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This is what I asked and speculated here ten years ago:Quote
Any idea what Angela Davis might think about the song?
I always thought that she might be more offended due to feminist reasons than racial for "Sweet Black Angel"... For Mick all the females seem to be just "little gals"...
Since then I had a chance to see her in one conference in where she was a key note speaker. I really wanted to ask that personally from her, but, you know, I chickened out... she was such a charismatic academic superstar, and so sharp and serious about the subjects in matter, so even in informal circumstances, as people were discussing with her about the relevance of Marxist theory or Herbert Marcuse to recent issues in social injustice or whatever, I just couldn't come up with a question about what she likes of or thinks about one pop song... I guess no one has ever been able to... With her that sounds just so damn irrelevant... She is so serious...
You never know!
My mother is a huge classic music fan and abitué of the Conservatorio of Milano
Years ago she dragged me there to see the viola superstar Yuri Bashmet.
After the concert, we went backstage to greet the Maestro.
A small crowd was ardently discussing with Bashmet the most subtle nuances of the Shostakovich piece that had been performed that night.
"Maestro, I want you to meet my son. He has a huge passion for music"
"Great, what kind of music do you like?"
I didn't know what to say!!
"Ah, he loves the Stones" said my mother.
"The Stones? Great!! I LOVE the Stones!!" said Bashmet with a huge smile.
From there on the conversation moved from Shostakovich to Keith ...
>>Any idea what Angela Davis might think about the song?
>I always thought that she might be more offended due to feminist reasons than
>racial for "Sweet Black Angel"... For Mick all the females seem to be just
No way Ms Davis would have appreciated the song. It reeks of sexism as much as racism. The only reason the stones were writing a song about Angela Davis, if indeed that is whom it is about, is because she was a cute black chick who Jagger would love to get in bed. Political freedom fighters like Ms Davis don't and especially didn't appreciate that sort of thing in the least bit. It is about servitude and victimization and not only that, the lyrics do not fit her stance or being at all, its all about some cute black chick with a typical empty head. The exact opposite of Angela Davis (well, she was cute) and everything she stood for.
The only live version from Fort Worth TX (early show) 24/06/1972:
Beyoncé and Rihanna?
Beyoncé and Rihanna?
I was taking Sweet Black Angel in a different direction!!!