Sunday, July 29, 2012

blind love for my father was the first thing I sacrificed to Mick Jagger

I've been really into Patti Smith lately. She's a strange, wild, enthusiastic writer. Also, she looks like Keith Richards.

Below is an excerpt from her 1973 Creem article about the Stones called "Jag-arr of the Jungle." It's a good example of her style and captures the particular masculine sexuality of rock 'n roll and the effect it can have on women.

"In full make-up and frills they still get it across. they know just how to ram a woman. they made me real proud to be female. the other half of male. they aroused in me both a feline sense of power and a longing to be held under the thumb."

Friday, July 27, 2012

Mick Jagger, 69

Mick Jagger speaking in an interview from the 80s. In honor of his birthday (yesterday):

"It's ridiculous. No-one should care if the Rolling Stones have broken up, should they? I mean, when the Beatles broke up I couldn't give a shit. Thought it was a very good idea. And I don't believe the fact that the Smiths' guitarist has left is of any import to anyone whatsoever. I don't think anyone should give a shit. But with me people seem to demand that I keep their youthful memories intact in a glass case specifically preserved for them and damn the sacrifices I have to make. Oh, the Stones, it's part of my youth, man, they say, because they saw you in Hyde Park 18 years ago and they have their fucking conservative little mental picture of you and they don't want you to change – not that they've bought a record of yours in 15 years. Why should I live in the past just for their petty ... satisfaction."