Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Rock and Politic through the Rolling Stones - Sympathy for the Devil

San Diego, December 5th, 2006

The video in an incredible concentrate of everything Rolling Stones at the end of the 60's (watch the people in the crowd).
The title is "Sympathy for the Devil", the security at the free Altamont concert (300.000 people called at the last minute to this place) is handled by the "Hell's Angels" and the concert turned out to be such a mess that it ended up with 4 dead (one being briefly seen killed by a Hell's Angels' knife just in front of the stage later during the concert) , only to be balanced by 4 births....
Regarding the song itself, the lyrics are a "brief history of some of the most notable atrocities committed by man against man, including The Hundred Years War (I watched with glee while your Kings and Queens fought for ten decades for the Gods they made), the October Revolution (I stuck around St. Petersburg when I saw it was a time for a change, killed the Czar and his ministers), and World War II (I rode a tank, held a gen'ral's rank while the blitzkrieg raged, and the bodies stank). In that light, the song would appear to be a criticism of the immorality in Western Civilization perceived by the songwriter.
In addition to the very idea of a sympathetic view of the Devil, the lyrics include references to the deaths of John and Robert Kennedy (the latter having occurred only months before the album was released). The song may have been spared further controversy when the first single from the album, "Street Fighting Man" became even more controversial in the wake of the race riots occurring in many cities in the U.S. The line 'Hope you guess my name' is thought to pertain to the fairy tale Rumplestiltskin, who gives the main character three days to guess his name or he'll take her baby."

The Stones have been here longer than the Clash, they were playing in Los Angeles last week, still managing to distilate their magical touch over the years.


  1. Seems such a long time ago yet so near. The Stones always managed to write songs containing more than a hint of malice in the lyrics. Paint It, Black, 19th Nervous Breakdown and Jumping Jack Flash were all written previous to Sympathy.

    What a band though, and still out there cutting it LIVE.

  2. Désolé, mais c'est juste un message perso.


    On s'amuse toujours autant sur le monde je vois....

    Bon, personne ne vous a repris sur le fil et moi je ne veux pas m'abonner au monde pour vous corriger :

    La monnaie est AUSSI soumise à l'offre et la demande. Donc si l'Iran passe à l'euro, les autres pays devront d'abord acheter des euros avant de pouvoir acheter du pétrole iranien. Donc le dollars est moins demandé d'ou sa perte de valeur dont le sous jacent est l'économie américaine... . Bref, un effet de levier non négligeable qui affecte aussi les bons du trésor chinois et japonais. Et si on raisonne en réserve pétrolière et gazière (irannienne), ça fait un paquet de pognon "de réseverve" !?
    Tous les responsable économique us diront officiellement "pas de problème !". C'est pour mieux caché le désarroi et l'IMPUISSANCE d'une telle décision prise contre eux.

    Bon, ça couterait très cher de faire ceci pour l'Iran, mais c'est un pays en guerre et quand on est en guerre, aucun sacrifice n'est superflu.

    Aller, amusez-vous bien sur le forum du monde. Moi je ris encore plus en lisant vos commentaires un peu à coté de la plaque quand même, mais de bonne foi. Belle effort :)

  3. Réponse au commentaire perso;
    Oui la monnaie est aussi soumise à l'offre et à la demande, merci de me l'apprendre.
    Comme déjà dit, la Chine dispose d'un levier de 1.000 milliards de $ contre un levier estimé à 40 milliards de $ pour les pays de l'OPEP ou pour l'Iran seul, l'info n'est pas très claire.