Hey you, get off my cloud – but do join my Twitter feed...
Sunday 16 December 2012
Despite having been the targets of ageism since about 1977, The Rolling Stones' ability to conjure up momentum – not least exorbitant ticket prices – shows no sign of abating. With the group half a century old, and boasting a combined age of roughly 904, social media was a very different place when they last hit the road five years ago (Friends Reunited anyone?).
The relentless manner by which the Stones brand of 2012 has invaded Twitter of late confirms that one of entertainment's most formidable marketing machines of the past 50 years remains at the height of its powers. For those of us unwilling to fork out hundreds for the honour of seeing ol' Jumpin' Jack Flash strutting his stuff on a stage half a mile away, there has been a live Twitter feed of shows, exhaustive in its mission to highlight exactly what the more skint and miserly end of the fan base is missing.
As for the excitable boffin curiously employed to tweet us the lyrics of Brown Sugar during the gigs, I may have judged the said individual harshly.
'At times I thought he was me'film
Review: One Direction, Fourmusic
Review: The World of Ice and Firebooks
Film More romcom than S&M
Review: The Imitation Gamefilm
Comedy...to show her mastectomy scars
TVNetflix gets cryptic
TV review A moving film showing kids too busy to enjoy their youth
Books Not even a Man Booker prize could save Richard Flanagan from a nomination
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Universities aren't working us hard enough, say undergraduates
- 2 Lego letter from the 1970s still offers a powerful message to parents 40 years later
- 3 To help fuel their propaganda machine against the poor, our government has now decided to redefine the word 'welfare'
- 4 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
- 5 Grayson Perry: London needs affordable housing because 'rich people don't create culture'
Strictly Come Dancing 2014 results: Steve Backshall and Ola Jordan sent home
Iggy Azalea responds to Eminem rape lyrics: 'I'm bored of old men threatening young women'
British culture 'flatlining' as funds dwindle, says academic
Tom DeLonge compares streaming music to killing elephants
Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking leaked footage from Lana Del Rey rape video
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Rochester aftermath: Sacking of Emily Thornberry will make work of Labour MPs '10 times harder'
Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services