brian jones - really?

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I don't like the Stones at all, but have always been curious as to why Brian Jones (the dead bloke) has always been held in such high esteem.

Did he ever write any tunes? I understand he may have introduced new instruments to their sound, but is that it??

scottjames23 (worrysome-man), Sunday, 15 June 2003 09:05 (twenty years ago) link

He died. Like you said. Richards played a lot of my favourite "Jones" parts, anyway.

Andrew Thames (Andrew Thames), Sunday, 15 June 2003 09:12 (twenty years ago) link

That slide sound.
Sitars, pianos, marimbas, etc.
The haircut.
The 'tude.

Although Mick Taylor was "better" chops-wise, Brian had a soul dredged straight outta Clarksdale. Ron Wood will spend the rest of his life trying (and failing) to capture a moment as mournful as "No Expectations."

Chris Clark (Chris Clark), Sunday, 15 June 2003 09:31 (twenty years ago) link

so he was the 'bez' of the Stones?

scottjames23 (worrysome-man), Sunday, 15 June 2003 09:34 (twenty years ago) link

Jones wasn't on "No Expectations". As far as I know he wasn't on "Beggar's Banquet" at all.

Andrew Thames (Andrew Thames), Sunday, 15 June 2003 09:39 (twenty years ago) link

>Jones wasn't on "No Expectations".

He sure plays it nice on "Rock and Roll Circus."

Chris Clark (Chris Clark), Sunday, 15 June 2003 09:46 (twenty years ago) link

Oh, ok. Didn't know which version you meant.

Andrew Thames (Andrew Thames), Sunday, 15 June 2003 09:58 (twenty years ago) link

whatever happened to the film that psychic tv were making about him?

frenchbloke (frenchbloke), Sunday, 15 June 2003 10:12 (twenty years ago) link

He was a musical encyclopedia who supposedly played the blues better than anyone in the band. But I think Keith caught up pretty quick.

Jazzbo (jmcgaw), Sunday, 15 June 2003 13:56 (twenty years ago) link

He was blonde. The rest were brunettes.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Sunday, 15 June 2003 16:17 (twenty years ago) link

He played a mean fukcing mellotron

Pashmina (Pashmina), Sunday, 15 June 2003 16:19 (twenty years ago) link

Maybe he lived his life "like a rolling stone"? HAR!

Francis Watlington, Sunday, 15 June 2003 16:41 (twenty years ago) link

The Master Musicians of Jajouka.

Rockist Scientist, Sunday, 15 June 2003 17:15 (twenty years ago) link

He invented them.

Rockist Scientist, Sunday, 15 June 2003 17:22 (twenty years ago) link

You can't help but feel sorry for him. Originally - way back at the beginning - it was his band. He was the most creative musical thinker in the group if not the primary songwriter. He's definitely all over Beggars - in fact he was the one who insisted they return to a bluesy sound after the excesses of Satanic Majesties; it's Let it Bleed where he basically had no input at all. Then Keith stole his girlfriend - the beautiful Anita Pallenberg - and he got kicked out of the band. Then of course, there is the whole mystery surrounding his death. Something about dodgy death certificates or something, I can't remember. I used to know all the conspiracy theories but hey I've forgetten.

Mr. Diamond (diamond), Sunday, 15 June 2003 17:59 (twenty years ago) link

How could he be the most creative musical thinker, and yet not write any material for them?

The Master Musicians of Jajouka.

what is their link to the Stones? and what should i know about them?

scottjames23 (worrysome-man), Sunday, 15 June 2003 18:01 (twenty years ago) link

Did he not write the tunes? I doubt it. I don't think Mick wrote anything about, say, "You Got the Silver", but his name's on there. It was just the songwriting credit convention they came up with for royalty reasons I guess. I'm not well-versed in the state of 60's entertainment law. Anyway, rest assured that "Paint it Black" - one of the most emblematic tunes of the decade - wouldn't exist without Jones.

Mr. Diamond (diamond), Sunday, 15 June 2003 18:04 (twenty years ago) link

sj23, he recorded an album of the Master Musicians of Jajouka, who apparently continue to hold him in high esteem (unless they are just being ironic). They refer to him as "Brahim" instead of "Brian."

I think the first famous westerner to "discover" the Master Musicians of Jajouka was Brion Gysin, or possibly Paul Bowles. Anyway, there is a whole beat/expat. connection to them. This is covered in great detail all over the place, which is one reason I'm being so vague. It shouldn't be hard to track something down about it.

