Black Sabbath, Paris, 1970

Robert Christgau had words for Black Sabbath. “… A dim-witted, amoral exploitation;” “… I’ve been worried something like this was going to happen since the first time I saw a numerology column in an underground newspaper.” “They claim to oppose war, but if I don’t believe in loving my enemies I don’t believe in loving my allies…

The Rolling Stones: Marquee Club, London, ’71

There’s a set I caught on PBS once: Muddy Water’s band, later in his career, playing a small club. In walk Mick and Keith. Track suits, beers; Muddy’s thrilled to have them up on stage. There’s a legitimacy to that scene that something like, say, The Black Keys at the Grammy’s with the Preservation Hall…