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  1. 1. The Rolling Stones: that 50-year itch …Level 3 Advanced 1 Key wordsFill the gaps in the sentences using these key words from the text. swaggers demented hellraiser vice sanguine frisson surreal weather-beaten poignant hell-bent1. A ______________________________ is a bad habit or personal quality.2. A ______________________________ face has rough skin from being outside for long periods.3. If something is ______________________________, it is so strange that you cannot believe it is real.4. If a person ______________________________, he or she walks in a proud and confident way.5. If you are ______________________________ on doing something, you are determined to do it.6. If you are ______________________________ about something, you are confident and hopeful about what might happen, especially in a difficult situation.7. A ______________________________ experience or memory gives you feelings of sadness.8. If someone is described as ____________________________, they behave in a strange, stupid or crazy way.9. A ______________________________ is a person who causes trouble by heavy drinking, taking drugs or being violent.10. A ______________________________ is a sudden strong feeling of excitement, fear or pleasure. 2 What do you know?Decide whether these statements are true (T) or false (F). Then check your answers in the text.1. The youngest member of the Rolling Stones is now 65 years old.2. The oldest member of the Rolling Stones is now 70 years old.3. The Rolling Stones have sold more than 200 million albums.4. The Rolling Stones’ 2005 A Bigger Bang tour is the highest-earning tour of all time.5. One and a half million people saw the Rolling Stones live on Copacabana beach in Rio.6. Brian Jones, a guitarist with the original Rolling Stones, died in a car accident in 1969. D • TE DE E SI A L EB LO B W N IA© Macmillan Publishers Ltd 2011 M W P O DO O FR BE C T ONEWS LESSONS / The Rolling Stones: that 50-year itch … / Advanced O H N •P CA
  2. 2. The Rolling Stones: that 50-year itch …Level 3 Advanced The Rolling Stones: that 50-year itch … for one, only gave up drugs in 2006 after falling Elizabeth Day out of a tree and undergoing surgery for a blood 13 November, 2011 clot on his brain. When I speak to him over the phone from his home in Los Angeles, the 671 When a Rolling Stone admits that coffee is his year old is sanguine about cleaning up his act. greatest vice, you know times have changed. “Everybody’s got to grow up eventually,” Richards During his time as guitarist for the band, Ronnie says in a dry voice. “All of my stuff, I considered it Wood estimates he’s burned through £20 million all an experiment that went on too long.” on drugs and alcohol. But nowadays things are rather different. The Stones have all grown 6 The re-release of Some Girls is especially poignant up – Wood, at 64, is the youngest in the band; for Wood because the album marked the first drummer Charlie Watts the eldest at 70 – and, time he was officially recognized as a member they are still working. They have just released a of the band – “I felt I was finally home,” he says. remastered version of their hit 1978 album Some Although the Rolling Stones were formed in 1962 by Jagger and Richards (who were at primary Girls, including new tracks from the archives. school together), they have undergone a series of2 When I meet Wood in a central London hotel, personnel changes over the years. Guitarist Brian he looks essentially the same as he did three Jones, one of the original line-up, drowned in his decades ago – a bit more weather-beaten, swimming pool in 1969. Mick Taylor took his place, perhaps, but still sporting the same hairstyle and before eventually being replaced by Wood, while skinny jeans that seem to have come directly from bassist Bill Wyman retired from the Stones in 1992. the 1970s. Does it feel surreal looking back on the 7 The Some Girls tour in 1978 produced some of old photographs now? “Yeah,” he says. “It doesn’t the most electrifying live performances of the seem like it’s been all those years. What is it, 30?” Stones’ careers. A DVD featuring unseen footage Thirty-three. He gapes in mock horror. “The ‘80s of the band playing a tour date in Fort Worth, only seem like yesterday to me. The ‘90s went so Texas, has just been released and shows Jagger fast. Before you know it, time has flown by.” at the top of his game, strutting across the stage3 In their time as the world’s most famous rock like a demented cockerel. “I started off thinking band, the Rolling Stones have sold more than 200 about what being a performer meant when I was million albums and released eight number one about 16,” says Jagger when I ask him about the singles. When they took to the road to promote tour. “I hope I’m not being immodest, but I realized their 2005 A Bigger Bang album, it became the I would go out and do it, and the more people highest-grossing tour of all time (since bettered by seemed to like it the more I seemed to do stupid U2’s 360˚ tour of 2009–11). At one concert alone, things and dance. You sort of realize that’s your on Copacabana beach, 1.5 million people turned fate and you develop it.” up to watch them live. 8 Apart from the music, the partying and the trail of4 As a band, they have swaggered their way through beautiful women, perhaps the most fundamental the decades: a multi-headed, hard-partying, hard- reason for the enduring public fascination with the living, rock’n’roll beast that produced some of the Rolling Stones is the friction surrounding its central finest popular music of the 20th century, including creative partnership. Jagger and Richards seem ‘Wild Horses’, ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’, ‘Gimme Shelter’, forever locked in an epic battle between love and ‘Brown Sugar’, ‘Satisfaction’, ‘Paint it Black’ and hate, admiration and mistrust, that has twisted and ‘Sympathy for the Devil’. And they’re still going. turned throughout the last half century.5 But arguably the Stones’ greatest achievement is 9 Is it, I ask Richards, a bit like working with your the simple fact of their survival. In 2012, the band brother? “No, it’s like working with Maria Callas,” marks its 50th anniversary, a feat that seems all he replies.” We’ve been fighting cats and dogs all the more remarkable in the face of their seemingly our career. We’re like brothers in that sometimes hell-bent desire to kill themselves. Keith Richards, we love each other and sometimes we hate D • TE DE E SI A L EB LO B W N IA© Macmillan Publishers Ltd 2011 M W P O DO O FR BE C T ONEWS LESSONS / The Rolling Stones: that 50-year itch … / Advanced O H N •P CA
