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In 1971, to get breathing room from tax and management problems, the Stones go to France. Jimmy Miller parks a recording truck next to Keith Richards and Anita Pallenberg's Blue Coast villa, and by June the band is in the basement a few days at a time. Upstairs, heroin, bourbon, and visitors are everywhere. The Stones, other musicians and crew, Pallenberg, and photographer Dominique Tarle, plus old clips and photos and contemporary footage, provide commentary on the album's haphazard construction. By September, the villa is empty; Richards and Jagger complete production in LA. "Exile on Main Street" is released to mediocre reviews that soon give way to lionization.Written by
Good documentary on the making of one of the greatest albums of all time
Good documentary on the making of one of the greatest albums of all time (second best, in my opinion, only to Led Zeppelin IV). Captures well the chaotic conditions that the album was recorded under, and how this fed through into the music.
Too short though, and only really scratches the surface in terms of examining the band's dynamic, and the creative genius behind the writing and recording of the songs.
Great to hear all those fantastic songs in their raw form, being recorded.
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