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It Is The Evening of the Day: The Rolling Stones at 50
PJ Media ^ | 7/24/2012 | Brendan Bernhard

Posted on 07/24/2012 5:11:25 PM PDT by mojito

So it’s official: The Rolling Bones – I mean, Stones — have turned 50. Can 50 really be so bad? Well, that all depends on who you are. To celebrate the “50th Anniversary” of the Rolling Stones, as the media have cautiously been doing, is really just a polite way of saying that Mick Jagger, Keith Richards & co. will turn 70 next year. And 70, in the context of “the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band,” sounds deadly. Grotesque. A car-crash you not only don’t want to rubberneck, you want to turn around and drive away from it at maximum speed in the opposite direction.

You can chalk that reaction up to the Stones having once been global ambassadors for youth culture. It’s also an unfortunate side-effect of the historical resilience of their uniquely powerful, raunchy, amoral, decadent, sex-drenched aura. While their fellow ’60’s idol, Bob Dylan, embraced geezerhood and mortality a good 20 years ago, wrapping it around himself in song after song, sucking it into his eyes and flesh as if to conquer it before it conquers him, no rockers have been as successful as the Stones at deflecting attention from just how old they are, and how old they have been, for so long. And now this “50th Anniversary” thing turns up like the Grim Reaper in a smiley mask to strip away the last vestiges of pretence. For the Stones, to cite the beautiful opening line of “As Tears Go By” (allegedly the first song Jagger and Richards wrote together), “It” (finally!) – “is the evening of the day.”

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TOPICS: History; Music/Entertainment; Society
KEYWORDS: keithrichards; mickjagger; rollingstones
Good and interesting commemerative essay on the Stones, the band that has defined rock-and-roll - for good and evil - as no other band has.
1 posted on 07/24/2012 5:11:31 PM PDT by mojito
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To: mojito

70 is the new 40.


2 posted on 07/24/2012 5:17:03 PM PDT by Argus
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To: mojito


3 posted on 07/24/2012 5:17:36 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: mojito

Over-rated . Haven’t put out a great album in over 3 decades .


4 posted on 07/24/2012 5:18:50 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: mojito

What a drag it is getting old.


5 posted on 07/24/2012 5:19:57 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: mojito

Saw ‘em at NCSU, Carter-Findlay Stadium.

65,000 person sing-along with Mick.

He started “Sympathy for the Devil” standing on the top of the entire stage, up on the girders where the lights are all attached...


6 posted on 07/24/2012 5:20:10 PM PDT by GRRRRR (He'll NEVER be my President, FUBO! Treason is the Reason! Impeach the Kenyan)
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To: GRRRRR

Saw them on the Steel Wheels Tour, one of the best shows I’ve ever seen.


7 posted on 07/24/2012 5:21:32 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: mojito

Just saw the magazine today at a store...noticed the Stones on the cover and thought, they don’t look so bad for age 70+.

Then I realized how old the photo was.


8 posted on 07/24/2012 5:22:43 PM PDT by Lady Lucky (If you believe what you're saying, quit making taxable income.)
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To: mojito
Up until Sticky Fingers the Stones were truly legendary.Afterward they went into a steep decline and soon became a sad joke,and have remained so ever since.
9 posted on 07/24/2012 5:23:52 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Poor Barack.If He's Reelected,Think Of The Mess He'll Inherit!)
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To: Gay State Conservative

The Beatles were smart, they picked the right time to quit.


10 posted on 07/24/2012 5:24:45 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: sushiman

Last good thing they did was “Some Girls” way back in 1978.


11 posted on 07/24/2012 5:28:16 PM PDT by LongWayHome
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To: Gay State Conservative

Since then, they’ve been the World’s Best Nostalgia Band. The kind of band where when they say, “And now here’s a song from our new album”, the beer line rapidly expands to a half a mile.


12 posted on 07/24/2012 5:28:24 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: LongWayHome

That’s the album I was thinking of .


13 posted on 07/24/2012 5:29:27 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: sushiman

Yup....they lost their fastball a long time ago.


14 posted on 07/24/2012 5:33:03 PM PDT by LongWayHome
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To: LongWayHome
Yup....they lost their fastball a long time ago.

What band wouldn't over the course of a 50 year career?

