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Cocksucker Blues (1972)

This fly-on-the-wall documentary follows the Rolling Stones on their 1972 North American Tour, their first return to the States since the tragedy at Altamont. Because of the free-form ... See full summary »

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Robert Frank
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Cast

Credited cast:
Truman Capote ... Himself
Dick Cavett ... Himself
Marshall Chess Marshall Chess ... Himself
Chris Collins Chris Collins ... Connection
Ahmet Ertegun ... Himself
Steve Geolke Steve Geolke ... Make-Up Man
Nicky Hopkins Nicky Hopkins ... Himself
Bianca Jagger ... Herself
Mick Jagger ... Himself
Bobby Keyes Bobby Keyes ... Himself
Bobby Keys Bobby Keys ... Himself (as Bobby Keyes)
Otto Levine Otto Levine ... Producer
Jim Price Jim Price ... Himself
Lee Radziwill ... Herself (as Princess Radziwill)
Keith Richards ... Himself
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This fly-on-the-wall documentary follows the Rolling Stones on their 1972 North American Tour, their first return to the States since the tragedy at Altamont. Because of the free-form nature of filming, Cocksucker Blues captured band members and entourage members taking part in events the Rolling Stones preferred not to publicize. It can only legally be screened with director Robert Frank in attendance. The title of the film is the same of that of a Rolling Stones song (aka Schoolboy Blues), which was written to complete the band's contractual obligations to Decca Records and specifically to be unreleasable. Written by Zack Kushner

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

CS Blues See more »

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Mono
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The Rolling Stones were upset by this film's portrayal of them and sued to prevent its release. The film is under a court order that only allows it to be shown once a year with director Robert Frank present in person. See more »

Connections

Featured in Stones in Exile (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

If You've Got Time (To Say Goodbye)
(uncredited)
Written and Performed by Merle Haggard
(played during the poker game)
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Yawning pit of glittery asinine decadence
24 June 1999 | by AliceGSee all my reviews

The defining moment of this film is watching an inhumanly bored Charlie Watts staring morosely at commercials on a hotel television screen. In fact, you'll find yourself slumped in a chair somewhat like Charlie as you watch this haggard, limply compelling shambles of a documentary. The Stones themselves come off less as satan's own emissaries on earth and more as boring, boorish, and mundane teenagers -- emissaries of casual personal disintegration. It all leaves one feeling icky, stained, and disrespectful of rock legends, which is probably why it's impossible to see today. That, and the scenes with groupies having sex and roadies shooting up and nodding off. Interminably boring and unstructured, but probably a dead-on accurate portrait of a travelling rock band.


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