FRANCIS SCHAEFFER ANALYZES ART AND CULTURE PART 251  Rolling Stones  “Rocks Off” (Featured artist is Michael Ray Charles )

In the 1960’s there was a generation that took drugs because philosophically they thought it was leading to an answer, but then when the violence entered in at the Rolling Stones Altamont concert in 1970 when a person was stabbed to death, the age of innocence ended. What is left at this point? More drugs were used but only to kill the pain. Where do people turn for answers at this point? In the song ROCKS OFF it appears that the Rolling Stones moved to their hopes to the night when they are dreaming. It seems that excessive sex does nothing to satisfy a person (see the song I CAN’T GET NO SATISFACTION too).

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Rolling Stones – Rocks Off (1972)

  • Oh yeah
  • I hear you talking when I’m on the street
  • Your mouth don’t move but I can hear you speak
  • What’s the matter with the boy?
  • He don’t come around no more
  • Is he checking out for sure?
  • Is he gonna close the door on me?
  • I’m always hearing voices on the street
  • I want to shout, but I can’t hardly speak
  • I was making love last night
  • To a dancer friend of mine
  • I can’t seem to stay in step
  • ‘Cause she come ev’ry time that she pirouettes over me
  • And I only get my rocks off while I’m dreaming
  • I only get my rocks off while I’m sleeping
  • I’m zipping through the days at lightning speed
  • Plug in, flush out and fire the f@$kin’ feed
  • Heading for the overload
  • Splattered on the dirty road
  • Kick me like you’ve kicked before
  • I can’t even feel the pain no more
  • But I only get my rocks off while I’m dreaming
  • (only get them off)
  • I only get my rocks off while I’m sleeping
  • (only get them off)
  • I feel so hypnotized, can’t describe the scene
  • Its all mesmerized all that inside me
  • The sunshine bores the daylights out of me
  • Chasing shadows moonlight mystery
  • Headed for the overload
  • Splattered on the dirty road
  • Kick me like you’ve kicked before
  • I can’t even feel the pain no more
  • But I only get my rocks off while I’m dreaming
  • (only get them off, get them off)
  • I only get my rocks off while I’m sleeping
  • (only get them off, get them off)
General Comment
To me this song is at once celebratory and miserable & jaded. 

The singer of the song has led a life of such excess that things that were once great fun now just don't do anything for him. In fact he's so jaded that even things that used to cause him pain don't make him feel anything anymore.

His only escape, his only way of getting any kind of 'satisfaction' is to escape into his dreams, into sleep. 

God, what a  horrible thing to have happen to you. And yet, somehow the song, the music, seems so celebratory, maybe ironically so. I dunno, it's a really great song though, pretty mature thinking.
flyingroboton June 17, 2004   Link
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Francis A. Schaeffer  wrote something about the ROLLING STONES:
At about the same time as the Berkeley Free Speech Move- 
ment came a heavy participation in drugs. The beats had not 
been deeply into drugs the way the hippies were. But soon 
after 1964 the drug scene became the hallmark of young 
people.
The philosophic basis for the drug scene came from Aldous 
Huxley's concept that, since, for the rationalist, reason is not 
taking us anywhere, we should look for a final experience, one 
that can be produced "on call," one that we do not need to 
wait for. The drug scene, in other words, was at first an ideol- 
ogy, an ideology that had very practical consequences. Some of 
us at L'Abri have cried over the young people who have blown 
their minds. But many of them thought, like Alan Watts, Gary 
Snyder, Alan Ginsberg and Timothy Leary, that if you could 
simply turn everyone on, there would be an answer to man's 
longings. It wasn't just the far-out freaks who suggested that 
you could put drugs in the drinking water and turn on a whole 
city so that the "pigs" and the kids would all have flowers in 
their hair. In those days it really was an optimistic ideological 
concept. 

So two things have to be said here. FIRST, the young people's 
analysis of culture was right, and, SECOND, they really thought 
they had an answer to the problem. Up through Woodstock 
(1969) the YOUNG PEOPLE WERE OPTIMISTIC CONCERNING DRUGS-- 
BEING THE IDEOLOGICAL ANSWER. The desire for community and 
togetherness that was the impetus for Woodstock was not wrong, of course. God has made us in his own image, and he 
means for us to be in a strong horizontal relationship with each 
other. While Christianity appeals and applies to the individual, 
it is not individualistic. God means for us to have community. 
There are really two orthodoxies: an orthodoxy of doctrine 
and an orthodoxy of community, and both go together. So the 
longing for community in Woodstock was right. But the path 
was wrong. 

AFTER WOODSTOCK TWO EVENTS "ENDED THE AGE OF INNOCENCE," 
to use the expression of Rolling Stone magazine. The FIRST 
occurred at Altamont, California, where the ROLLING STONES put 
on a festival and hired the Hell's Angels (for several barrels of 
beer) to police the grounds. Instead, the Hell's Angels killed 
people without any cause, and it was a bad scene indeed. But 
people thought maybe this was a fluke, maybe it was just 
California! IT TOOK A SECOND EVENT TO BE CONVINCING. 

