Stanley Booth

The True Adventures of The Rolling Stones & Opinions on Lupe Fiasco and Bjork

Last month marked the 45th anniversary of the Rolling Stones' notorious gig at the Altamont Speedway. Stanley Booth was there to witness it, and he literally wrote the book on it. Plus, we've got new albums from Bjork and Lupe Fiasco.

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Sam Smith and Tom Petty: two names you wouldn‘t normally put together are in the news this week because the Brit’s Grammy-nominated smash hit "Stay With Me" apparently shares some similarities with Petty's "I Won't Back Down." The Petty camp reached out to Smith's camp and settled the dispute by giving Petty and co-writer Jeff Lynne a song writing credit. But they shouldn't expect a trophy next week, says the Recording Academy.


Stanley Booth on the Rolling Stones


In 1969 music writer Stanley Booth somehow talked his way onboard the Rolling Stones' famous American tour ending at the Altamont Speedway. And he didn't just live to tell the tale, he wrote the book on it. The True Adventures Of the Rolling Stones has just been re-released on its 30th anniversary. Stanley recounts the events at Altamont which ended in the death of concertgoer Meredith Hunter at the hands of a Hells Angel. This was documented in Albert and David Maysles' concert film Gimme Shelter. Stanley also shares his impressions of the individual Stones, with this tour occuring at the height of the band's fame (and infamy). After initially bonding over a shared love of the blues, the writer developed deep friendships with Mick, Keith and the gang. But, he shares, his favorite Stone will always be Shirley Watts.

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Björk Vulnicura

After experimenting with various multimedia projects, Icelandic avant-garde powerhouse Björk is once again focused squarely on songwriting. Her new album Vulnicura is a heartbreak album, candidly addressing the end of her relationship with artist Matthew Barney. Greg loves how she finds universal themes within her personal struggles. As always, Björk uses brilliantly unconventional beats, augmented now by beautiful string melodies. Jim misses the poppier vocal style of her early albums, but still finds it her best effort in a decade. Both critics give Vulnicura a Buy It.

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Lupe Fiasco Tetsuo & Youth

Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco was written off by some after battling his label for years and earning notoriety for his outspokenness on Twitter. According to rumor, it even took threats from hackers for his new album to be released. But according to Jim, Tetsuo & Youth is Lupe at his lyrical best. The deft pop culture references are wonderful, of course. But ultimately it's the tragic evocation of life in poor black communities that moves Jim to tears. According to Greg, the density and poetry of Lupe's rhymes is matched by the adventurousness of the music, filled with unconventional jazzy rhythms. He calls it the rapper's best work since his debut. That makes it a double double-Buy It in a single episode.


Featured Songs

  1. Sam Smith, Stay with Me, Stay with Me (Single), Capitol, 2014
  2. Tom Petty, I Won't Back Down, Full Moon Fever, MCA, 1989
  3. The Rolling Stones, Gimme Shelter, Let It Bleed, London, 1969
  4. The Rolling Stones, No Expectations, Beggars Banquet, London, 1968
  5. The Rolling Stones, Under My Thumb (Live at Altamont), Gimme Shelter (1970 film), N/A, 1970
  6. The Rolling Stones, Street Fighting Man, ‘Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out!': The 1. Rolling Stones in Concert, London, 1970
  7. The Rolling Stones, Jumpin' Jack Flash, ‘Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out!': The Rolling Stones in Concert, London, 1970
  8. The Rolling Stones, Around and Around, 12 X 5, London, 1964
  9. The Rolling Stones, Honky Tonk Women, ‘Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out!': The Rolling Stones in Concert, London, 1970
  10. The Rolling Stones, You Gotta Move, Sticky Fingers, Rolling Stones, 1971
  11. The Rolling Stones, You Got the Silver, Let It Bleed, London, 1969
  12. The Rolling Stones, Under My Thumb, Hot Rocks 1964-1971, London, 1971
  13. The Rolling Stones, Sympathy for the Devil, ‘Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out!': The Rolling Stones in Concert, London, 1970
  14. The Rolling Stones, Wild Horses, Stripped, Virgin, 1995
  15. The Rolling Stones, Brown Sugar, Sticky Fingers, Rolling Stones, 1971
  16. The Rolling Stones, Wild Horses, Sticky Fingers, Rolling Stones, 1971
  17. Bjork, Family, Vulnicura, One Little Indian, 2015
  18. Bjork feat. Antony Hegarty, Atom Dance, Vulnicura, One Little Indian, 2015
  19. Lupe Fiasco, Mural, Tetsuo & Youth, Atlantic Records, 2015
  20. Lupe Fiasco, Deliver, Tetsuo & Youth, Atlantic Records, 2015
  21. Emitt Rhodes, With My Face on the Floor, Emitt Rhodes, Dunhill Records, 1970
  22. Jim Croce, Operator (That's Not the Way It Feels), You Don't Mess Around With Jim, ABC, 1972
  23. Loretta Lynn with Jack White, Portland, Oregon, Van Lear Rose, Interscope, 2004
  24. Bette Midler with Bob Dylan, Buckets of Rain, Songs for the New Depression, Atlantic, 1976
  25. Daniel Johnston, Fish, Fear Yourself, Gammon, 2003
  26. Sleater-Kinney, No Cities to Love, No Cities to Love, Sub Pop, 2015

Footnotes Sam Smith vs. Tom Petty Compare the tracks No Grammy for Petty Stanley Booth The Rolling Stones The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones Gimme Shelter The Stones' 1969 Tour Björk Greg's Björk review Lupe Fiasco Lupe Fiasco on Sound Opinions