Paint It Black, The Song, and The Novel
A Review of Paint It Black, a novel by Janet Fitch
Happy Friday the 13th. Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones release of their iconic song “Paint It Black.” I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate this anniversary than with a brief discussion of the song, and since Late Last Night Books is a literary blog, include a review of Janet Fitch’s 2006 best selling novel by the same name.
Astute readers will notice the album cover has a coma between “It” and “Black.” Grammarians among us will interrupt this to mean a man by the name of Black is being instructed to paint “It”…whatever “It” is. This must have been to the great consternation of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, the songwriters, who properly did not include the comma in the song’s title. It’s also worth noting that the title phrase does not appear in the song. The lyric is “I see a red door and I want it painted black.”