Happy 69th, Mick Jagger!
The Lucifer of rock, the paradigm of the rock superstar as Pied Piper, tribal medicine man, unholy roller, the Dionysus of the rebellious young millions who in the 60’s made rock music the official language of their unfocused but unmistakable disaffection from tradition.
Newsweek January 4, 1971
This capacity for constant, lightning-quick creative revelation has characterized McCartney’s music for 50 years. When he turns 70 years old on June 18, perhaps the only thing more remarkable than the idea of this eternally youthful icon reaching that landmark is the fact that he has gotten there without having lost the boundless inventiveness and creative curiosity that redefined the very possibilities of rock and roll. Though McCartney is often overshadowed in the public imagination by John Lennon’s hard-edged cool, and frequently taken for granted after so many years in the pop spotlight, there is simply no other figure in pop who can claim a track record so deep.
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