Rockist Scientist, Sunday, 15 June 2003 18:41 (twenty years ago) link

Psychic TV's "God Star" video is still kind of funny (I guess--I haven't seen it for a while), especially the clip of guilty looking Rolling Stones survivors of Brian Jones parading in front of the camera. (Everyone keeps making me admit to knowing about PTV today, aaargh.)

Rockist Scientist, Sunday, 15 June 2003 18:45 (twenty years ago) link

brian's influence was all over aftermath (which is prob. my favorite pre-beggar's banquet stones record). he's the guy playing the marimbas on "under my thumb" and "out of time," and the sitar on "paint it, black."

and no, rockist scientist, yer not the only ILmer with a shamefully large knowledge of Psychic TV ;-p

Tad (llamasfur), Sunday, 15 June 2003 23:15 (twenty years ago) link

sadly he's not the only one with a knowledge of psychic tv - there are others, indeed one regular poster on here bought all the live albums, tho i shall refrain from naming and shaming.

frenchbloke (frenchbloke), Monday, 16 June 2003 08:19 (twenty years ago) link

Echoing what others said, it was originally "Brian's Band". Up until the point where Andrew Loog Oldham locked Mick and Keef in a room and refused to let them out until they'd learned how to write a song.

And even though Brian may not have written songs, that didn't mean that he didn't have massive creative input. He was a genius in terms of texture and arrangement - he was the multi-instrumentalist that dragged in sitars and mellotrons and cellos and recorders. The Brian Jones period was the musical heyday of the Stones, when they were actually adventurous and interesting and yet also downright pop - without him, they descended into self parody of being just another above-average bar blues band. Ironic, considering that Brian was the most pure "rhtyhm and blues" enthusiast of them all.

kate (kate), Monday, 16 June 2003 08:28 (twenty years ago) link

has anyone read the interview with Anita Pallenberg and Debbie Harry in Cheap Date? Anita Pallenberg to thread!

steve k ( (stevek10), Monday, 16 June 2003 18:09 (twenty years ago) link

Marianne Faithfull said that Brian came up with the melody for "Ruby Tuesday" but didn't get the credit.

Charles McCain (Charles McCain), Monday, 16 June 2003 18:13 (twenty years ago) link

I don't think anyone should put too much weight behind the actual listed Jagger/Richards writing "credits" on any Stones' records, especially the early stuff. They stole left and right and didn't credit anyone, Jones included I would imagine. They definitely did not write "The Last Time" - they copped it from the Staple Singers - but it's still credited to them anywhere you look. (Cue embittered rant re: the Verve, Allen Klein).

Shakey Mo Collier, Monday, 16 June 2003 18:18 (twenty years ago) link

Let's not get carried away here...

He didn't write any of the songs (really) (Sure, Jagger Richards "stole" from lots of blues musicians, but not Brian Jones). He could play just about any instrument on sight, but never stuck with any of them long enough to add more than atmospherics. The band produced all of its best work (ie, Beggars Banquet-Exile) without him. (He had very little to do with Beggars, nothing to do with the rest. Just watch them recording Sympathy for the Devil in Godard's One Plus One; Brian is off in a corner strumming away in a dope haze--they weren't recording him.) He couldn't handle fame, or touring (which is why he got kicked out in the end). He had an enormous, brittle ego which was destroyed by drugs. He was deceptive and a control freak (couldn't handle Mick getting all the attention).

What he really did was invent the Stones image. He was always ahead of Mick and Keith fashion/taste/experience-wise. Ultimately they sucked his persona out of him and incorporated it into their own (this is what they did steal from him). Sad, but he wasn't exactly a saint. Also, Joujuka is a great album and arguably presaged ethno-techno (not necessarily something you want to take credit for, but anyway...) The conspiracy theory is that the builders who were working on his house drowned him.

Ben Williams, Monday, 16 June 2003 18:27 (twenty years ago) link

I think Ben's on-target, except that one doesn't want to downplay "atmospherics" - without BJ's atmospherics, what made the Stones the Stones (i.e., the image) wouldn't have had an audio component to speak of. It would've been good blues-rock/pop instead of fuckin' evil-ass blues-rock/pop.

