Saturday, 20 October 2012
ROLLING STONES WEEK TRUNDLES TO A CONCLUSION
IT'S ROLLING STONES WEEK HERE AT GONZO DAILY
So after a week of celebrating the half-century legacy of The Rolling Stones this excuse to spend time writing about one of the editor's favourite bands trundles to a close. We cannot praise the new DVD from Chrome Dreams highly enough - we are hoping to get hold of others in the series as soon as we can. Likewise, whereas we are not fans of coffee table books; we prefer our books to have meat and potatoes writing rather than lotsa pix, but the 50th anniversary tome on the Stones is the exception that proves the rule.
It is an invaluable archive of pictures and information much of which even an incontrovertible pack rat of a muso like me has never seen before. Many thanks to the publishers for not only sending me a gratis copy (which currently is leaning against a speaker cabinet in my sitting room together with a whole pile of copies of Invertebrate Conservation News which I must finish critiquing), and from which these three classic slices of Stones tour art were taken with kind permission.
The book and the DVD helped me rekindle a love affair with the band which has lasted since the mid 1970s, and annoyed my wife and various girlfriends over the years.
Now, to finish off I have more news. I was flicking through the online news earlier this evening, looking for Formula One news for my darling mama-in-law, when I found more Stonesy stuff, which proves (as if any proof were necessary) that synchronicity makes the world a very interesting place.
The new SAtones documentary was prmiered last night in London, with Bill Wyman joining his erstwhile bandmates, and hoping that the documentary would pay tribute to the legacy of Brian Jones, who was (if I may misquote George Orwell writing about Salvador Dali), a magickal musician and a pretty horrible human being!
And look what I found on YouTube...
Posted by Jon Downes at 12:42
...BECAUSE SOME OF US THINK THAT THIS STUFF IS IMPORTANT
What happens when you mix what is - arguably - the world's most interesting record company, with an anarchist manic-depressive rock music historian polymath, and a method of dissemination which means that a daily rock-music magazine can be almost instantaneous?
Most of this blog is related in some way to the music, books and films produced by Gonzo Multimedia, but the editor has a grasshopper mind and so also writes about all sorts of cultural issues which interest him, and which he hopes will interest you as well.