Things I learned from watching most of the 832-part History of Rock and Roll on VH1 Classics:
1. The song “Carrie Ann” was written about Marianne Faithful.
2. “Do You Believe in Magic” came out in like 1965 and not in about 1985 like I had always assumed, also the band who sings it, The Lovin’ Spoonful toured with The Supremes.
3. Though written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Marianne Faithful originally sang “As Tears Go By”, and it still sounds like a Stones song.
4. David Crosby was in The Byrds
6. “At that point we weren’t writing sons, and if it weren’t for The Beatles we probably wouldn’t have,” Keith Richards.
7. I love Pete Townshend. This is news to me. I love him because when talking about the deaths of Jimi Hendrix, Mama Cass, and Janis Joplin he sort of flipped his wig, got all teary eyed and said, “They might be your fucking icons, but they’re my fucking friends and they’re dead.”
8. “Don’t be nice, it’s the kiss of death,” Johnny Rotten
(I mostly stopped paying attention when they got to Woodstock and all that blah blah because really it was like 983 parts and my attention span is not that long)