Interesting story out of Rolling Stone (no coincidence) today. In what is most comparable with the new book being released about Jimi Hendrix’s mysterious death, Brian Jones, the Rolling Stones’ guitarist who “drowned” in 1969 at the dreadful age of 27 may not have actually drowned, but may have been (Da Da Daaaaa) Murdered. Police decided to unearth the cold case after 600 pages of documents regarding his death were given to authorities by investigative journalist Scott Jones (no relation). The story is rather interesting and is outlined in the linked article below. I don’t know why but more and more of these cases seem to be sprouting up (well 2). 60′s rock stars dead, the initial reports claiming it was most obviously drug overdoses and that is all. I believe police at the time just thought these rock stars with tons of drugs in their system did it to themselves. But, like the reports are now claiming, maybe they were wrong. Or, it could just be the curse of the forever 27 club always needs to take the musicians, whether it be by murder or by self-harm.
Check it out: http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2009/08/31/police-to-review-1969-death-of-rolling-stones-brian-jones/
I also have for you an awesome video of John Darnielle (of The Mountain Goats) performing “Surrounded” at Steven Page’s songwriter panel on Ships and Dip V. Great video from the crumbling marriage lyric master
The song of the day today shall revolve around what is playing from my favorites list on my IHome. After exploring the wild world of Shakespeare for my Shakespeare class I decided to take a quick look over at Sparknotes just to make sure I understood what I had just read from “The Merchant of Venice.” During my check a beautiful piano riff started playing in the background. Best comparable with a classical melody with depressing lyrics, Ben Folds’ 1:40 second long ode to Fred Jones and his wife is a perfect example of haunting beauty.
The song, which mentions Fred Jones and his screaming wife, was inspired by a newspaper cut-out that wrote of an unhappy husband who wanted to divorce his wife with a brain tumor because he claimed she was not the same person he married. Folds’ ability to approach such unsavory topics like unhappy marriages in a quick song over the beauty of classical piano is astounding. Don’t think so? Well check out the song and tell me what you think of Ben Folds. Some think he is overly vulgar. Some think he is a genius. What do you think?
Check it Out with interesting short video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJye3_Edjmo