15 posted on 07/24/2012 5:34:29 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: mojito

The Rolling Stones: Phoning it in since 1974.


16 posted on 07/24/2012 5:37:16 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (If you're gonna die, die with your boots on...)
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To: mojito

These guys are older now than ancient figures from the 1920s were when they started — a lot older than the “older generation” of their day. But at least they weren’t the ones who sang “I hope I die before I get old.” Those guys are still around, too.


17 posted on 07/24/2012 5:38:09 PM PDT by x
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To: dfwgator

/like


18 posted on 07/24/2012 3:55:17 PM PDT by genxer
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To: LongWayHome

Saw that show in Buffalo, Mick couldn’t sing and Keith was well, you know......Keith.


19 posted on 07/24/2012 3:56:06 PM PDT by John 3_19-21 (Stand for something, or fall for anything.)
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To: dfwgator

Well, they seem to have lost it when they were still thirty-something rockers back in the 1970s. They had a short prime, but they did some great stuff....Ill give them that. Everyone’s different. Look at Van Morrison: guy never lost it.


20 posted on 07/24/2012 3:57:35 PM PDT by LongWayHome
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To: LongWayHome

Saw that show in Buffalo, Mick couldn’t sing and Keith was well, you know......Keith.


21 posted on 07/24/2012 3:57:44 PM PDT by John 3_19-21 (Stand for something, or fall for anything.)
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To: LongWayHome

Best album / song?


22 posted on 07/24/2012 4:00:41 PM PDT by John 3_19-21 (Stand for something, or fall for anything.)
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To: LongWayHome

The decline was when they brought in Ron Wood, he’s not half the musician that Mick Taylor was, but Taylor’s personality didn’t quite fit the band.


23 posted on 07/24/2012 4:02:09 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: sushiman

They’ll still be playing their tunes when everyone here is dead.


24 posted on 07/24/2012 4:02:37 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: genxer

“Oh daddy’is your brain still flash’in? like it did when you were young, or did you come down crash’in see’in all the things you’ve done.................................”


25 posted on 07/24/2012 4:03:31 PM PDT by John 3_19-21 (Stand for something, or fall for anything.)
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To: John 3_19-21

I’m disappointed that Keith didn’t kick Mick’s ass for those lame duets he did with Bowie and Michael Jackson.


26 posted on 07/24/2012 4:04:16 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

Saw a chunk of the live DVD from the Some Girls tour. They weren’t phoning it in for that. You can even see a bit of the punk influence in how they played, much faster than previously.

Also, I think as far as latter career albums go, Voodoo Lounge is pretty underrated.


27 posted on 07/24/2012 4:05:54 PM PDT by Mr. Blonde (You ever thought about being weird for a living?)
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To: dfwgator

They did lose personal over the years. I think what strikes people most is that the creative decline of the band was so fast & early. One would expect a slow decline considering the talent they had.


28 posted on 07/24/2012 4:06:25 PM PDT by LongWayHome
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To: dfwgator

Pure props to Mick Taylor but Ron Wood has few peers as well. Beast of Burden is some fine playing. IMHO


29 posted on 07/24/2012 4:07:13 PM PDT by John 3_19-21 (Stand for something, or fall for anything.)
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To: Mr. Blonde

The Stones have the same problem every band from that era has, people compare the new stuff to the old stuff, and if it sounds like it, people complain that they are just doing to same stuff, but if they try to do something different, people complain because it doesn’t sound like the old stuff.


30 posted on 07/24/2012 4:07:45 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: LongWayHome

Brian Jones was a huge loss. Amazing of all the big bands of that era, they’ve only lost one prominent member, and that was over 40 years ago.


31 posted on 07/24/2012 4:09:19 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: dfwgator

Lol, you can’t kill Keith ! The guy is still going strong.


32 posted on 07/24/2012 4:13:24 PM PDT by LongWayHome
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To: mojito

I think I used to like listening to the rolling stones.


33 posted on 07/24/2012 4:16:29 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: LongWayHome

His autobiography “Life” was one of the best reads I’ve had in years. Totally changed my view of the guy, despite all the drugs, he’s as sharp as a tack.


34 posted on 07/24/2012 4:19:14 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: dfwgator

I’ve heard good things about his book. Might make good summer reading.


