Tag: The Rolling Stones

And now we’re stuck with him: Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, and The Jazzy Soul of Rock and Roll


Even for a band that has suffered more ups and downs than ten others combined in its 59 years, this has been an exceptionally difficult few days for The Rolling Stones, maybe the most difficult. On Tuesday, their drummer, Charlie Watts, passed away at the age of 80. There has been an outpouring of tributes for him, and support for his bandmates and family, and doubtless, there will continue to be scads of well-deserved writing dedicated to his abilities, offbeat personality, and place in music history. I’d like to do something a little different here. One of the rarest and most precious things in music is an enduring partnership, particularly one where the participants like each other as much as the notes they play five or fifty years on. Keith Richards and Charlie Watts, two men who couldn’t appear more opposite, had that, and made the world a better, more swinging place with it. 

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As some of you may know, I was a huge fan of the Rolling Stones.  They were part of my adolescence and beyond.  Sad day: Their great drummer, Charlie Watts, passed away and with it part of my youth.  The Stones are not known for being reserved, but not Charlie.  He did not dress rock-n-roll […]

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‘Yesterday’: A Cute Beatles Fairy Tale You Shouldn’t Think Too Much About


Yesterday is really two movies, one better than the other.

The better movie in Yesterday, the latest by director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire), with a script by Richard Curtis (Love Actually), is a light, cute, modern fairy tale that assumes one’s love of the Beatles* (yes, this movie could not get more British). It presents a simple yet striking what-if: Jack** Malik (Himesh Patel), a struggling, mediocre musician, suddenly enters a world that resembles our own in (almost) every way but one: Only he remembers The Beatles.*** Through a series of convenient but credibly implausible circumstances, he then rides this newfound knowledge to astronomical success, doling out hit after hit seemingly from divine inspiration to all around him, while only he (?) knows the truth.

Yesterday hits all the classic beats of the rise-to-fame morality tale. Success soon forces Jack to abandon his friends and family in England. Most important of all these to him is Ellie Appleton (Lily James), a teacher, his part-time manager while he was still playing at bars and empty tents at music festivals, and–much to his dismay–not quite his love interest. Meanwhile, he struggles to maintain his integrity against the wages of commercialism in the music industry, embodied with enthusiastic cynicism by Kate McKinnon, playing a cutthroat record executive.