Sunday, December 28, 2014

When the whip comes down

Here's a little slice of rock & roll from the wayback machine. The whip comes down around the 17 minute mark.

What's noteworthy about this recording is how ahead of the times the Stones were in some respects.

"I was gay in New York, a fag in L.A." were not lyrics that dropped easily from the lips of the big rock stars of the era, no matter how gay or faggy they might have been off stage.

That queer-friendly thumbs up by rock icons helped ease the path for a lot of regular folks to reconsider their approach to the queer brother, sister, nephew, niece, friend, hiding out in the family tree.

And that's a good thing.

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