Classic rock is one song short on the current Rolling Stones tour, “No Filter.” It’s been noticed that the 1971 hit “Brown Sugar” is not on the playlist for live performances. It’s not on the sell list, either. The LA Times asked guitarist Keith Richards about the absence of one of the Stones’ signature songs.
“You picked up on that, huh?,” Keith Richards, 77, responded to the LA Times when asked if the Stones had cut the second-most-performed tune in their catalog amid a climate of heightened cultural sensitivity.
“I don’t know. I’m trying to figure out with the sisters quite where the beef is. Didn’t they understand this was a song about the horrors of slavery? But they’re trying to bury it.”…
“We’ve played ‘Brown Sugar’ every night since 1970,” Richards told the newspaper.
“So sometimes you think, ‘We’ll take that one out for now and see how it goes.’ We might put it back in.”
“At the moment I don’t want to get into conflicts with all of this s–t,” Richard said of criticism of the song. “But I’m hoping that we’ll be able to resurrect the babe in her glory somewhere along the track.”
In the woke and enlightened times in which we live, the past is systematically being examined in the light of current thinking and constantly found wanting. That being the case, where it can be “disappeared” as it were. the pressure is on to make that happen, even in Rock ‘n Roll. Mick Jagger, the lead singer of the Rolling Stones, has said that he would never have written such a song today, one about the sexual abuse of female slaves in the American south, a concept that actual historical research exposes as exaggerated, not that it matters in the current woke climate. The song had to be buried for the safe thinking of the masses.
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