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Stones and oranges under a rainbow

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The Rolling Stones spin songs and blow minds with "Their Satanic Majesties Request."
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OKLAHOMA CITY – Having discussed the heavy “rainbow” syncs in yesterday’s Dust Devil Dreams post “Torn Rainbows,” the syncs continue. How could I possibly ignore the big-as-life "Rainbow Travel" sign on Classen Blvd. this morning?

For instance, the Anthony Burgess novel, made into a 1971 film by Stanley Kubrick – A Clockwork Orange – has also been coming up a lot. Just yesterday I saw the typed word “arrange” appear as “arange” and I chuckled to myself and thought, wow, there’s actually a  word that rhymes with “orange.”

And this morning, without even thinking anything of it, oranges were peeled for breakfast. A rarity for me.

It was on the other night. While watching The Philadelphia Experiment, I clicked back and forth between the two films, which both happened to be on at midnight, during a full moon.

And the one time I clicked onto a third movie – This is 40 – a 2012 Judd Apatow film that syncs pretty heavily with me, Paul Rudd’s character is sitting there in his biking outfit featuring Pink Floyd’s prism-and-rainbow logo for 1973’s Dark Side of the Moon. That album came out 40 years ago.

It was also 40 years ago that British photographer Michael Cooper died of a heroin overdose. He was the rock photographer who is best known for photographing not only Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band for The Beatles, he took the 3D photograph on the cover of The Rolling Stones’ Their Satanic Majesties Request, my favorite Stones album.

Cooper, interestingly enough, brought the violent novel A Clockwork Orange to the attention of novelist and screenwriter Terry Southern. It was decided The Rolling Stones would be the actors in an early version of the film, with Mick Jagger as Alex and the other Stones playing the Droogs.

In fact, Cooper wrote a letter to Southern which said “We the undersigned hereby insist that Mick Jagger play the part (of Alex).” It was signed by all the Beatles, Marianne Faithfull and Robert Fraser.”

According to, the Stones were interested and Cooper wanted to make the film, but the Stones “couldn’t find time to make the film.”

And then there was the whole issue of Lord Chamberlain and the British Board of Film Censors saying the violence and mayhem was inappropriate.

Later, Southern would recommend the book to Kubrick, who was looking for a new project following MGM’s rejection of Napoleon, a film Kubrick wanted to make, but never made. Steven Spielberg announced this year, with support from Kubrick’s family, and that he intended to create a TV miniseries based on Kubrick’s unrealized screenplay, one that was to be made into “the best movie ever made,” as Kubrick said in 1971.

That same year, Rupert Miles Sanders was born. He would become a well-known British film director (his Snow White and the Huntsman came out last year) who is starting work on directing an “epic biopic,” Napoleon, this version written by Jeremy Doner. And this month, we see Napoleon Bonaparte’s will “up for auction.”

The Beatles appear in hidden form on the Stones album, while a cloth figure of child actor Shirley Temple is shown on Pepper wearing a “Welcome the Rolling Stones, Good Guys” sweatshirt, this, in a year where the Stones faced drug use and legal problems, accentuated by the London media and the British cops and Establishment at that time (and the satanic "acid king" informant David Schneidermann) The sweatshirt belonged to Cooper’s son Adam.

Andrew Loog Oldham, the one-time producer and publicist for The Rolling Stones, when they first started out in the early 1960’s, hosts a great program on the SiriusXM channel “Underground Garage.”

Oldham’s time with the Stones ended in 1967 amidst the turmoil Mick, Keith, Brian, Bill and Charlie were facing that year as they tried to complete their follow-up to Between the Buttons, the album that would be briefly called Cosmic Christmas, before settling on Their Satanic Majesties Request.

Because Oldham left before the album was completed, the Stones produced it themselves (with mixed results – I happen to love that album).

Sitting there listening to Oldham talk, between songs, I began to wonder what he really thought of Their Satanic Majesties Request, an album Keith Richards called a bunch of “flim-flam.” As I asked myself that question, I got my synchromystic answer from Oldham in the form of a song – “She’s A Rainbow,” a key track on Their Satanic Majesties Request. He picked the song and played it, indicating he at least liked that track.

It was an exciting and very cool sync for me. A question was answered and a rainbow appeared.


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