Keith Richards Talks About Street Fighting Man
Keith Richards makes a rare appearance on Marc Myer’s JazzWax site. This remarkable musician is the man of infinite invention when it comes creating rhythm guitar parts that are the embryos of hit songs and the mobilizing force in great rhythm tracks. Here he discusses “Street Fighting Man” but roll the dice and he could have discussed several dozen other amazing pieces of music. What always distinguished the Rolling Stones from every other rock group was their grasp of American R & B records are made. The Stones learned the lesson of building a record from the essence of the rhythm section and adding and customizing each layer above it. They learned how to build a track as a song developed and the learned the power of introducing percussive ingredients as the record builds. And all of it starts with a signature riff from Keith Richards.
David Bowie, Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon, Yoko Ono and John Lennon at the 1975 Grammy Awards.
With special award for Worst Fashion of the Night to Art.
Oh, hello there!
Friendly skeleton from Natural History for the use of schools and families (1864)
"Being disabled in America is like living in a third world country."
While filming their first film together, His Kind of Woman, Bob and Jane got along like old buddies. From her stand-in and friend Carmen Cabeen, Russell was already well acquainted with some of Bob’s more depraved antics and she had prepared herself for his “shocking side,” but the fact that he was also so “intellectual, gentle, caring” came as a most pleasant surprise. She would rave about his astounding command of the English language—even as he would tell her she was the most inarticulate girl he knew. He would tease her about her God-fearing ways, but he understood she was no Loretta Young, wallowing in piety. He loved to tell the one about the pestering reporter who couldn’t believe a girl with her “image” read the Bible and went to church each Sunday. “Hey Buddy,” she told him, “Christians have big breasts, too.” She was good-natured, generous, strong-minded when she had to be, a stand-up guy. Mitchum nicknamed her “Hard John.” They became fast friends. “I think she really adored Bob, loved him deeply, but without any hankypanky. Because she’s a very straight girl. And he loved her. It was just a marvelous combination,” commented Vincent Price.
Robert Mitchum said of Jane: “Jane Russell is an authentic original. She is pragmatic in her faith and fanatic in her loyalties. She disdains the weakness of vanity, and guards the truth with moral zeal. She tells it how it is.”
Last night in practice, we were practicing big falls onto a large crashpad. When the exercise finished, those of us nearby hoisted it up and carried it to put it away. It’s big. It takes about 5 people to carry. And in this particular moment, all 5 of the nearby…
You see, I also interpret it as “lazy men, do your share of the fucking housework around here!”
We each have our filters to interpret reality.
Six-sheet poster for ONE, TWO, THREE (Billy Wilder, USA, 1961)
Designer: Saul Bass (1920-1996) [see also]
Poster source: Heritage Auctions
This enormous poster (nearly 7 feet square) is signed by Bass and up for auction at Heritage today.