As if the Nineteen-sixties have not already been celebrated and analyzed to death in the media, here comes Rolling Stone's fortieth anniversary special. Well, some of the interviews are fun to read, despite leading, self-congratulatory questions like "What did Rolling Stone mean to you in 1967?" The most entertaining interviews are:
Jack Nicholson comparing Bob Dylan and Jiddu Krishnamurti - not their philosophy but their stage entrance. (He also reveals an interesting fact: that he appears in a Beatles' home video, circa 1968, totally stoned. Somehow, I can't imagine John Lennon and Jack Nicholson in the same room.)
Dylan making some funny Boblike comments about global warming and politics and showing some major love to John and Paul (calling the latter "the only person I am in awe of" and the former "one of the greatest singers ever".)
Bob Weir going all cosmic and shit (something about how he is happy just to sit and watch a bug and its bugness) and talks about something totally crazy: how he invited Ann Coulter backstage. Now there's a musician with an open mind.
Neil Young, talking about his politics and leaving Buffalo Springfield.
Ringo getting all blunt (he calls the Police reunion "boring") and anarchic in his interview (exhorting the bands of today to "oppose everything that we stood for".) He also declares "Revolver" to be his favorite album. (And why do all interviewers insist on asking the same goddamn stupid questions about "Sgt. Pepper"?)
Yes, and this issue has those scratch-and-sniff perfume ads too. This is a rock magazine.