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

Stanley Booth

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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Stanley Booth on the Rolling Stones

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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.

Vulnicura Björk

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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.

Tetsuo & Youth Lupe Fiasco

Tetsuo & Youth

Chicagorapper 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.

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