35 posted on 07/24/2012 4:21:00 PM PDT by LongWayHome
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To: x
But at least they weren’t the ones who sang “I hope I die before I get old.” Those guys are still around, too.

Well, actually 50% of the original "Who" members died a decade or two ago.

36 posted on 07/24/2012 4:23:43 PM PDT by softwarecreator
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Well, actually 50% of the original "Who" members died a decade or two ago.

They're playing the Olympic Closing Ceremonies and are planning a new tour. Roger is in phenomenal shape, and his voice actually sounds better than it has in years.

37 posted on 07/24/2012 4:25:36 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: x
In 1965, that old fogey - Frank Sinatra - was 50.

In 2012, some of the Stones’ last great records from the early 1970s, like “Brown Sugar” or “Tumbling Dice,” are over 40.

As we leave the 20th century further and further behind those distinctions, which once seemed so definitive, seem to matter less and less.

38 posted on 07/24/2012 4:27:21 PM PDT by mojito
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To: LongWayHome
Lol, you can’t kill Keith ! The guy is still going strong.

I have a theory that Keith died in 1969 ... and once the drugs wear off he'll realize it.  That should be in 2 or 3 years from now. =)

39 posted on 07/24/2012 4:28:11 PM PDT by softwarecreator
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To: dfwgator

“Saw them on the Steel Wheels Tour, one of the best shows I’ve ever seen.”

Ditto...saw it in FL at the Orange Bowl.


40 posted on 07/24/2012 4:30:49 PM PDT by Magic Fingers (Political correctness mutates in order to remain virulent.)
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To: dfwgator
They're playing the Olympic Closing Ceremonies and are planning a new tour. Roger is in phenomenal shape, and his voice actually sounds better than it has in years.

I watched a special about them recently. They were, and are, an amazing band, especially when you realize they had the best drummer (Keith Moon), best bass player (John Entwistle), and one of the best guitarists in Rock history (Townsend). Roger is one heck of a fine singer, too.

In terms of music quality, they are probably the 2nd best all around "rock" band of all time.

41 posted on 07/24/2012 4:47:31 PM PDT by softwarecreator
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“His autobiography “Life” was one of the best reads I’ve had in years.”

I read the book and was pleasantly surprised. Like you, I changed my opinion of him.


42 posted on 07/24/2012 4:51:26 PM PDT by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: softwarecreator

Watch their 1970 concert at the Isle of Wight, just amazing. Still get a kick out of Ox’s skeleton outfit....just watching Moonie alone was worth the price of admission.


43 posted on 07/24/2012 5:26:42 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: mojito

Who thought that Keith Richards or Ginger Baker would survive the ‘70s? Poster boys for the health benefits of drug abuse.


44 posted on 07/24/2012 7:54:20 PM PDT by TChad
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Thanks for the tip. I've seen clips of it but I think I will see if I can find the concert somewhere online.

I do love the skeleton costume!

45 posted on 07/24/2012 8:05:35 PM PDT by softwarecreator
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To: mojito; a fool in paradise
(The legendary British D.J., John Peel, topped everybody by claiming that the best Stones album was their first one, which began with “Route 66,” ended with “Walking the Dog,” and didn’t contain a single original composition.)

And Peel may have been right (he was referring to the British version of the LP, still unavailable here.)

I want to Stones to get their wheelchairs back in the studio, invite Bobby Keys and the boogie woogie piano player from Charlie's current band ABC & D of Boogie Woogie Axel Zwingenberger, and record an R&B album, their own or other people's tunes, but R'n'B, none of that second hand disco, reggae and hip hop.

46 posted on 07/24/2012 8:16:17 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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Folks can criticize the Rolling Stones for having stayed in the rock and roll game for so very long, but what they may not realize is that the Stones patterned themselves on the old blues greats and their culture.

Part of that musical culture is the concept that one follows the minstrel path for life. It’s not about pop culture, or staying on top with record sales. It’s a commitment to the craft, and the life. Even better, if you can really make a living at it.

Look at most of the blues greats of the 20th century, and you’ll see the exact same pattern. Those men and women sang and played until their dying days - despite the fact that all of their stars had long since passed their zenith.

It’s the way of the minstrel.


47 posted on 07/25/2012 1:28:14 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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