. I wondered to myself if I could ever produce a great piece of art like Angie...
Fast forward about a year, I was up late on Friday night and I stumbled on "Don Kershner's Rock Concert". It was the Stones playing their new song "It's only Rock n Roll". I remember hearing it while driving down to the Jersey Shore with my family and asking my Dad to make it make it louder...
It was not long after that I purchased my first Stones album "Made in the Shade". I would not say I had buyers remorse but I lost interest in that album quickly. It just did not flow well IMHO.
Then I heard "Jumping Jack Flash" on the radio, which believe it or not I had only heard maybe a few times. So I went to the record store and looked in the Stones file section and all I could find it on was "Hot Rocks". This was a double album, and it had me thinking if I should buy it. I could get a Zepplin and Aerosmith. But I ended up picking it up. The album had a great flow. It had the early material and the later material in order.
It was at this time I decided I was going to be a rock star. So I wrote a letter to Gibson telling them I was a major talent and to send me a guitar and amp. Instead, they sent me a catalog and a hand written letter which I wish I would have kept telling me something like "We are rooting for you!! Follow your dreams!"...But anyway, that catalog they sent me had the coolest photo of Keith with a black "Les Paul".
That photo inspired me to look for more cool stuff. I found that gray book which I always called "The Anthology" but I have read others call it a different name here on IORR. It is the one with the music song book in the back. I picked it up right away. As I walked home with the book it felt like I just struck oil. This book has all the secrets in it!!
So, I finally arrive home with my new book and break out my completely out of tune no name acoustic guitar. The one with the strings about an inch from the fretboard. As I plucked and strummed away it occurred to me, hey maybe I should try to be something a little easier like a brain surgeon or pizza delivery man..
I could go on, but I'm starting to ramble....Anyway, it been an almost 50 year Stones journey thats not over yet...And its one I'm glad I took....
Lovely Story! And just curious: What has become of you if not a musician?
I spoke with a friend last night, 65 or so, and she was asking me why I’ve gone to see the stones so many times. Reason being the people you meet along the way, punctuated by a great band playin each 2-3 nights.
That’s kept me a fan.