Does anyone who enjoys the Rolling Stones care that Rich Cohen has outed that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards hate each other?
That bit of gossip is in Cohen's book "The Sun & The Moon & The Rolling Stones." Here's the dirt in tabloid New York Post.
Way back at the end of the rock 'n roll early 70s we discussed in a graduate seminar on criticism (very erudite) at an Ivy League University this: Did it matter if the creators of great art had good character or got along with each other?
We put the best minds on it. The answer was: Hell, no.
In fact, tensions, the more intense the better, can generate creative destruction. The mental models of all can blow up. There is a new platform for music, painting, television productions, editorial projects, and films.
Recently, Vanity Fair chronicled the creative destruction between Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep in "Kramer vs. Kramer."
And, who hasn't participated in breakthrough projects with superiors and colleagues we hate, even after they die?
My mortal enemies at Chevron, the boss' boss and the head of the whole department, pumped the most out of me. Together, we got executives published in top media at the time, such as Newsweek. My relief at their deaths came from the realization that I could no longer fear losing control, spitting in their faces, and being arrested.
Cohen's book might delight the gossip set. They need fresh trivia to hold their little universes together. However, it won't affect the current sales revenues and the legacy of the Rolling Stones.
Talent has a natural pull force that can't be resisted.