  3. 3. The Rolling Stones: that 50-year itch …Level 3 Advanced each other and sometimes we don’t even care.” daughters. Nowadays, Richards tells me, “The Relations between the two probably weren’t best drug is breathing”. helped by 2010’s publication of Richards’s 11 But despite the fact that they are all happily settled autobiography, Life, in which he claimed – among and doing their own thing, there is an undeniable other things – that Jagger was “unbearable”. frisson when the question of a Rolling Stones10 These days, Ronnie Wood is contentedly single reunion is mooted, as if none of them can quite (after a brief relationship with Brazilian model Ana let go of the excitement that comes from being in Araújo) and concentrating on his art – a solo show the band. Wood says he is ready for action next of his charcoal portraits and oil paintings opened year just in case. “Fifty years!” he shrieks. “It’s got earlier in November. Charlie Watts, meanwhile, is to be done.” Jagger gives me predictably short much in demand as a jazz drummer after having shrift. “I’ve no idea,” he sniffs. “We don’t really survived a battle with throat cancer seven years get together that much as a group.” And what ago. Jagger has formed a new band, SuperHeavy, about Richards? Can he envisage a reunion tour? with singer Joss Stone and Eurythmics founder “Envisage?” he laughs. “Yeah. I dream of it.” Dave Stewart, and continues to produce films © Guardian News & Media 2011 through his own production company. Richards, First published in The Observer, 13/11/11 the former hellraiser-in-chief, is married to former model Patti Hansen with whom he has two 3 Comprehension checkChoose the best answer according to the text.1. Why is it so surprising that the Rolling Stones have survived for 50 years? a. because most rock bands only last for a few years b. because they seemed determined to kill themselves through their lifestyle c. because U2 became much more successful than the Rolling Stones2. What does Ronnie Wood look like compared with thirty years ago? a. He looks much older. b. He looks exactly the same. c. He looks almost the same.3. Why is the re-release of Some Girls poignant for Wood? a. because his friend Brian Jones died just before the album was released b. because he was officially recognized as a member of the band when the album was first released c. because the remastered version includes new tracks from the archives4. How did the band members react when the possibility of a reunion tour was mentioned? a. They had mixed opinions about the idea. b. They all dismissed the idea. c. They refused to discuss the idea. D • D • TE E E TE DE E S A L SII A D L EB LO B EB LO B W N IA W N IA© Macmillan Publishers Ltd 2011 M W P M W P O DO O O DO O FR BE C FR BE C N T N T O ONEWS LESSONS / The Rolling Stones: that 50-year itch … / Advanced CA O CA O PHH ••P
  4. 4. The Rolling Stones: that 50-year itch …Level 3 Advanced 4 Find the wordFind the following words and phrases in the text.1. a two-word adjective meaning earning the most money (para 3)2. a two-word noun phrase meaning a soft mass of almost solid blood that blocks a tube in your body (para 5)3. a verb meaning to walk in an especially confident and proud way (para 7)4. a noun meaning a feeling of disagreement between people (para 8)5. an adjective meaning extremely annoying (para 9)6. a verb meaning to suggest something as a subject for discussion (para 11)7. a four-word expression meaning to refuse firmly and immediately to do something, give something or deal with something in a sympathetic way (para 11) 5 Verb + noun collocationsMatch the verbs in the left-hand column with the nouns or noun phrases in the right-hand column.1. take to a. surgery2. clean up b. someone’s place3. take c. a band4. release d. the road5. undergo e. an album6. form f. your act 6 Word-buildingComplete the sentences using the correct form of the words in brackets at the end of each sentence.1. The new album features _______________________ footage of the band from their 1978 tour. [SEE]2. Ronnie Wood looks _______________________ the same as he did thirty years ago. [ESSENTIAL]3. Their greatest achievement is their _______________________. [SURVIVE]4. They produced some _______________________ performances during the 1978 tour. [ELECTRIFY]5. Ronnie Wood is _______________________ single. [CONTENT]6. There is an _______________________ frisson when the possibility of a reunion tour is mentioned. [DENY] 7 DiscussionHow do you think a group like the Rolling Stones has managed to survive and be successful for so long? D • TE DE E SI A L EB LO B W N IA M W P© Macmillan Publishers Ltd 2011 O DO O FR BE C N T ONEWS LESSONS / The Rolling Stones: that 50-year itch … / Advanced CA O H •P
  5. 5. The Rolling Stones: that 50-year itch …Level 3 AdvancedKEY1 Key words 4 Find the word1. vice 1. highest-grossing2. weather-beaten 2. blood clot3. surreal 3. strut4. swaggers 4. friction5. hell-bent 5. unbearable6. sanguine 6. moot7. poignant 7. give someone short shrift8. demented9. hellraiser10. frisson 5 Verb + noun collocations 1. d2 What do you know? 2. f 3. b1. F 4. e2. T 5. a3. T 6. c4. F5. T6. F 6 Word-building 1. unseen3 Comprehension check 2. essentially 3. survival1. b 4. electrifying2. c 5. contentedly3. b 6. undeniable4. a D • TE DE E SI A L EB LO B W N IA© Macmillan Publishers Ltd 2011 M W P O DO O FR BE C N T ONEWS LESSONS / The Rolling Stones: that 50-year itch … / Advanced O H •P CA

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