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Hard Rock: Wax Museum at the Grevin Wax Museum in Prague Creates Mick Jagger Statue

Hard Rock: Wax Museum at the Grevin Wax Museum in Prague  Creates Mick Jagger Statue

Image: Grevin Wax Museum hairdresser Virginie Dahan puts the final touches to Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger wax statue in the Grevin Wax Museum in Prague

Hard Rock: Wax Museum Creates Mick Jagger Statue


By Matthew Nighswander

As his band’s name would suggest, Mick Jagger is not known for standing still. The lead singer of the Rolling Stones has always been known for his frenetic (some might say spastic) onstage movements, something he’s been able to maintain even as he turned 70 last year. For the opening of the Grevin Wax Museum in Prague on May 1, a team of fifteen artists, including sculptors, moulders, dressmakers, make-up artists, wig makers, hairdressers along with lighting and set designers and sound engineers, were involved in the creation of the hyper-realistic statues. It takes at least three weeks to transform a lump of clay into a recognizable celebrity. The Jagger statue is uncannily believable, except that Jagger never stands still.
A hairdresser, above, adds the finishing touches to the statue of Mick Jagger at the Grevin Wax Museum in Prague on April 24.


Image: Grevin Wax Museum painter Bruneau works on the head of Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger at their workshop in Paris PHILIPPE WOJAZER / Reuters

Grevin Wax Museum painter Franck Bruneau works on the head of Mick Jagger at a workshop in Paris on April 9.

Image: Grevin Wax Museum technician Matthieu Verrier works on the head of Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger at their workshop in Paris PHILIPPE WOJAZER / Reuters

Grevin Wax Museum technician Matthieu Verrier works on the head of Mick Jagger in a workshop in Paris on Feb. 11.

The counterculture of the 1960s was marked by a growing distrust of government

The counterculture of the 1960s was marked by a growing distrust of government




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The American Counterculture refers to the period between 1964-1972 when the norms of the 1950s were rejected by youth.
Key Points

◾Counterculture youth rejected the cultural standards of their parents, especially with respect to racial segregation, the Vietnam War, sexual mores, women’s rights, and materialism.

◾Hippies were the largest countercultural classification comprising mostly white members of the middle class.

The counterculture movement divided the country.

◾The movement died in the early 1970s because most of their goals had become mainstream, and because of rising economic troubles.


To defeat forcibly.


Inflation accompanied by stagnant growth, unemployment or recession.


Any culture whose values and lifestyles are opposed to those of the established mainstream culture, especially to western culture.

A counterculture developed in the United States in late 1960s. This movement lasted from approximately 1964 to 1972, and it coincided with America’s involvement in Vietnam. A counterculture is the rejection of conventional social norms – in this case the norms of the 1950s . The counterculture youth rejected the cultural standards of their parents, specifically racial segregation and initial widespread support for the Vietnam War.

Woodstock Youth

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This photo was taken near the Woodstock Music Festival in August, 1969. The counterculture in the 1960s was characterized by young people breaking away from the traditional culture of the 1950s.

As the 1960s progressed, widespread tensions developed in American society that tended to flow along generational lines regarding the war in Vietnam , race relations, sexual mores, women’s rights, traditional modes of authority, and a materialist interpretation of the American Dream. White, middle class youth, who made up the bulk of the counterculture, had sufficient leisure time to turn their attention to social issues, thanks to widespread economic prosperity.

Vietnam War Protest

The counterculture of the 1960s was marked by a growing distrust of government
, which included anti-war protests like this.
Unconventional appearance, music, drugs, communitarian experiments, and sexual liberation were hallmarks of the sixties counterculture, most of whose members were white, middle-class young Americans. Hippies became the largest countercultural group in the United States . The counterculture reached its peak in the 1967 “Summer of Love,” when thousands of young people flocked to the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco. The counterculture lifestyle integrated many of the ideals and indulgences of the time: peace, love, harmony, music, and mysticism. Meditation, yoga, and psychedelic drugs were embraced as routes to expanding one’s consciousness.

The Peace Sign
The peace sign became a major symbol of the counterculture of the 1960s.