On the Isle of Wight, 450,000 people assembled, and it was 
totally ugly. A number of people from L'Abri were there, and I 
know a man closely associated with the rock world who knows 
the organizer of this festival. Everyone agrees that the situation 
was just plain hideous. 

THUS, AFTER THESE TWO ROCK FESTIVALS THE PICTURE CHANGED. IT IS  
NOT THAT KIDS HAVE STOPPED TAKING DRUGS, FOR MORE ARE TAKING  
DRUGS ALL THE TIME. And what the eventual outcome will be is 
certainly unpredictable. I know that in many places, California 
for example, drugs are down through the high schools and on 
into the heads of ten- and eleven-year-olds. But drugs are not 
considered a philosophic expression anymore; among the very 
young they are just a peer group thing. It's like permissive 
sexuality. You have to sleep with a certain number of boys or 
you're not in; you have to take a certain kind of drug or you're 
not in. THE OPTIMISTIC IDEOLOGY HAS DIED. 

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Featured artist is Michael Ray Charles

Michael Ray Charles

Michael Ray Charles was born in 1967 in Lafayette, Louisiana, and graduated from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, in 1985. In college, he studied advertising design and illustration, eventually moving to painting, his preferred medium. Charles also received an MFA degree from the University of Houston in 1993. His graphically styled paintings investigate racial stereotypes drawn from a history of American advertising, product packaging, billboards, radio jingles, and television commercials.

Charles draws comparisons between Sambo, Mammy, and minstrel images of an earlier era and contemporary mass-media portrayals of black youths, celebrities, and athletes—images he sees as a constant in the American subconscious. “Stereotypes have evolved,” he notes. “I’m trying to deal with present and past stereotypes in the context of today’s society.” Caricatures of African-American experience, such as Aunt Jemima, are represented in Charles’s work as ordinary depictions of blackness, yet are stripped of the benign aura that lends them an often-unquestioned appearance of truth. Charles says, “Aunt Jemima is just an image, but it almost automatically becomes a real person for many people, in their minds. But there’s a difference between these images and real humans.” In each of his paintings, notions of beauty, ugliness, nostalgia, and violence emerge and converge, reminding us that we cannot divorce ourselves from a past that has led us to where we are, who we have become, and how we are portrayed. Charles lives in Texas and teaches at the University of Texas at Austin.

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  • rawgod  On July 4, 2019 at 3:02 am

    “THE OPTIMISTIC IDEOLOGY HAD DIED.”
    No way, Everette, that optimistic ideology we had in the 60s is not dead, it has only gone underground. It is alive today, though it is not doing ss well as it was in the 60s. But it will rise up again, mostly due to Trump and his mad mass machinations. Trump is representative of the far right’s last gasp at grasping for power. He thinks he has it made, but all he is doing is digging a massive grave for his side. His is a dying breed, clutching at the reigns of power, but they will fall through his hands. He thinks starting a nuclear war will help him win, but all it is going to do is destroy today’s human race, and make room for a humane race of survivors. And I will be one of those survivors, leading the way to future, a future where all life is equal, and and responsible.

    • Everette Hatcher III  On July 4, 2019 at 10:08 am

      You replied to two of my blog posts and your comment on the other blog post also related to this blog post so I wanted to respond to it here too. You commented: “All this coming from an Atheist. I hope that blows your mind. Not a youth, but a person who was there in the 60s. I was one of those idealistic youths you talk about from the 60s, taking acid to further my spiritual search–one who found meaning in the mind and spirit that acid opened up for me. I found myself, and my self was not what I expected it to be.”

      Basically people have attempted to escape their problems through wine or drugs for ages. Here is a link to blog describing how King Solomon and Ernest Hemingway tried to do that too: https://thedailyhatch.org/2015/12/02/woody-wednesday-ecclesiastes-and-woody-allens-films-solomon-would-got-along-well-with-woody-part-4-midnight-in-paris-part-c-is-the-answer-in-satisfaction-found-in-wine-women-and-song/

      —-

      Both Woody Allen and Ernest Hemingway like Solomon looked for meaning UNDER THE SUN in what I call the 6 big L words in the Book of Ecclesiastes. These areas are learning (1:16-18), laughter, ladies, luxuries, and liquor (2:1-3, 8, 10, 11), and labor (2:4-6, 18-20). All three men agree with the conclusion of Ecclesiastes 2:17:

      17 So I hated life, because what is done under the sun was grievous to me; for all is vanity and a striving after the wind

      Then in last few words in the Book of Ecclesiastes Solomon looks above the sun and brings God back into the picture: “The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: Fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.”

      The answer to find meaning in life is found in putting your faith and trust in Jesus Christ. The Bible is true from cover to cover and can be trusted.
      Now I just want to provide you with the outline of the 3rd point that Adrian Rogers makes in his sermon WHO IS JESUS?

