The year is 1968. The hot rock & roll bands are the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and the Monkees, although I distinctly recall girls in my grade school class talking about how much they loved the Turtles. Why can I remember that bit of minutiae and not that garbage day is Tueday?
Anyway, I go back and forth. The Beatles are the greatest rock and roll band ever, right? Sure, we all have our favorite other non-Beatle bands. Mine include XTC, Squeeze, Cage the Elephant, Springsteen & the E Street Band, Wilco, Tame Impala, The Clash, Crowded House, and many others. And I’ll choose to listen to those bands over the Beatles more times than not. But still, the Beatles are tops, right? Right? Well, maybe not.
I’ve been thinking a whole lot about the Rolling Stones recently. They released this song earlier in 2020 around the start of the COVID quarantine.
It’s not a great song, but it’s certainly a good tune that sounds exactly like a Rolling Stones song should sound. They are still producing good new music after more than 50 years! And they’re not half dead like the Beatles. Sure, the Stones lost Brian Jones early on, and Bill Wyman has retired, but Mick & Keith are still going strong with Charlie Watts on drums and Ron Wood on guitar. I’m starting to give the nod to the Stones over the Beatles simply due to longevity.
So, what does this have to do with my book of short stories titled BEYOND: Tales of the Afterlife, available on Amazon? Well, Tale #2 is titled “A Monkee to Die For,” and revolves around a Davy Jones promotional visit to a California record store. In the story, not only is Jones featured in an indirect way, but the Rolling Stones and Beatles also get mentions. My video excerpt in this post from Tale #2 involves a demonic being explaining to a 12 year old girl smitten by Davy Jones that the Rolling Stones may not be as icky as she thinks. Take a look and listen.
I’m happy to say that I have seen the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, and the Monkees all live in concert, and the Monkees were the most fun, although that may have had something to do with how much alcohol I had at their show. And I’ll sheepishly admit to seeing Mickey, Davy, & Peter in solo concerts, although Mickey & Davy’s shows were both local & free, so I kind of had to go. I went to see the Peter Tork Project in Chicago because Butch Patrick, Eddie from The Munsters tv show, was the opening act … except he forgot to bring his band. True story. But he seemed like a cool guy who we got to meet, and then Tork and his band ripped the roof off the place with anti-apartheid songs. Good times in the 80s.
Click this link to purchase BEYOND: Tales of the Afterlife on Amazon or HERE to buy a pdf copy directly from this site. What are you waiting for? Don’t you want to know if 12 year old Molly makes a deal with the devil?
BTW, did you catch my veiled reference to Keith Richards in my reading of Tale #2? I love Keef. There is also a reference to him in Tale #3, not directly, but the topic of the story is loosely based about something Keith Richards has admitted to doing.