Rejection of mainstream culture was best embodied in the new genres of psychedelic rock music, pop-art, and new explorations in spirituality. Musicians who exemplified this era include The Beatles, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, and Pink Floyd.

New forms of musical presentation also played a key role in spreading the counterculture, mainly large outdoor rock festivals. The climactic live statement of this occurred from August 15–18, 1969, with the Woodstock Music Festival held in Bethel, New York. During this festival, 32 of rock and psychedelic rock’s most popular acts performing live outdoors over the course of a weekend to an audience of half a million people.

Countercultural sentiments were expressed in song lyrics and popular sayings of the period, such as “do your own thing,” “turn on, tune in, drop out,” “whatever turns you on,” “eight miles high,” “sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll,” and “light my fire. ” Spiritually, the counterculture included interest in astrology, the term “Age of Aquarius,” and knowing people’s signs.

The counterculture movement divided the country. To some Americans, these attributes reflected American ideals of free speech, equality, world peace, and the pursuit of happiness. To others, the counterculture movement reflected a self-indulgent, pointlessly rebellious, unpatriotic, and destructive assault on America’s traditional moral order.

In an effort to quash the movement, authorities banned the psychedelic drug LSD, restricted political gatherings, and tried to enforce bans on what they considered obscenity in books, music, theater, and other media. In the end, the counterculture collapsed on its own around 1973.

Two main reasons are cited for the collapse. First, the most popular of the movement’s political goals—civil rights, civil liberties, gender equality, environmentalism, and the end of the Vietnam War—were accomplished (to at least a significant degree), and its most popular social attributes, particularly a “live and let live” mentality in personal lifestyles (the “sexual revolution”)—were co-opted by mainstream society. Second, a decline of idealism and hedonism occured as many notable counterculture figures died and the rest settled into mainstream society and started their own families.

The “magic economy” of the 1960s gave way to the stagflation of the 1970s, the latter costing many middle-class Americans the luxury of being able to live outside conventional social institutions. The counterculture, however, continues to influence social movements, art, music, and society in general, and the post-1973 mainstream society has been in many ways a hybrid of the 1960s establishment and counterculture—seen as the best (or the worst) of both worlds.




Real-life rolling stones creep across Death Valley in California

This picture reveals a bizarre event that is rocking the science world – the real-life rolling stones.

Death Valley rolling stones: Real-life rolling stones creep across Death Valley in California

These amazing roaming rocks move in bizarre straight line patterns across the ultra-flat surface of Death Valley Photo: CATERS
Amid the eerie silence and the intense 50C heat of California’s Death Valley roaming rocks appear to patrol the desert.

The rocks, some as heavy as 250lbs, move unaided in bizarre straight line patterns across the ultra-flat surface of the valley.

Scientists believe the pebbly phenomenon is caused by a melting-pot of specific weather conditions.

Studies suggest a combination of 90mph winds, ice formations at night and thin layers of wet clay on the surface of the desert all combine to push them along.

Photographer Mike Byrne, 40, has spent years documenting the mysterious movements of the stones.

As this pictures show, the stones leave trails across the sand in places almost untouched by man.

He said: “Some of these rocks are as heavy as a person, it is really is strange to imagine them gliding across the desert like this.

“They must be the original real-life rolling stones, they just keep moving through the sand and I don’t think anyone has really 100 per cent worked it out yet.

“Most of the stones are found on an old lake bed, known as the Racetrack Playa, where the ground is particularly flat.

“It has been documented over the years and it is something very special to witness, although I know climatologists believe the phenomenon could disappear in a few years as the temps continue to rise.

“One of the strongest theories about what the rocks move is that water rising from beneath the surface of the sand is pushed by the wind creating a surface the rocks can move along.”

Death Valley is the lowest point in the US, at 282 feet below sea level.

It is almost completely flat and holds the record for the second highest temperature ever recorded on earth, a blistering 58C.

In the 1990s a study by a team of scientists lead by Professor John Reid, from Hampshire College, Massachusetts, attempted to explain the rocks movement.

His study concluded that the rocks may be moved when they become embedded in sheets of ice forming at night on the surface of the sand.

As the sand melts Prof Reid said that the rocks were moved along by the ice and wind forming the incredible patterns.