A new limited edtion print by Ronnie Wood, availabe for collectors now.
Please Allow Me–
20 Colour Screenprint on Heavy Paper Stock
Paper Size 40.5" x 30" / Image Size 31" x 22
Very Limited Edtion of 175
The arena goes dark, there's a moment of silence, but just as you ask yourself "what's coming ne..", chi, chi, chi, tat, tat, tat, a red glow slowly raises to bathe the stage while the maracas become louder. And now you and thirty thousand others realize the answer at once. From the panarama of black and dim red, you hear the confirming disembodied cry "OW-, OW-". A split moment later you see it, rising from beneath the Stones stage, the spirit that possesses the body of Mick has arrived, and announces "Please Allow Me..."
Originally called The Devil Is My Name, it started as an acoustic folk song that took hold and evolved in the studio into a samba. "Songs can metamorphosis. And Sympathy for the Devil is one of those songs that started off like one thing, I wrote it one way and then we started to change the rhythm. And then it became completely different. And then it got very exciting" said Mick Jagger.
Sympathy For The Devil was first heard by the world at the end of 1968, a time when the world seemed to be turned upside down and the music of the Stones echoed the emotional anxiety of the moment. As a direct consequence, the Rolling Stones were under constant fire by the press, religious leaders, parent groups and even governments for a variety of moral corruption charges. But one extreme claim had begun to take root, that the Rolling Stones promoted Satanism. A ridiculous allegation of course, but then again, they had just come out with Their Satanic Majesties Request.
"When that song was written, it was a time of turmoil. It was the first sort of international chaos since World War II. And confusion is not the ally of peace and love. You want to think the world is perfect. Everybody gets sucked into that." Keith Richards.
Sympathy for the Devil answered the call of the moment perfectly. It mocked and parodied the claims that they were evil or demonic, it gave them and their fans the chance to stare down both their critics and the fears of the day. But yet, it also declared evil is in the world around us, rather then on the Stones Stage.
"Sympathy is quite an uplifting song. It's just a matter of looking the devil in the face. He's there all the time. I've had very close contact with Lucifer - I've met him several times. Evil - people tend to bury it and hope it sorts itself out and doesn't rear its ugly head." - Keith Richards
Since it's inception, Sympathy has been more then the calling card of the legendary band, it has taken on a life of its own. And Ronnie Wood has perfectly captured it and all it embodies. Starting with the choice to paint what might be MIck Jagger's most unforgettable performance from the Voodoo Lounge tour. So much so, the Rock and Roll Hall of fame made the now iconic costume Jagger wore for the song during that tour, a part of their permanent public collection.
A top hat adorned with tied chicken bones, colored feathers and a fringe of small shells lining the top edge, perfectly sits upon Mick's head as he swaggers and struts moving to his own intoxicating rhythm. His face is intense as it delivers the lyrics like a sermon from beyond. HIs eyes are hidden behind dark glasses forbidding the chance to peek inside. The message of the words and music takes control of him and through the laced cuffed sleeves of his long tail coat his arms articulate forces greater them him, like a preacher in an old time tent revival. All this so perfectly caught by the brush of Wood, it feels as if the thin layer of paint is fighting to hold it's will onto the paper.