Rocks of Ages

The most famous connection between pop music and ancient megaliths is Stonehenge, the heavy — metal ode to the Druids by the spoof band Spinal Tap. But in real life, the key connection is Julian Cope, the rocker turned author and mythographer who makes his home near the 5,000 — year — old circle of standing stones at Avebury in Wiltshire, England. "I've been traveling for 13 years just looking at stones," says Cope, once the frontman for postpunk stars the Teardrop Explodes. "To understand them is to understand a way of thinking that goes back at least 6,000 years. They're...