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Posted by Vacendak on July 03, 1999 at 15:48:34:
In Reply to: Brian Jones (1942 - 1969) posted by Keno on July 03, 1999 at 01:56:46:
: 30 years ago today Brian died. It just dosen't seem possible that it could be that long. I can remember seeing Brian on TV in the sixties playing guitar, sitar and recorder and vibes (to name a few) and thinking how cool he was to play these instruments. But truth is, his life was not cool. His life was too short and filled with problems, but in those 27 short years he made many of us fans smile. But no, life is not cool when it ends so tragically and for no good reason. I know you are at peace now Brian and that is cool. Many of us old Stones fans miss you, too bad the newer Stones fans never got to know you or understand how important you were to the band. You were the soul of the Stones, no question and the Stones did lose something that they never have been able to replace since you died.
Great post, Keno. Among the famous, I've always liked how Charlie and Pete remembered
him: "While we were driving down to the cemetery-- at the cemetery gates there was a
policeman," Shirley Arnold is saying. "He saluted as Brian went past, and
Charlie laughed. I was so tearful, and I said, "What you laughin' at?" and he
said, "The policeman saluted. Brian's curlin' up somewhere, lookin' on and lovin'
it." Pete Townshend was one of Brian's best friends, and he wrote and recorded
(although I haven't heard it) the following: A NORMAL DAY FOR BRIAN, A MAN WHO DIED EVERY
DAY : "I used to play my guitar as a kid wishing that I could be like him/ But today
I changed my mind I decided that I don't want to die/ But it was a normal day for Brian/
Rock and Roll's that way/ It was a normal day for Brian/ A man who died every day. I think
of Brian when I hear "When Blue Turns To Grey." Rock Onnn, Mr. Jones, and say
heloo to Pooh! Vacendak