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Tag: Rolling Stones

Wednesday, August 25th


Charlie Watts, drummer, June 2, 1941-August 24, 2021

Greatest rock drummer ever?

Rolling Stones, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” (M. Jagger, K. Richards), live



random sights

yesterday, Chicago

Friday, April 24th

what’s new

Rolling Stones, “Living in a Ghost Town,” 4/23/20




random sights

other day, Chicago


reading table

Ghost I house
In this flat—
Your outpost—
My aftermath

—Samuel Menashe (1925-2011), “Here”

Friday, August 2nd

World’s greatest Rolling Stones tribute band?

Rolling Stones, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (M. Jagger, K. Richards), live, New York, last night


Monday, July 1st

summer in the city

Rolling Stones, “Street Fighting Man” (M. Jagger, K. Richards), live, Chicago, 6/21/19


Saturday, June 29th

summer in the city

As long as Charlie keeps playing drums, I’ll keep listening. He’s the oldest of the bunch and the only one who doesn’t dye his hair. And he’s the only one who sounds as good today as he did decades ago.

Rolling Stones, “Miss You” (M. Jagger, K. Richards), live, Chicago, 6/25/19


Thursday, June 14th


Patti Smith, “Paint It Black” (aka “Paint It, Black”; M. Jagger, K. Richards), live, Manchester, England, 6/5/18 (The Stones were also in Manchester that night, playing a stadium show.)


Friday, June 8th

what’s new

Rolling Stones, “Like a Rolling Stone” (B. Dylan), live, England (Coventry), 6/2/18



reading table

The Death Deal
by Ron Padgett (1942-)

Ever since that moment
when it first occurred
to me that I would die
(like everyone on earth!)
I struggled against
this eventuality, but
never thought of
how I’d die, exactly,
until around thirty
I made a mental list:
hit by car, shot
in head by random ricochet,
crushed beneath boulder,
victim of gas explosion,
head banged hard
in fall from ladder, vaporized in plane crash,
dwindling away with cancer,
and so on. I tried to think
of which I’d take
if given the choice,
and came up time
and again with He died
in his sleep.
Now that I’m officially old,
though deep inside not
old officially or otherwise,
I’m oddly almost cheered
by the thought
that I might find out
in the not too distant future.
Now for lunch.

Monday, May 21st

what’s new

Once again Charlie shows he’s the most valuable member of the band.

Rolling Stones, “Gimme Shelter,” live, Dublin, 5/17/18


Monday, December 26th

old white men

Rolling Stones, live, England (Glastonbury Festival), 2013



art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Jackson Pollock (1912-1956), Number 17A (1948)


The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through.

—Jackson Pollock

Tuesday, December 6th

two takes

“Ride ‘Em on Down”

Rolling Stones, 2016


Eddie Taylor, 1955



reading table

The announcement [that he was the president-elect’s choice to lead HUD] was delayed as Mr. Carson, who once had planned to learn to play the organ in retirement, gave himself several days to mull it over.

—Trip Gabriel, “Trump Chooses Ben Carson to Lead HUD,” New York Times, 12/5/16


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