The Stones in the Park (1)

On 5 July 1969, The Rolling Stones performed at a free festival in Hyde Park, London, in front of an audience between 250,000 and 500,000 fans, Since the show was free accurate crowd estimates are vague

It was the Stones’ first public concert in over two years and it had been originally intended as a way of introducing their new guitarist, Mick Taylor. Instead, their founding member and former guitarist Brian Jones had drowned in his swimming-pool just two days earlie and what was supposed to have been a party became a memorial.
Before the concert started, Jagger took to the stage, asked for silence, and read two stanzas from Percy Bysshe Shelley’s elegy “Adonais”, written on the death of John Keats
After this recital, hundreds of white butterflies were released into the summer air.

Here are the stanzas Jagger read:

XXXIX
Peace, peace! he is not dead, he doth not sleep,
He hath awaken’d from the dream of life;
‘Tis we, who lost in stormy visions, keep
With phantoms an unprofitable strife,
And in mad trance, strike with our spirit’s knife
Invulnerable nothings. We decay
Like corpses in a charnel; fear and grief
Convulse us and consume us day by day,
And cold hopes swarm like worms within our living clay.

LII
The One remains, the many change and pass;
Heaven’s light forever shines, Earth’s shadows fly;
Life, like a dome of many-colour’d glass,
Stains the white radiance of Eternity,
Until Death tramples it to fragments.—Die,
If thou wouldst be with that which thou dost seek!
Follow where all is fled!…

XXXIX
Pace, pace! non è morto, non dorme,
si è svegliato dal sogno della vita;
siamo noi che, persi in incubi tempestosi, manteniamo
con i fantasmi una futile lotta,
e nel folle sonno ipnotico colpiamo con il coltello del nostro spirito
nullità invulnerabili. Imputridiamo
come cadaveri nel sepolcro; terrore e dolore
ci sconvolgono e ci consumano giorno dopo giorno,
e le gelide speranze brulicano come vermi nella nostra viva creta

LII
L’Uno rimane, i molti mutano e passano;
la luce del Cielo risplende per sempre, le ombre della Terra volano via,
la Vita, come una cupola di vetro variopinto,
macchia il bianco splendore dell’Eternità,
finché la Morte non la frantuma— Muori,
se tu vuoi essere con ciò che cerchi!
Segui le cose dove sono fuggite!

(trad: L.Z,)

46 thoughts on “The Stones in the Park (1)

  1. Bellissimo. Con questo post sei riuscita a risaltare la cultura di questo grande personaggio. Ancora una volta: bravissima!!!

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  2. God bless you my friend, you’ve inspired me hundreds of ways it’s a beautiful way to start my day with all my pains with doctor’s appointments coming up in the next couple of weeks there’s a couple of things wrong with the health again. you inspire me everyday. PART of my routine to even get up to force myself to take care of my beautiful animals and my old Victorian White House. I wish you could come to visit me we would have a glorious time in the warm summer & be lazy, take you to all the beautiful spots here in this area. LAST night amongst the bombs most of them illegal going on here it’s shattering, my animals are trying to recuperate the usual homeless ones that eat at night here couldn’t show up this is been going on for days the police say they can do nothing but the property damage is not so good here . YOU must see the beauty you must or you’ll go crazy and part of the beauty is rereading your stories educating myself into all aspects of literature , music and so much more ..THE anniversary of Gene s death will be here in a couple of weeks every year it’s hard he would have loved to have met you online as I have done ,if he ever had an Android tablet he would still be alive right now, his birthday will be here he died the day before his birthday. YOU just inspired me and probably everyone on here with you … LOVE and kisses, stay healthy my dear LUISA 🦋🐞🐾💗

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    1. Dearest Sharon, I sincerely wish you to fix everything that is wrong with your health. so that you can fully enjoy your beautiful home and your furry family
      Please remind me when it’s Gene’s birthday, and his anniversary
      I hug you with a lot of affection ❤❤❤❤❤

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      1. THANKS AGAIN LUISA FOR YOUR KINDNESS , SOME THINGS WITH MY HEALTH ARE NOT MENDABLE BUT ARE NATURALLY GETTING WORSE LIKE THE BONE DISEASE AND THE M.S. , multiple sclerosis BUT I TRY NOT TO TALK ABOUT THEM TOO MUCH I CAN’T DO ANYTHING ABOUT THAT JUST WATCH THE BODY CHANGES BUT THE OTHER STUFF IS FROM NEGLECT , SOMETIMES OUTSIDE BEAUTY LASTS A LONG TIME AND WE TAKE IT FOR GRANTED , I WORKED 3 JOBS THAT I LOVED FOR 20 YRS EVERY DAY, I THOUGHT HIGH HEELS, EARRINGS, LIPSTICK THERE, I TOOK CARE OF MY SELF , IT WORKED BUT EVERYTHING KICKED IN AT ONCE ,BUT GENE’S. BIRTHDAY AUGUST 6TH ANNIVERSARY DEATH ANNIVERSARY AUGUST 5TH . THNKS FOR ASKING ME LOVE S.A.M. 🐱💃

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      2. Unfortunately when we are young we take many things for granted and we begin to take care of our health when some damage has already been done
        Nonetheless, I wish you a perfect day❤😘🦋🧡

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  3. The concert heralded a period of about five years when the Stones were unassailable and Jagger and Richard’s star burned very bright. The Hyde Park event was incredible. Maybe there were 250,000 – 500,000 there but if you add up the number who now say they were there it would possibly exceed 10 million. Brian Jones was indeed a superstar RIP.

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  4. Beautiful, thanks for sharing Luisa. You’ve shown me a side to Mick Jagger I’ve never seen before. The sight of those butterflies being released must’ve have beautiful and deeply moving. Love and light, Deborah. 🦋 ❤ 🙏

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  5. “And cold hopes swarm like worms within our living clay.” What a beautiful line. Thank you for mingle a modern event with a beautiful classic poem. I thoroughly enjoy it.

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