Sympathy for the Devil by Tim PrattThe Devil is known by many names: Serpent, Tempter, Beast, Adversary, Wanderer, Dragon, Rebel. His traps and machinations are the stuff of legends. His faces are legion. No matter what face the devil wears, Sympathy for the Devil has them all. Edited by Tim Pratt, Sympathy for the Devil collects the best Satanic short stories by Neil Gaiman, Holly Black, Stephen King, Kage Baker, Charles Stross, Elizabeth Bear, Jay Lake, Kelly Link, China Mieville, Michael Chabon, and many others, revealing His Grand Infernal Majesty, in all his forms. Thirty-five stories, from classics to the cutting edge, exploring the many sides of Satan, Lucifer, the Lord of the Flies, the Father of Lies, the Prince of the Powers of the Air and Darkness, the First of the Fallen... and a Man of Wealth and Taste. Sit down and spend a little time with the Devil.
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It is the opening track on their album Beggars Banquet. Jagger sings in first person narrative as the Devil , [ citation needed ] boasting his role in each of several historical atrocities. The singer then ironically demands our courtesy towards him, implicitly chastising the listener for our collective culpability in the listed killings and crimes. In the documentary Crossfire Hurricane , Jagger stated that his influence for the song came from Baudelaire and from the Russian author Mikhail Bulgakov 's novel The Master and Margarita which had just appeared in English translation in The book was given to him by Marianne Faithfull. In a interview with Rolling Stone , Jagger said, "I think that was taken from an old idea of Baudelaire 's, I think, but I could be wrong. Sometimes when I look at my Baudelaire books, I can't see it in there.
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F ifty years ago this week Mick Jagger became the Devil. The results would be devastating. Its occult pretensions pretty much began and ended with the title, but it was a sign of something coming. But during recording, guitarist Keith Richards suggested its trademark samba beat. So to white people, it has a very sinister thing about it. Musicians and artists had played with devilry before but for pop this was something else. Jagger WAS the Devil!