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Sunday, October 22, 2023

One of Tim Leary's favorite bands is still around


It is weird to realize that the Rolling Stones are still around and still have the two core members, Mick Jagger, 80, and Keith Richards, 79; Ron Wood, 76, has been the band's second guitarist since 1975. The Beatles may be long gone, but somehow the Stones, who formed in 1962 and put out their first single in 1963, not only still exist but have issued a new studio album, Hackney Diamonds, which I've been listening to. 

It's not a replacement for your favorite Stones album, but it's a pretty decent album. If it gives you an idea of my tastes, Sticky Fingers is probably my favorite; I do like Blue and Lonesome, the 2016 blues cover album; Tattoo You, from back in 1981, was the last previous studio album I liked. 

Oz Fritz, in his review of Joanna Harcourt-Smith's memoir, Tripping the Bardo with Timothy Leary, records the couple's fondness for the Stones: "Joanna and Timothy met and got together largely as a result of being separately drawn into the Rolling Stones orbit when the Stones were working in France recording Exile On Main Street.  Leary, at that time, was THE exile on main street along with the Stones.  The opening lyrics of the first song, Rocks Off go: "I hear you talking when you're on the street, your mouth don't move but I can hear you speak."  Leary was known to demonstrate remarkable telepathic abilities at different times several examples of which you'll find in this book."

Below is a "Visionary Portrait of Timothy Leary" I found on X today, from Nuwan Shilka, a psychedelic artist from Sri Lanka. 


Oz Fritz said...

A bit of a synch: Timothy Leary stars in the new Lion of Light discussion group post which goes up today.

I'm a bit of a Stones superfan. I haven't heard most of Hackney Diamonds yet, the cd is on it's way. I followed all the release news and saw clips of their club performance on Friday. Their albums you mentioned are among my favorites along with Beggars Banquet, Exile On Main Street and Let It Bleed.

Eric Wagner said...

I loved Mick appearance on SNL yesterday.

Rarebit Fiend said...

Unsurprisingly, my favorite albulm is /i/Their Satanic Majesties Request/i/. I do love "Rocks Off." I only listened to the first couple tracks in the shower while getting ready, I should sit down and give it a full-attention listen.