Waiting On A Friend / The Rolling Stones / Michael Lindsay-Hogg / 1981
In her book, Calhoun is also careful to point out that there was a downside to the much-glamourised “Fear City” New York of the 1970s and 1980s, hymned again in Garth Risk Hallberg’s new novel City on Fire. Growing up on the street she and other children were “witness to an endless parade of murderers, pedophiles, and drug addicts”, she writes, “were groped in movie theaters” and “found used condoms and weapons in playground sandboxes”.
“When you were a child it sucked,” Calhoun recalls. “It was absolutely terrible. It was a really dangerous place. It was filthy. And there were always homeless people sleeping in the lobby. There was always a junkie nodding out on the corner. There were always drug dealers walking down the block, and they’d be hissing at you … I’m like 11; I’m not going to buy pot from you.” ➡︎
As Mick and Keith walk to the bar, the camera pauses for a moment -- about three seconds, an eternity in a music video --- on a young blond man looking out his window. He looks like he's daydreaming or maybe waiting on a friend of his own. That's Eddie.
He only earned about $13, but those few seconds have made him a little famous. Just a little. ➡︎
◼︎ Stones LP, Tour Due Soon / Rolling Stone / 1981