(OT): Glyn Johns: a very sound man

  • September 14, 2016 at 12:22 pm #54172

    “Stu [Ian Stewart] was like no one else I have ever met. He did what he wanted, when he wanted. He had a rather selfish way of life, not at all in an unpleasant way, as he never interfered with anyone else. You always knew where you were with him. It made for an uncomplicated relationship. I consider him to have been the best friend I will ever have.


    “The one question that will always remain with me is, here we have a man who remained exactly the same as the day I met him, with all this total lunacy going on around him. Straight as a die. No drugs. Didn’t smoke. Played golf. He has been dead for almost thirty years, and the band, some of whom have put themselves through the rigors of extreme abuse of one sort or another, are still at it. There is something wrong somewhere.”

    — Glyn Johns, Sound Man, pp. 39-40


    Below: Ian Stewart and Mick Jagger in Savannah, Georgia, 1965.

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    September 14, 2016 at 12:35 pm #54173
    Cocaine Eyes

    Lovely quote about Stu. Many thanks.

    ~CE🇨🇦 🐾 🇨🇦

    September 14, 2016 at 3:10 pm #54176

    “The Stones have had a fantastic selection of great piano players perform with them over the years, the cream of the crop. Nicky Hopkins, who in my opinion was a genius, Chuck Leavell, Billy Preston, and Mac —  Ian McLagan, the great rough-and-ready rock and roll keyboard player from the Small Faces and the Faces. All of these guys were specialists in their own style of playing and were all quite different from one another, but The Rolling Stones never swung like they did when Stu was playing with them. They became another band. The rhythm section became a whole other thing. The best I have ever heard. He had the most extraordinary feel that seemed to be in complete sympathy with Bill, Charlie, and Keith.”

    — Glyn Johns, Sound Man, p. 39

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    September 14, 2016 at 3:26 pm #54177

    “Stu was the great leveler for the band. He would always tell it like it is. There would be no posturing around him. No one was spared his frank and invariably funny opinion. Although they often appeared to take what he said with a pinch of salt, they knew that he wasn’t going to bullshit them like everyone else around them, and I am sure that a lot of what he said and did had an extremely positive effect on the band as a whole and on the individuals in it. He would go to get them from the dressing room before each show when it was time for them to go onstage, saying, ‘Come along my little shower of shit.’ I am sure no one else on this planet has ever spoken to them like that since his untimely death in 1985.”

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    “He didn’t approve entirely of the direction they took when they started writing their own material. He refused to play anything that he considered to have ‘Chinese,’ or minor, chords in it. That is, anything that was not the more traditional rhythm and blues or boogie-woogie format. So we had to get someone else in to play what he would not. He still played at every gig. He just played the songs that he wanted to.”

    — Glyn Johns, Sound Man, pp. 38-39

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    September 14, 2016 at 9:03 pm #54181
    Cocaine Eyes

    I can never get enough of Stu. Thanks so much. I’m going to have to get this book.

    ~CE🇨🇦 🌞 🇨🇦

    September 14, 2016 at 9:16 pm #54182

    I can never get enough of Stu. Thanks so much. I’m going to have to get this book. ~CE🇨🇦 🌞 🇨🇦

    It’s not just about Stu and the Stones, though there are chapters devoted to each — it spans the decades of his career as well. But I highly recommend it, as he’s one who unabashedly tells it like it is, with some surprising, humbling stories of the greats he’s encountered; plus it’s a vivid glimpse into how the art of making and recording music has evolved over the years. I’ll be posting more excerpts as I go along. Glad you’re enjoying these!

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    September 15, 2016 at 8:21 am #54183
    Cocaine Eyes

    Thanks so much, SH. Yes, I’ve read a few articles which quote Glynn and (as you said) he tells it as it is. And of course, it’s all about the music in the long run. So………another book on my “to-read-list”.

    ~CE :mrgreen: 

    September 15, 2016 at 10:32 am #54185

    Very good read…as is Making Rumours by Ken Callait. Both are seriously introspective and incredibly detailed regarding super recording sessions…

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