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    They’ve been around for a long, long year.

    So what?

    Is Geoff Edgers out of his mind? Has he gone mad? Has he fallen and can’t get up? I just read his article this morning and I want my 38 seconds back (“Incredibly, time is still on his side. But for how much longer?” SundayArts, June 9). In fact, I want to recycle the wasted ink and pulp. The title should read, “Two fans bitch about Mick Jagger’s age and the price of tickets.” No mention of Mick Taylor playing? Edgers makes it sound as if we’re going to the South Shore Music Circus to see Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons . . . ugh! And he only focused on the chaff . . . what about the wheat! Dude, it’s only rock ’n’ roll, but I (still) like it.



    The 1975 tour and the “super hot” set list of “It’s Only Rock ’n’ Roll” and “Black and Blue” songs that Edgers holds up as a gold standard actually represent the Stones at rock bottom. Keith was doing way too many drugs and the band’s quality of output was suffering accordingly. I can’t even listen to my recordings of the 1975 tour.


    And yet . . . the great moments the Stones have given me from both their studio and live work have been of greater value to me than those from any other band. I have always been impressed with their ability to first reach the top, and then stay on top for so many years. I do not resent their continuing to perform now that they are old. I am grateful and view it as a slice of history, much as when I used to see great classical performers like Vladimir Horowitz or Claudio Arrau at the end of their careers.

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    Once when I was a senior at MIT I decided that I could not afford to spend $49 to see Arthur Rubinstein. I’ve always regretted that. So now I am shelling out the money for the Stones. I don’t expect them to perform the way they did 45 years ago, but I will still see and hear echoes of it, and I will still enjoy it because, after all this time, they are still very talented and intelligent performers.



    The late Stone age

    They’ve been “old” a lot longer than they’ve been “young” and I am continually baffled by the endless discussion. The spark that they helped light 50 years ago continues to burn bright and is both inspiring and entertaining.

    I don’t consider them any more ancient than Velázquez, Hank Williams, or Mozart. The key to art is not the rings around the trunk, but the authenticity, joy, and emotion.




    Trying on a female voice

    Re: “Their fame tempts you, their sight rewards you” (SundayArts, June 2): Bad move, Smee — the role of ditzy art-challenged, traffic-challenged, arithmetic-challenged mom is an embarrassment to you and to all of your hitherto devoted readers. Stick with being Sebastian Smee, who knows his stuff (and hasn’t a clue about hers).


    Vineyard Haven

    Context for the contest

    Don Aucoin’s main Tony stories today were a home run (“Scene Stealers” and “At Tonys, Huntington’s prize a sure thing,” SundayArts, June 9). The Q&A with the Huntington team was really thoughtful and showed me how the leaders behind the institution think. And his featured actor piece made me want to immediately book tickets to NYC for a theater binge.





    First, the marketing

    Re: “Debate is rolling on movie trailers” (Main, June 8, Benjamin Soloway): In France they list the time the previews start, and the time the film starts. Do that, or fix a set amount of time for trailers, and you can show as many as you want. Those of us who enjoy trailers (NOT car ads or recaps of lame TV shows, mind you) can then see them, and others can stay away. As a bonus, if I’m running late, I’m more likely to come to your theater knowing I won’t miss the start of the film.


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    Theater owners have to make a certain amount of money to stay in business. They can either get the revenue by raising ticket prices, by raising concession prices, or by alternative revenue streams like being paid to show trailers or ads. It would be interesting to conduct an experiment: A local theater could charge $1 more a ticket for a trailer- and ad-free showing of a popular movie and see how many people would pay more not to have to “suffer” through the pre-show barrage.


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