J0hn Darn1elle (J0hn Darn1elle), Monday, 16 June 2003 18:32 (twenty years ago) link

The Masters of Jajouka album is no small accomplishment either - altho it has nothing to do with the Stones per se - getting them recorded and exposed to the West is definitely something I am personally grateful that Jones did.

Shakey Mo Collier, Monday, 16 June 2003 19:01 (twenty years ago) link

eighteen years pass...

five children by five different people by the time he was 23!!

brian jones, use a fucking condom lol

Karl Malone, Sunday, 5 September 2021 20:06 (two years ago) link

Lot of horseshit itt

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 5 September 2021 20:18 (two years ago) link

BJ gets hard done by in the artistic genre of "shit illustrated renderings of the 27 Club", you always get Jimi, Janis, Jim, Amy and Kurt but he's pottering around in the background if he's lucky.

john landis as man being smashed into window (uncredited) (Matt #2), Sunday, 5 September 2021 20:55 (two years ago) link

Also his work on punching women gets downplayed a lot

cheesons to be rearful (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 5 September 2021 21:15 (two years ago) link

The more I hear about him, the less I like him, seems to have been a truly unpleasant individual.

fc_TEFH28mo (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Sunday, 5 September 2021 21:45 (two years ago) link

The mid period rules so hard, I think I'm starting to like the era more than the later era, he had great instincts for sounds

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 5 September 2021 21:48 (two years ago) link

Sounds like he was piece of shit but you know, he was in the Rolling Stones

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 5 September 2021 21:49 (two years ago) link

even compared to other members of the roling stones he was a cunt

fc_TEFH28mo (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Sunday, 5 September 2021 22:02 (two years ago) link

the only thing in his favor is his interest in musical instruments/sounds outside of traditional blues/rock, a lot of their “far out” sounds seem like they were largely his doing

aside from that he seems like the cuntiest twattiest hobgoblin to have ever drawn breath

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 5 September 2021 22:22 (two years ago) link

oh man, i know nothing at all about him as a person. sounds like i don't want to find out. i revived this thread because i've been listening to Between the Buttons so much recently, just on repeat. i don't know the particulars of which songs he played on during the 67-69 era. i know it went downhill for him quickly and that he just kind of drugged himself out of the band. and then there's the people upthread offering contradicting takes on his role on beggar's banquet. seems like consensus is that he's barely there at all for let it bleed.

but Between the Buttons. I just kind of assume he's all over that, because it has a very different sound that the stones never consistently went back to. it's very poppy, a range of styles! the beach boys influence is clear (the harmony vocals on Yesterday's Papers), and there's still this raw early rock and roll vibe, like on "Complicated". i'm just humming the main part of Yesterday's Papers, and the little harpsichord-sounding thing and the marimba counterpoint at the end of each line...that sounds like a lot of Brian Jones to me, if i had to guess.

but i don't really know. it seems conspicuous, though, that they would have all these more light and melodic and adventurous songs and that it went away with Brian Jones

Karl Malone, Sunday, 5 September 2021 23:04 (two years ago) link

sorry, vibraphone on Yesterday's Papers, not marimba

Karl Malone, Sunday, 5 September 2021 23:05 (two years ago) link

listening to BtB so much, i'm thinking of it kind of as the answer to Revolver. both recorded in 1966, with revolver coming out in august '66 and BtB in jan '67. Revolver is 11.5 out of 10, BtB is a 10. it only suffers in comparison to the beatles. but both of them are my favorite stage of that group. there was something in the air, or maybe it was that they were still working with so few tracks in the studio

Karl Malone, Sunday, 5 September 2021 23:08 (two years ago) link

and on She Smiled Sweetly - is there anything else besides Brian Jones and the drums? or is that someone else playing the organ part? there's a sweetness to jagger's singing on that song that i don't really hard much later on

Karl Malone, Sunday, 5 September 2021 23:14 (two years ago) link

don't really _hear_ much later on, although i'm definitely far from well-versed in their post-Jones music. i know their big four, i love some girls, i like emotional and tattoo you and goat's head

Karl Malone, Sunday, 5 September 2021 23:15 (two years ago) link

was just listening to Between the Buttons again and was really struck by "She Smiled Sweetly;" I hadn't remembered the lyrics and found them surprisingly earnest and confessional.

KM, I love that you're posting about Between the Buttons on every Rolling Stones thread except the Between the Buttons one; I keep thinking about reviving that thread but I don't want to ruin your streak.

