Do you know Miles Marshall Lewis? He's a really talented writer and music journalist. Originally from the Bronx, he now lives in Paris, France, but still manages to lob a healthy amount of pieces across the water to The Village Voice and a host of other publications. His 33-1/3 book on Sly and The Family Stone's There's a Riot Going On is definitely worth checking out.
Anyway, here's some of what he had to say about being a black Rolling Stones fan:
I wasn’t aware how much of a race-man I’ve been my whole life till I
moved to France, where the blending of black and white is a lot less
self-conscious. Case in point: I like the Rolling Stones – I’m not their
biggest fan or anything, but fuck it, I can name at least 15 great
songs by them – and yet a slew of racial touchstones went through my
head last week watching Martin Scorsese’s Shine a Light concert film of the Stones. Stuff like:
- Oh… isn’t it interesting that Mick Jagger doesn’t sing that line
anymore from “Some Girls” about how “black girls just want to get fucked
all night”? The song is in the film, but I guess that lyric is
politically incorrect circa 2008.
- And yet on “Far Away Eyes,” he still jokes about the “preacher
on the colored radio station” without being embarrassed.
Read the rest of his list here.