      If you take the time to look up these verses you will see that Christ fulfilled the prophecies in the Old Testament that had been written hundreds of years before he even existed. Some may doubt that these scriptures were written in advance, but after the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls that interpretation is no longer feasible. Contained in the Dead Sea Scrolls and dated back to approximately 200 years before Christ we have copies of portions of manuscripts from EVERY OLD TESTAMENT BOOK IN THE BIBLE (except Esther). Plus we have a complete copy of the Book of Isaiah. With that in mind please take time to read both Old Testament prophecies and the New Testament fulfillment listed below or just google the name PETER STONER.
      THE PROPHETIC WITNESS OF THE SCRIPTURES (Acts 10:43)

      The theme of the Old Testament is the Lord Jesus Christ.
      Fulfilled prophecy is one of the greatest proofs that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
      All of the prophets speak in unanimity that Jesus is Lord.
      It is estimated that there are more than 300 direct Old Testament prophecies that prophesy the miracle birth and earthly life of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
      Micah 5:2
      Matthew 2:1
      Isaiah 7:14
      Isaiah 53:4-5
      Isaiah 53:9
      Matthew 27:57
      Matthew 27:38
      Zechariah 11:12
      Matthew 26:15
      Psalm 22
      ——
      Back to what The Rolling Stones were saying:
      Heading for the overload
      Splattered on the dirty road
      Kick me like you’ve kicked before
      I can’t even feel the pain no more
      But I only get my rocks off while I’m dreaming
      (only get them off)
      I only get my rocks off while I’m sleeping
      (only get them off)
      I feel so hypnotized, can’t describe the scene
      Its all mesmerized all that inside me
      The sunshine bores the daylights out of me
      Chasing shadows moonlight mystery

      Here the Stones are saying that they are bored with life during the day and can only find sexual satisfaction in their dreams. The Book of Ecclesiastes is a great book to reference here.

      Both Woody Allen and Ernest Hemingway like Solomon looked for meaning UNDER THE SUN in what I call the 6 big L words in the Book of Ecclesiastes. These areas are learning (1:16-18), laughter, ladies, luxuries, and liquor (2:1-3, 8, 10, 11), and labor (2:4-6, 18-20). All three men agree with the conclusion of Ecclesiastes 2:17:

      17 So I hated life, because what is done under the sun was grievous to me; for all is vanity and a striving after the wind.

      Probably his most disappointing discovery for Solomon (and Mick Jagger) was that being a ladies man left him unsatisfied.
      Ecclesiastes 2:8-10The Message (MSG)

      I piled up silver and gold,
      loot from kings and kingdoms.
      I gathered a chorus of singers to entertain me with song,
      and—most exquisite of all pleasures—
      voluptuous maidens for my bed.

      9-10 Oh, how I prospered! I left all my predecessors in Jerusalem far behind, left them behind in the dust. What’s more, I kept a clear head through it all. Everything I wanted I took—I never said no to myself. I gave in to every impulse, held back nothing. I sucked the marrow of pleasure out of every task—my reward to myself for a hard day’s work!

      1 Kings 11:1-3 English Standard Version (ESV)

      11 Now King Solomon loved many foreign women, along with the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women, 2 from the nations concerning which the Lord had said to the people of Israel, “You shall not enter into marriage with them, neither shall they with you, for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods.” Solomon clung to these in love. 3 He had 700 wives, who were princesses, and 300 concubines. And his wives turned away his heart.

      Francis Schaeffer observed concerning Solomon, “You can not know woman by knowing 1000 women.”

      King Solomon in Ecclesiastes 2:11 sums up his search for meaning in the area of the Sexual Revolution with these words, “…behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun.”

      • rawgod  On July 4, 2019 at 11:37 am

        Another long answer that does not interest me. The bible, as its title suggests, is just a book. The book tells a story, but nothing in it suggests to me it is anything but historical fiction, written by men for men.
        I respect that this means a lot to you, but you could write a book about how you see the world, but it will never match my vision.
        You automatically assume that I was doing drugs to escape, but that assumption would be completely wrong. You published an article in the one post about why some guy thought we were doing drugs, not as an escape but as a search for meaning in a meaningless world. You found meaning in worshipping your god. I found nothing there. At first I thought I was searching for a real god, but what I discovered was that there is no god of any kind. I found more connection to plants and animals than I ever was told there could be, and that connection filled me with more joy than any unknowable god ever could.
        I did not come searching for your blog, but these posts showed on suggested readings, and the titles either intrigued me, or were counter to my world in a negative fashion. It is seeing writings that I consider lies that attracts me, as I like to correct writers who do not realize they are lieing. There is no absolute Truth for me, the universe is always changing and things that seem true become false, and things pronounced false can become true. My mind is open to almost everything, but I have already determined there is no god. What you want to believe is up to you. All I ask is that you check your facts before you write something. You can believe in Absolute Truth if you like, as long as you accept that what might be absolute truth is not always going to be what you want it to be. Absolute truth cannot be interpreted, nor can it be controled. Anything else is relative. This is what I believe.

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