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Rock’n’roll Lazarus

india Updated: Aug 20, 2008 22:49 IST
Hindustan Times
Keith Richards

Asong can be such a life-affirming thing. If it’s the case of Briton Sam Carter, it can literally be so. We’re not too sure yet whether the Mick Jagger-Keith Richards 1965 classic Satisfaction — the complete title of which is (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, woke Mr Carter up from a 10-week coma because of its powerful riff or because of its double negative thereby subliminally signifying satisfaction. But one thing’s for sure, the 60-year-old gent, who had lost consciousness after contracting severe anaemia did open his eyes when the Stones nugget was blared into his ears.

Keith Richards reportedly came up with the riff in his sleep, which — along with the words “I can’t get no satisfaction” — he woke up in the night to record on a cassette recorder. The comatose/sleeping conditions of the listener/creator may have created a sublime connection between Mr Carter and Mr Richards. But then Connection is another Rolling Stones song.