Pick of the day: Bill Wyman imagines Mick Jagger responding to Keith Richards' book
No, not that Bill Wyman.
This Bill Wyman is a music journalist (and infrequent Washington Post contributor), not the former bass player in a mighty rock-and-roll band. And this Wyman has written a wildly creative and deeply reported piece for Slate in which he imagines how Mick Jagger might respond to his Glimmer Twin's new memoir.
The long and winding essay -- "Please Allow Me To Correct a Few Things" -- so expertly nails Jagger's point-of-view and voice (along with all the central and tangential facts) that it fooled more than a few people into thinking that it was an actual Mick Jagger essay that mistakenly wound up being delivered to the wrong Bill Wyman. You'll find at least one example on This Very Website.
If you have the slightest interest in the Stones or rock-and-roll history and hubris, Wyman's piece is a must-read.
And then, read Wyman's liner notes about Wyman's Slate piece, in which he explains the why and the how -- and also the what:
"There’s been some confusion about the piece, besides people thinking it was real. Some say it was parody, some satire.
"It’s just a book review, done to make a central point."
Read both pieces to discover what, exactly, that point is. You can thank me later.
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