From their commanding role in the so-called British Invasion of the
early 1960s to their status as the elder statesmen (and British
Knight) of rock and roll, the Stones have become more than an
evanescent phenomenon in pop culture. They have become a touchstone
not only for the history of our times--their performance at the
Altamont Raceway marked the "end of the sixties," while their 1990
concert in Prague helped Czechoslovakia and other eastern bloc
nations celebrate their newfound freedom (and satisfaction) out
from under Moscow's thumb. Because of their longevity, the music
and career of the Stones--much more than The Beatles--stand as
touchstones in the personal lives of even casual Stones fans.
Everyone of a certain age remembers the Stones on Ed Sullivan, the
death of founder Brian Jones, their favorite songs, concerts, or
videos, and their stance in the classic "Beatles versus Stones"
debates. In the wake of Keith Richards's bestselling autobiography,
"Life" (2010), many are now reliving these events and decades from
the viewpoint of the band's endearing and seemingly death-defying
The chapters in "The Rolling Stones and Philosophy" celebrate the
Stones' place in our lives by digging into the controversies, the
symbols, and meanings the band and its songs have for so many. What
might you mean (and what did Mick mean) by "sympathy for the
Devil"? Did the Stones share any of the blame for the deaths at
Altamont, as critic Lester Bangs charged they did in "Rolling
Stone" magazine? What theories of ethics and personality lay behind
the good-boy image of the Beatles and the bad-boy reputation the
Stones acquired? If Keith Richards really had his blood replaced
four separate times, does that make him a zombie? How do the
Glimmer Twins help us refine our understanding of friendship?
Written by a dozen philosophers and scholars who adore the Rolling
Stones not only for their music, this book will become required
reading for anyone seeking maximum satisfaction from "the world's
greatest rock and roll band."
Open Court Publishing Company
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||Popular Culture and Philosophy
• George Reisch
||Electronic book text - Windows
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