The Rolling Stones Are 50!!!!

My how time flies.  Fifty years ago this month The Rolling Stones started up and rock and roll was never the same.  If Elvis and then the Beatles made your parents nervous, the Stones gave them nightmares and convinced them it was time to lock up the women and children.  The Stones had an image of living on the edge and many of us from their generation wanted to join them.  Their music was the vehicle to take us there.

After almost twenty-five years of making music and despite their influence on rock and roll, and number one records and sold out concerts the band had never won a Grammy.  In 1986 the Grammys tried to makeup for that failure by giving them a Lifetime Achievement award.  I went to London to interview the band about the honor for the Today Show.  Mick jagger, Keith Richards, and Bill Wyman seemed to all have slightly different takes on whether or not it was in fact an honor.

Since this is the fiftieth anniversary of the band and there is some uncertainty as to whether or not they will ever tour again, I though it would be a good time to post this old Today Show story.  In it there’s a small taste of how Mick and Keith don’t always see eye to eye.  Their answers to my questions also show an honesty that not all celebrities are willing to reveal.  I think that same attitude was present in their music, which helped make it so successful.  It certainly made interviewing the guys a fun experience.

Setting the Table

Setting a proper formal table. People were paying good money for these lessons in NYC when I did this story in the early 90′s. I just didn’t think the information would be of any practical use for the average family with young kids. But to test my concerns I tried to share my newly learned skills with my children, Erica and Taylor.

Using my kids as props in a short satire piece is probably just another in a long list of parenting choices that has weakened their commitment to following rules and regulations, and eroded their willingness to submit whole heartedly to the voices of authority.  Oh well, on the positive side their childhood experiences should provide more than enough material if they want to write one of those “Daddy Dearest” books. It will be story of all the things our dad made us do that kept us from having a normal childhood, like when he made us go on trips where we had to sleep on the ground and carry our own toilet paper, and then tried to tell us it was a vacation.