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Rolling Stones songs: Dangerous Beauty
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Who you got there in that hood, you look so fancy in those photographs…
Written by: Jagger/Richards
Recorded: Studio France, West Indies, Nov- 2004; Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles, USA, March 7-9 and June 6-28 2005
*Data taken from Martin Elliott’s book THE ROLLING STONES COMPLETE RECORDING SESSIONS 1962-2012
This song was written about Private Lynndie England and the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal in Iraq. After Saddam Hussein’s fall, the Abu Ghraib prison was used by American forces in Iraq. In 2003, it became clear that the guards were mistreating the prisoners and photos surfaced to prove it. England was in several of the photos and implicated in the scandal. The was sentenced to 3 years in military prison.
From the The Rolling Stones – All the Songs book:
“Dangerous Beauty” turns the spotlight on one of the most resounding
scandals perpetrated by the US Army in Iraq. In 2003, the former
penitentiary complex of Abu Ghraib, a detention center of fearsome repute
under the regime of Saddam Hussein, was reopened by the United States
and converted into a prison for soldiers of the Iraq Army. The dissemination
all over the world a year later of photographs showing tortured solders
forced to submit to the sexual whims of their American jailers provoked an
outcry. One picture had a particular impact on spectators and incensed the
international community. It showed a woman holding a prisoner on a leash.
Her name? Lynndie England. She is the dangerous beauty referred to by
Mick Jagger, the one nicknamed the lady with the leash. You look so fancy
in those photographs/With your rubber gloves on/You’re a favorite with the
Chiefs of Staff, he sings, castigating US imperialism in passing.
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