Lily Dale, Sunday, 5 September 2021 23:21 (two years ago) link

Mick & Keith's 50+ year PR campaign of minimizing his contributions has been very effective

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 5 September 2021 23:37 (two years ago) link

oh lily you should do it! that would be perfect. i think it's because i keep thinking i'm about to move beyond that one, and i go back to aftermath, or i forward to flowers again, but then i just really need to hear "complicated" again at top volume. that's the one that gets me. the "yeah" parts from mick, especially, holy cow.

Karl Malone, Sunday, 5 September 2021 23:44 (two years ago) link

holy SHIT, the best part about "connection" is the bass (imo), and i see now that keith richards played it on that one. makes sense. it's just 8th notes but it is popping

Karl Malone, Sunday, 5 September 2021 23:46 (two years ago) link

anyway, having finally visited the wikipedia page for Between the Buttons, i feel validated that brian jones seemed essential to the proceedings. these are his credits for the US version:

Brian Jones – organ (1, 5, 10), electric guitar (1, 11), accordion (3), recorder (3, 7), vibraphone (2), piano (2), tambourine (4), harmonica (9), dulcimer (6), kazoo (6), backing vocals (2,3) tuba, trombone, trumpet (12)

Karl Malone, Sunday, 5 September 2021 23:47 (two years ago) link

the tuba, the trombone, AND the trumpet on "Something Happened to Me Yesterday". everyone was like Brian, your lips, they're all blown out, you have to stop

Karl Malone, Sunday, 5 September 2021 23:47 (two years ago) link

sorry -- i know this is a lot of posts in a row --

but maybe the shift in direction after between the buttons has to do with the oldham leaving, too? i don't really know the producer history of the stones that much. from the godard footage it kind of always seemed to me that the 68-72 configuration was just kind of in exalted rock star world and could do whatever they felt like at that point. maybe that's why oldham had to go? because he'd push them into a pop direction or something? i don't know. BJ, do u know?

Karl Malone, Sunday, 5 September 2021 23:52 (two years ago) link

The photo shoot for the album cover took place in November 1966 on Primrose Hill in North London. The photographer was Gered Mankowitz, who also shot the band photos for the cover of Out of Our Heads. The shoot took place at 5:30 in the morning following an all night recording session at Olympic Studios. Using a home-made camera filter constructed of black card, glass and Vaseline, Mankowitz created the effect of the Stones dissolving into their surroundings. The goal of the shoot was, in Mankowitz's words, "to capture the ethereal, druggy feel of the time; that feeling at the end of the night when dawn was breaking and they'd been up all night making music, stoned."[7] Brian Jones' disheveled and gaunt appearance on the cover disturbed many of his fans, and critic David Dalton wrote that he looked "like a doomed albino raccoon."[4]

lol, but also, as someone who often looks "disheveled and gaunt", fuck you David Dalton!

Karl Malone, Sunday, 5 September 2021 23:58 (two years ago) link

"Brian [Jones] was lurking in his collar", Mankowitz commented years later, "I was frustrated because it felt like we were on the verge of something really special and he was messing it up. But the way Brian appeared to not give a shit is exactly what the band was about."

mankowitz otm

Karl Malone, Sunday, 5 September 2021 23:59 (two years ago) link

Brian was already going down, but somehow comes off as most ready for the Spiders From Mars in the JJF promo

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 6 September 2021 00:26 (two years ago) link

far out maaan

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 6 September 2021 00:32 (two years ago) link

I recall reading in Stanley Booth’s booth that Brian actually relished getting mobbed by fans and would kind of go towards dangerous situations when he ended up getting crushed and clothes mangled and shit, weird fucked up dude

brimstead, Monday, 6 September 2021 00:55 (two years ago) link

True Adventurous of the Rolling Stones by Booth remains essential, he saw right through them

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 6 September 2021 01:29 (two years ago) link

gd they really did make some dope pre-MTV videos

caddy lac brougham? (will), Monday, 6 September 2021 01:32 (two years ago) link

but I’m the guy who’ll watch “Hey Negrita” and just smile like an idiot

caddy lac brougham? (will), Monday, 6 September 2021 01:33 (two years ago) link

Jagger in 1995:

Can we talk about Brian Jones for a second here?

