i have a thing for
the (rolling) stones in 1960's
it's the kind of thing that is
like a recurring cold
you just cannot shake off
i am renting godard (jean luc)'s "one plus one"
first time to view the film on dvd
gives me so much details
(the color of
charlie watts' jacket lining!)
(for those who aren't that stones savvy,
the film captures the band in studio recording the song " sympathy for the devil")
this special re-issue version
also comes with godard's interview
where he uses the word "art" much too many times
(i've had my fill. ear-full)
and some "making of" footages
so the stones in the 60's
up until, say, the altamont incident
appears to be, to my eyes,
more of a social phenomenon than just a musical group
and a very intense theater of human interactions,
played up maybe but remained very real throughout the decade
i am probably too much of an unsophisticated thinker to
what godard was after, and as an art-dim ape i'd say,
the film's seeming intent appears to me as
bright contrast to the
distinctive quality of the band members' presence: timeless and real
they speak it all without saying it
just a point of view from an ape,
art-dim and biased
one more ape-nion:
so the time was 1968, almost everyone in the film,
actors and non-actors alike,
sporting the "hip" attire but
as i muttered on my post the other day,
on some/ many, i don't see the connection between
their inside and the garment donned
inside/ out connection-wise,
maestro godard's "look"
(that resembles a drunken office worker, absolutely not "1968")
seems more "hip" to my eyes
style is a language of its own
speak your truth and you may get through to
some art-dim apes seekin "real"
in an out-of-print book called
(©1972 Amsco Music Publishing Company)
there's an article called "An Interview With Mick Jagger"
by Jonathan Cott/ Sue Cox (1968)
---excerpt from the book---
What is "One Plus One" about?
I have no idea really. I know he's shooting with color film used by astronauts when re-entering the earth's atmosphere. I mean he's completely freaky. I think the idea for the movie is great but I don't think it will be the same when it is finished.
What is the idea Godard has told you?
Well it's his [Godard's] wife who plays the lead chick. She comes to London and gets totally destroyed with some spade cat. Gets involved with drugs or something. Anyway, while she is getting destroyed we find the Rolling Stones freaking out at the recording studiomaking these sounds.
Godard happened to catch us on two very good nights. He might have come every night for two weeks and just seen us looking at each other with blank faces and it would have been the same side of the coin as the chick destroying herself and us sitting there looking bored. One night he got us going over and over this song called 'Sympathy For The Devil.' It started out as a folky thing like 'Jigsaw Puzzle' but that didn't make it so we kept going over it and changing it until it finally comes out as a samba. So Godard has the whole thing from beginning to end.
That's something I've always wanted to do on film. It's probably very boring to most people but when he finished cutting it, it will be great.
---end of excerpt---
i am gonna quote from a book
that has been near and dear to me for
many many years
"The True Adventure of the Rolling Stones"
©1984, 2000 by Stanley Booth
the auther toured with the band in 1969
then ignoring the convention,
wrote about everybody involved/ in his life
with equal importance+weight
while taking his time-nearly 1.5 decade!!-completing the task
"I had left Tulane and was in Memphis, working for the Tennessee Department of Public Welfare, an outfit that confirmed every fear I'd ever had about the social system. I would come out of a house that stank with the ammonia smell of poverty, start my car, turn on the radio -there was interesting music on the car radio for the first time since 1957- hear the Beatles or the Supremes and have to turn the radio off. The happiness of popular music was unbearable at such times, but I could always listen to the Stones. I sensed the strong blues truth that underlay their music."
at times when i couldn't bear reading anything,
i could still open this book and feel at home...
the books i talked about and do recommend
(far right, the japanese version of the "rolling stones" book, an almost real-time purchase, very good-hip-translation job)
cut me some slack on a bad lighting
i a m g e t t i n g s l e e p y