Re: Sir Michael Philip Jagger turns 70
posted at 7/26/2013 3:59 PM EDT
In response to jesseyeric's comment:
Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll - it has helped as many as it has hurt.
Still don;t like Mick.
Took myself a small vacation, kind of on investigation. Checking out a new sensation, finding much invigoration. Hand is on the buzzer and i'm walking through the door.
Get high - high - high on a new thing.
I find more and more, as I read more about them , that I don't really "like" many Rockers very much as human beings.
Oddly enough, some of the ones we thought were okay 40 years ago turn out to be rotten ( Ted Nugent). And....the more I read about Alice Cooper , the more I think he was one of the best fakeout artists ever. He turns out to be really so different from the stage Alice. Actually has morals.
As for Mick, well...I tend to agree with you jess. Although, it's really hard to be judgemental if you've never met a guy. But, I think alot of the traits that make him unlikeable to you and I also are the same traits that make him a great stage persona and possibly the most dynamic frontman ever.
You have to laugh at the antics of guys like Keith Moon. But, while his drinking and lifestyle were wild, look where it got him...and do you really think you would have wanted him as a friend or family member?...do you think he would ever be sober enough to be useful during a crisis?
I could go on and on, as I have read many Rock books, biographies, autobiographies and "history of" books. Many of them do not paint a flattering picture of most of your favorites ( John Lennon) and many of your non-favorites ( Jim Morrison).
I find as time goes on my impression of many of these rockers changes a bit. I have become a huge fan of John Lydon the man, who seems so unlike Johnny Rotten , the punk. As I read and view interviews , I find he is a much, much deeper and more intelligent person than he was ever thought to be. Ditto, Elvis Costello and Graham Parker , who were originally sold as the New Wave era's "angry young men" , while brilliant songwriters and performers, they also seem to be pretty smart guys and maybe not as angry as the rockers they are on stage.