Late in the summer of 1968, Pope Paul had come out forcefully against the birth control pill, putting a moral crimp in the decade’s libido. London, however, was still swinging strong, and the Beatles decided — perhaps as Communist lark rather than Christian tithing — that it was truly better to give than to receive. In the August 8, 1968, issue of the Village Voice, part-time theater critic Charles Marowitz reported that the world’s most popular rock group was shuttering its Apple store (named for its record label) and giving away all of the shop’s existing stock. One mother walked in with her two children “just to windowshop and walked out with new dresses, summer suits, and other assorted goodies.” On the way out the mother said, “Give Ringo a big kiss for me.” The Voice correspondent noted, however, that not everyone was happy: “In the past few days, I have heard the Beatles maligned more viciously than they … [Read more...] about Beatles or Stones? Was 1968 the Beginning of the End of the Sixties?
Rolling stones sympathy for the devil
Just before President Donald Trump took the stage at the Civic Center in Charleston W.V. Tuesday night, the loudspeakers began blaring a song by The Rolling Stones: “Sympathy for The Devil.”As it followed The Beatles “Revolution,” and Aerosmith’s “Dream On,” I felt like I was being punked.But everything about this administration feels like a bad Saturday Night Live sketch so I can’t say I was surprised.Wednesday in a press briefing Sarah Huckabee Sanders told us she was shocked that anyone thinks Donald Trump has lied to us.She called the prospect “ridiculous.”She keeps using that term, but I’m sure it doesn’t mean what she thinks it means. The president lies. He uses songs at his rallies the artists themselves have requested he not use.But the lying and the cheating and the stealing pales in comparison to what happened to this country on Tuesday.It is unprecedented in the history of our Republic.Just a little more … [Read more...] about Sympathy for the Devil
My window seat on Air Force One was like a prison. It was late afternoon, and all day major news had threatened to come crashing down on President Donald Trump. But here we were, headed to a campaign event in West Virginia. Business as usual. As the plane throttled for takeoff, everything hit: Trump’s former campaign manager had been convicted of a felony and the president’s onetime fixer was turning against him in a campaign corruption case.Story Continued Below We were wheels up. Our phones blinked out. No Instagram-addicted teen has felt withdrawal the way I did at that moment. The rumors had started before lunch. A verdict was due any minute in the prosecution of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. And reporters in New York were picking up signs that the president’s longtime buddy, Michael Cohen, was about to betray him. Barricades had gone up outside the federal courthouse in lower Manhattan. As the threat of major news simmered, thunderclouds rolled in … [Read more...] about Inside the Trump bubble, ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ but no talk of Cohen
In the nearly fifty years since the Rolling Stones played a free outdoor concert at a racetrack in Alameda County, California, the word “Altamont” has become synonymous with the end of the 1960s, and the death of the hippie dream. On December 6, 1969, the Stones played for a crowd of over 300,000 people, with the Hells Angels serving as an ad hoc security team at the suggestion of the Grateful Dead — who would end up so cowed by the bikers’ overzealous tactics that they left the grounds without playing. The concert had been hastily arranged, and the location chosen at the very last minute; the lack of planning or foresight, combined with a deeply misguided trust in the Angels as counterculture allies, resulted in an infamously disastrous show that culminated in the death of eighteen-year-old Meredith Hunter, an African-American concertgoer who had traveled to Altamont from the Bay Area with his girlfriend and a couple friends. He would never make it back. The … [Read more...] about Altamont, the Rolling Stones, and the Death of the Sixties Dream
Prosecutors want to make sure there’s no sympathy for the devil at El Chapo’s trial. In a 106-page filing Tuesday, Brooklyn federal prosecutors argued against allowing jurors to see Sean Penn’s 2016 Rolling Stone article on the Mexican drug lord, complaining it applied an "exculpatory gloss" to Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman — and downplayed the Sinaloa Cartel leader's chilling criminal exploits. Presenting the article would "be calculated to draw sympathy from the jury and imply that their decision should be based on personal feelings about the defendant rather than the specific conduct charged, without providing a defense to the defendant's crimes,” they asserted. According to prosecutors, Guzman "systematically kidnapped, assaulted, tortured and murdered individuals who threatened the success of his drug trafficking activity." Lawyers in El Chapo trial reveal extensive juror questionnaire In Penn's controversial article, Guzman explains how he got … [Read more...] about Prosecutors in El Chapo’s trial seek to block jurors from seeing Sean Penn’s sympathetic Rolling Stone interview