Former The Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman is featured in the new documentary ‘The Quiet One,’ and in it he makes a sad remark about himself and his playing ability compared to the legendary Keith Richards. Wyman also discusses Mick Jagger and other bandmates in the film. Helen Highly wrote in a review:
Wyman then looks back at himself a bit older, now in his late twenties and trying to perfect his technique on the bass. As if Samuel Beckett had scripted his words, Wyman expresses a disturbing contempt for himself. “Leave space! Don’t be busy!
Don’t overdo it! You’re not the fuckin’ lead guitarist!” he barks at himself. Later in the film, Eric Clapton will praise Wyman, saying “something about Bill’s bass… it was so contained and so precise. It’s what he doesn’t play – what he leaves out that marks his brilliance.”
I doubt that either Wyman or Murray intended that praise to sound as sad as it felt, but it sure seemed to me like brilliance born of self-loathing – the kind of personal pain that Krapp would be forced to relive on one of his tapes.
The Rolling Stones are set to hit the road again and resume their ‘No Filter’ tour soon after Mick Jagger underwent successful heart surgery in New York.
<a href=”https://www.sudbury.com/local-news/less-invasive-heart-procedure-performed-on-mick-jagger-now-being-done-at-hsn-1435026″ rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>Sudbury is reporting that Dr. Mark Henderson at Health Sciences North credited Dr. John Webb of St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver for helping create the innovative procedure, and that he trained the doctors who performed the surgery on Jagger. He said the health risk for Jagger with aortic valve failure could have been ‘fatal’ and that the surgery is a major medical advancement.
He said the aortic valve implant involves a puncture into the patient’s groin area to access the femoral artery. From there, the tiny valve is inserted via a long narrow tube called a catheter. The surgeons can then use an imaging process such as x-ray to guide the catheter to the aortic valve in the heart.
The new valve is implanted over the damaged valve. The catheter tube is removed and the new valve begins working immediately.
Later on Dr. Henderson said:
“The TAVI procedure, the way it is done now, you are admitted on the day of the procedure. You have sedation; no general anesthetic. There is no incision in the chest or leg. The catheter is inserted by needle puncture and the new aortic valve, which is somewhat miniaturized, is advanced up to where the aortic valve is then it is deployed,” he explained.