Sure. The thing about Brian is that he was an extremely difficult person. You don’t really feel like talking bad about someone that’s had such a miserable time. But he did give everyone else an extremely miserable ride. Anyway, there was something very, very disturbed about him. He was very unhappy with life, very frustrated. He was very talented, but he was a very paranoid personality and not at all suited to be in show business.

Hmm. Show business killed him?
Yeah. Well, he killed himself, but he should’ve been playing trad-jazz weekends and teaching in school; he probably would have been better off.

What was Brian’s contribution to the band?

Well, he had a huge contribution in the early days. He was very obsessed with it, which you always need.

Obsessed with the band?

Yeah, getting it going and its personality and how it should be. He was obsessed. Too obsessed for me. There’s a certain enthusiasm, and after that it becomes obsession. I go back to my thing about collecting: It’s nice to collect stamps, but if it becomes obsessive, and you start stealing for your stamps, it becomes too much. He was obsessed about the image of the band, and he was very exclusionary. He saw the Stones as a blues band based on Muddy Waters, Elmore James and that tradition.

I don’t think he really liked playing Chuck Berry songs. He was very purist. He was real middle class; he came from one of the most middle-class towns in England, Cheltenham, which was one of the most genteel towns in the most genteel area of England. So his whole outlook and upbringing was even worse in the gentility fashion than mine.

What did he have talent for?

He was a guitar player, and he also diverted his talent on other instruments. His original instrument was the clarinet. So he played harmonica because he was familiar with wind instruments.

Did he give the band a sound?

Yes. He played the slide guitar at a time when no one really played it. He played in the style of Elmore James, and he had this very lyrical touch. He evolved into more of an experimental musician, but he lost touch with the guitar, and always as a musician you must have one thing you do well. He dabbled too much.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 6 September 2021 12:18 (two years ago) link

I watched this over the weekend, pretty low-budget (no licensed music but I'd imagine they wouldn't have done it for any price), anyway some good stuff here and there (great stuff from Sam Cutler, who stole the show in the 4-part Grateful Dead doc on Prime)

was fairly standard at the end, they definitely didn't shy away from having people talk about how intolerable he could be

the last 20 minutes gets a little wild, they go deep into a "Brian was murdered" conspiracy thing -- not by Mick and Keith as the old rumor goes, but by either this manager/hanger-on/mob ties dude who was living there w/Brian or these workmen who had been doing construction on the house and not been paid

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 19:34 (two years ago) link

Something i've always struggled to understand about this guy was that everybody said, oh, he was the most concerned about the Stones being a real blues band. Elmore James, slide guitar, etc. And I've seen interviews where Jones says stuff like this i.e. 'we were the most authentic blues band in Soho.' And on the other hand, he was clearly responsible for the poppy AND the avant-garde end of their early/middle phases. As others have said, once he goes, all that stuff goes and the Stones become more of a bar-rock blues machine.

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 7 September 2021 19:42 (two years ago) link

yeah that is a weird dichotomy

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 19:45 (two years ago) link

Jones' peak in the band coincided with the Beatles' own studio experiments, which also kinda ceased after 1968. I wonder if The Band, Clapton, John Wesley Harding, etc. redeemed the quest for authenticity.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 19:47 (two years ago) link

^ Was gonna say, Brian Jones’ trajectory mirrored George Harrison’s, they both more or less gave up guitar in 1967 for exotica, but later came back to it after they’d heard The Band and CCR

Josefa, Tuesday, 7 September 2021 19:51 (two years ago) link

The History of Rock Music in 500 Songs podcast recently had an episode which had a fair bit about Jones and some awful shit he did.

There's a transcript on the page, it's the last four or five paragraphs which are relevant here.

fc_TEFH28mo (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 20:04 (two years ago) link

holy shit

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 20:06 (two years ago) link

ugh wow, i'd always heard oblique references and rumors... but wow. even if that's not 100% accurate that is still horrifying.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 20:20 (two years ago) link

A Nico biography from several years ago had similar stories.

Halfway there but for you, Tuesday, 7 September 2021 20:22 (two years ago) link

jesus that's horrific

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 20:24 (two years ago) link

The only competition in the Elegant Dirtbag department was Alain Delon.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 20:40 (two years ago) link

yeah, that's fucking terrible. and it makes you think about what they didn't know about, or didn't act on.

