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Don't you think it's sometimes wise not to grow up?October 2, 2017 at 4:00 pm #70810October 20, 2017 at 7:40 am #71655October 20, 2017 at 7:41 am #71656October 20, 2017 at 7:46 am #71657October 20, 2017 at 7:51 am #71658October 25, 2017 at 7:54 am #71724October 26, 2017 at 10:18 am #71746andrew tParticipant
“There are only two kinds of songs, honey,” growls Keith Richards. “The beautifully smooth ones that are plainly obvious when they come to you, and the ones that give you a hard time.” In the more than five decades he has spent churning out some of rock’s most enduring hits, the Rolling Stones guitarist has been unsurprisingly “lucky with the smooth ones.” Armed with a creative compass that guides him whenever the inklings of a new song arise, Richards, 73, explains that he “can almost always imagine where the music is gonna end up once it begins.” As the Stones embarked on their latest European tour, he shared the inspiration behind three legendary tracks.
SWEET BLACK ANGEL
Exile on Main St. (1972) “This one started as an island-lilt sort of thing when we were in Jamaica. After a while the words ‘Sweet Black Angel’ crept into it, and I realized Mick [Jagger] was writing about Angela Davis, the famous activist who was under arrest at the time. We had never met her, but we admired her from afar. Mick and I made the record and said, ‘That’s very nice,’ but it never seemed to really fit into a Stones show. We played it live only once, and it stuck out like a sore thumb. But anything can happen with the Stones. I’ll throw it in during rehearsal and see what happens. It’s still quite relevant, isn’t it? And that’s unfortunate. This stuff has stayed with us for too long.”
Let It Bleed (1969) “I had been sitting by the window of my friend Robert Fraser’s apartment on Mount Street in London with an acoustic guitar when suddenly the sky went completely black and an incredible monsoon came down. It was just people running about looking for shelter—that was the germ of the idea. But as we went further into, we went further into it until it became, you know, rape and murder are ‘just a shot away.’ I can’t think of a time I ever started a song off saying, ‘This is going to be a duet,’ but somewhere in the process of making the record it suddenly became obvious that we needed a female voice. Mick and I both looked at each other and said, ‘Man, we need a bitch in this!’ So [producer] Jack Nitzsche called up the singer Merry Clayton, and she was at the studio within an hour, and we cut it. Just like that.”
BEAST OF BURDEN
Some Girls (1978) “Those who say it’s about one woman in particular, they’ve got it all wrong. We were trying to write for a slightly broader audience than just Anita Pallenberg or Marianne Faithfull. Although that’s not to say they didn’t have some influence in there somewhere. I mean, what’s close by is close by! I’ve always felt it’s one of my best soul songs. It was another strict collaboration between Mick and me. I think I had the first verse—‘I’ll never be your beast of burden’—along with the hook, and we were still working very much in our traditional way: Here’s the idea, here’s the song, now run away and fill it in! Some of the theories surrounding it are very intriguing, but they’re about as divorced from reality as can be. I find it quite amusing that there are people in the world who spend a lot of their time trying to decode something that is, at the end of the day, completely undecodable. I mean, even I’ve forgotten the code!”November 12, 2017 at 6:24 pm #72493
Nice read Andrew,
‘I’ll never be your beast of burden’—along with the hook, and we were still working very much in our traditional way: Here’s the idea, here’s the song, now run away and fill it in! Some of the theories surrounding it are very intriguing, but they’re about as divorced from reality as can be. I find it quite amusing that there are people in the world who spend a lot of their time trying to decode something that is, at the end of the day, completely undecodable. I mean, even I’ve forgotten the code!
Don't you think it's sometimes wise not to grow up?November 24, 2017 at 7:18 pm #72640
Keith Richards, 1973 by Barrie Wentzell
Don't you think it's sometimes wise not to grow up?November 24, 2017 at 7:28 pm #72641
Keith Richards / The Rolling Stones / Tour of the Americas / Gator Bowl / August 2, 1975
Don't you think it's sometimes wise not to grow up?November 30, 2017 at 11:51 am #72710
Keith Richards / Some Girls Tour / Cleveland, Ohio / July 16, 1978
Don't you think it's sometimes wise not to grow up?November 30, 2017 at 1:48 pm #72728November 30, 2017 at 7:08 pm #72739
who cares about the yesterday Keith Richards? When it comes to Keith, it’s all about the 60’s, 70’s and early 80’s, since then he is just a parody of himself, nowadays he can’t play his guitar. If there’s gonna be a new records don’t except some genious Keith riff’s or solo’s, they are long gone, he has been doing the “nice to be anywere……….” since i was a little child, can he please stop it, why don’t he rather be honest and say something like “thank you for the money……..or “sorry for playing so badly…….” or something. But there are some exceptions the last 30 years but not many of them, i hope they soon call it a day (well i guess Jagger can do some solo shows that might be interesting), i wanna go to a Taylor Swift concert instead
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