July 30, 2000 |
On most movie sets, it's the star actors who are the center of attention, the ones toward whom all eyes discreetly turn when they walk onto the set. They're usually the subject of cast and crew gossip and speculation, of whispered conversations behind hands. It's rare to find a film where a producer is the focus of such intrigue. But then, it's rare to find a film producer who's also arguably the most charismatic rock star of the last four decades.
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March 10, 1999 |
You may recall that I mentioned discovering that the city of Los Angeles had 10 bank accounts totaling more than $4,000 on the "unclaimed property" Web site of the secretary of state's office. Well, Tammie Haller of Redondo Beach explored the site and found two unclaimed accounts for Mick Jagger, each containing small payments from Walt Disney. Wait till those right-wing religious critics of Disney learn that the company has a relationship with Mick (not to be confused with Mickey!).
February 13, 1999 |
With rock and youth so intertwined, folks have been speculating for two decades that each successive Stones tour could just be the last time. Such uncertainty is probably good for ticket sales, but the band's second of two nights at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim on Thursday only ratified what Tuesday's show shouted: The Stones will be viable as long as they desire to be. And that desire appears to be flowing strongly enough to carry them well into the next millennium.
April 22, 1998 |
Squeezing decades of rock 'n' roll into a two- or three-hour revue is one daunting task. It has become a habit, though, for music buff and college professor Paul Frizler. The chair of Chapman University's English department has been staging rock 'n' roll revues since the mid-'70s. His latest incarnation, "The Story of Rock 'n' Roll," opened last week and continues Friday through Sunday at the university in Orange.
November 3, 1995 |
The sounds produced by the Master Musicians of Jajouka are gripping, hypnotic, trance-like. Long, flowing, melodies played on a swarm of oboe-like ghaitas to the accompaniment of persistent, nasally drones and surging waves of rhythm from two-headed drums. It is music that moves past the intellect, directly into the emotions, music that fully justifies Mick Jagger's description of the Moroccan ensemble as "one of the most musically inspiring groups still left on the planet."
March 15, 1995 |
In the latest instance of entertainment industry superstars joining forces to form filmmaking ventures, rock icon Mick Jagger and "Forrest Gump" co-producer Steve Tisch have formed a production company. The leader of the World's Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band closed the deal with one of the key players behind the best picture nominee two weeks ago. A few days earlier, Jagger's company, Jagged Films, set up shop in Tisch's Culver City offices.
August 3, 1994 |
The Rolling Stones had to wait 30 years for bassist Bill Wyman to finally retire, but his replacement didn't happen a tour too soon. At RFK Stadium on Monday night, with new bassist Darryl Jones, Mick Jagger and company kicked off the "Voodoo Lounge" world expedition playing harder, faster and with a better bottom than they've had in years. How many other grandfathers can say the same?
July 10, 1994 |
With most rock bands, there is a single party line when it comes to interviews--as if every member sits down ahead of time and agrees on how to tell the story. With the Rolling Stones, however, there is usually the Mick Jagger line and the Keith Richards line. In the mid- and late '80s, when there were tensions between Jagger and Richards over the future of the band, you could understand how these two old chums saw things differently.
September 26, 1993 |
Given all the years of disdain here for American rock, it's easy to assume that the teen-ager at the checkout counter of the massive Tower Records store at Piccadilly Circus is a tourist. He's wearing a Nirvana T-shirt and buying cassettes by two other American bands--Alice in Chains and Soul Asylum. But the 18-year-old's Cockney accent tells you that he's not an American visitor. "I love American bands," he says when asked about his musical tastes--and he goes on to name several other U.S. groups as favorites, from Guns N' Roses to Smashing Pumpkins.