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the pirate king of rock & roll going sober?

January 26, 2010

There’s been a lot of to-do lately about Keith Richards going sober. (This op-ed in The Guardian was particularly entertaining.) I have to admit there is something strangely deflating about knowing that the Swashbuckling King of the Rock & Roll Lifestyle may be sipping a Coca-Cola on stage when next we see him. But let’s be real here people, the man’s blood is permanently at least 70% alcohol. And whether or not he’s drinking, he’s still more of a badass at 66 than any young rocker could ever hope to be. I remember reading Eric Clapton’s autobiography and feeling the same odd deflation when he finally gets on the wagon. How strange it is that we actually want our heroes to be self-destructive. Maybe it’s because they are living a life of romantic extremes, becoming characters rather than being accepted as the same flawed human beings that we all are. My hat’s off to you Keith, despite your seeming indestructability I’d much rather have you around for another 30 years than have the silent satisfaction of knowing that somewhere out there you’ve got a drink in your hand…

musicnotesGet your inner rock pirate on by listening to Keith absolutely slay on “You Got The Silver” from 2008’s Shine a Light performance at the Beacon Theater. Added bonus: Ron Wood on slide guitar.

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  1. Eric Lin permalink
    January 26, 2010 8:32 pm

    I’ve thought about this a lot, especially in the context of Amy Winehouse. She is a throwback to another era when rock stars cared nothing of their reputations and simply embraced the incredible license to do whatever you want given to musicians above all others. At the same time it is sad to see her degeneration, and there is something very different about that than how I feel about the toxic twins or the Stones. It’s more like how I felt about Scott Wayland there is too much sympathy rolled into my emotions for it to accomplish for me the release of living vicariously through the self-destructive and insanely sociopathic behavior of rock stars. Anyway, congrats Keith, may you live a hundred more years.

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