They said it about Hicks, and they said it about Carlin: they were not only comedians, but great thinkers. They were cultural commentators, who just happen to pepper in some d**k jokes for good measure.
Why can't most business executives, economists, politicians and journalists see the big picture? Why is "environment" hardly ever in their vocabulary, much less a priority? A good example of the cluelessness displayed by our so-called leading thinkers can be found in the August 12 issue of Time.
Several major retail chains have refused to sell the Rolling Stone with Tsarnaev on the cover due to poor taste and insensitivity. This is a different type of insensitivity -- insensitivity to the role of a free press and responsible journalism.
This is not subversive. This is not anti-establishment. It's not fun, alt-y, cool, or even solemn. This is thoughtless, irresponsible abuse of your cultural authority, and reckless exploitation of a terrible tragedy.
Often, I do find myself saddened by everything that is wrong with our world. However, I've also learned the importance of gratitude that our planet has musicians like Scott, who in pursuit of his own self-knowledge, shares his gift with us all.
Tim tells them fashion and music are inextricably linked -- "Think about the Beatles! Or Lady Gaga!" -- and their friends at Garnier have partnered with Rolling Stone "to make rock and roll history" by presenting an unsigned band on the cover of the magazine.
Last night, nine years after Axl Rose first played me many of the songs on Chinese Democracy, I finally heard the album in all its glory. It's the sort of inspiring resurrection that's always welcome for those of us for whom rock & roll is still a religion.