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 7 September 2021 20:50 (two years ago) link

it is consistent among the women who ever had any interaction with him … there are zero stories about him being anything less than awful as his drug use increased. he was unpleasant early on, but as time wore on (forgive the glib cliche) the sadistic violence became a feature, not a bug.

keith and mick arent making up stories about brian to make themselves feel better about kicking him out of the band. it’s not jealous propaganda because he was more talented & or theyre annoyed that he’s the rolling stone that everyone thinks they like the best because he was “interesting”.
they saw what everyone close to him saw.

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 20:58 (two years ago) link

In that Rolling Stone I excerpted, Jagger makes it clear he didn't much like him.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 20:59 (two years ago) link

Makes sense Genesis P-Orridge would relate to him.

Derek and Clive Get the Horn Street (Boring, Maryland), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 22:03 (two years ago) link

The History of Rock Music in 500 Songs podcast recently had an episode which had a fair bit about Jones and some awful shit he did.🕸/

There's a transcript on the page, it's the last four or five paragraphs which are relevant here.

This seems like a pretty good podcast. I’m listening to the one on Elvis’ “mystery train” and enjoying

calstars, Wednesday, 8 September 2021 02:36 (two years ago) link

I listened to the one on The Yardbirds' "For Your Love" and learned some things I'd never heard before. Subscribed.

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 8 September 2021 07:44 (two years ago) link

urgh that Brian Jones story... I never liked him in general, I always found him lame and creepy, and regarding their music, I much prefer the Beggars/Exile years to the early years (although I enjoy some tracks).
But thanks for the podcast : it seems great indeed !

AlXTC from Paris, Wednesday, 8 September 2021 09:48 (two years ago) link

Glad you all like 500 Songs, thought Andrew was ILM-adjacent, even if I've never seen him on here he seems to be in the same circles on Twitter.

fc_TEFH28mo (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 8 September 2021 10:46 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

You can thank him to recorder on Rub yTuesday!


He is popping up mischevioiusly everywhere playing odd instruments!

| (Latham Green), Monday, 5 December 2022 20:44 (eleven months ago) link

eleven months pass...

Saw this (theatre) this afternoon:

Some good footage of '64-65 hysteria (e.g., a riot at an Australian airport), but don't know that I learned a whole lot I didn't more or less already know. Only the second or third Nick Broomfield film I've seen (saw his Sarah Palin film for sure; maybe one other?). His manner is so annoying--thankfully not much of him here, although he starts with an odd introduction to the film, some of which is repeated in the film proper.

clemenza, Sunday, 19 November 2023 20:01 (one week ago) link

igh i think i’ll pass
i cannot stand Broomfield

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 19 November 2023 20:21 (one week ago) link

I hear you. (I think he does too--probably no more than five minutes of him in voiceover.)

clemenza, Sunday, 19 November 2023 20:28 (one week ago) link

even if he was never on camera, at this point even his mere existence annoys the shit out of me

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 19 November 2023 21:48 (one week ago) link

The amount of time given to Bill Wyman will be a big problem for some people (10-15 minutes). He plays some old stuff of his computer, points out (with delight and amazement) Jones's contribution. As someone who, as much as humanly possible, tuned out on the Rolling Stones 35 years ago, I was kind of shocked by something that wouldn't surprise anyone who continued to pay attention: this old grey-haired man is Bill Wyman? The version of him that I carry in my head goes back to 1975.

clemenza, Monday, 20 November 2023 20:44 (one week ago) link

Here's Bill from a couple of days ago, signing for fans at a modest table-for-one in a specialty foods grocery store (the baked goods counter seems to be behind him):

Love it though, he really doesn't miss the life the Stones are leading now.

birdistheword, Monday, 20 November 2023 22:30 (one week ago) link

A Wyman clip from the film:

clemenza, Saturday, 25 November 2023 16:56 (six days ago) link

I'm pretty sure I've seen that guy playing euchre at the community center in town.

clemenza, Saturday, 25 November 2023 16:59 (six days ago) link

It's funny how his desk looks exactly like my parents' desk, from the printer he's using to the small department store picture frames to the small office supply holder with the standard orange-handle scissors. (FWIW, my parents hate rock music and never took part in that side of the culture.)

birdistheword, Saturday, 25 November 2023 20:22 (six days ago) link

Looks like a nice friendly old paedophile.

How old Cary Grant? (Tom D.), Saturday, 25 November 2023 22:11 (six days ago) link

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