Stones in Exile

Synopsis: 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.
61 min

From the top, then, lads.

I think you

can use the Stones as markers.

They certainly captured the times.

The hippy, peace, love, acid thing

has long gone,

and they're different times.

There was something in the air,

Coppola was making Apocalypse Now.

There was definitely the sense

that the Sixties didn't work,

and that you either had to blow up

the system or flee from it.

From the artwork to the music,

it was a Rolling Stones record

that wasn't the big, popular album.

What year was it? '72?

I know the folklore, obviously.

They were getting away from,

running away from England.

Why did they...?

So they literally got booted out.

English tax exiles. Seemed to be

a popular English rock'n'roll story.

They had to go and almost implode,

in a way.

The sense of being exiled,

the sense of being... "You can't go home."

I think this music reflects that.

He's going the wrong way.

We used to go that way.

Let's go the way we used to go.

When I started talking about

making this film,

I said, "We're never gonna do this.

"We're never gonna go

to where we recorded it."

That was your booth.

You lived in there.

I didn't, I wasn't always,

I was out here a lot.

- That was my booth.

- Only when we let him.

We used to try experimental things,

cos it was a nice, big room.

One bloke could be there,

while I was here,

doing something else.

We did a lot of versions of things.

We did them over and over.

The thing about Exile On Main St.

is that there wasn't a master plan,

we just accumulated material

knowing that we would use it one day.

So we just came in and recorded.

This is really weird. You come back

to something you did 40 years ago,

it doesn't really matter.

You've got to look back at the big picture,

you got really good things out of it.

- Where were we? Boring, really.

- That's about as good as it gets.

That old f***ing recording session...

I mean, boring.

Who gives a sh*t?

The Lucifer of Rock, the Pied Piper,

the rebellious young millions,

who, in the 1960s,

made rock music the official language

of their unfocused,

but unmistakable affection,

from tradition...

Middle America couldn't believe

what was happening to their kids.

They were listening to this music,

buying their albums,

album covers with pictures of the boys

lying around in homes, making parents sick.

People across the country thought,

"What can we expect next from the Stones?"

American Top 40.

The second-biggest foreign act

ever to hit the American charts

has had five number one singles

and ten consecutive gold LPs.

The green stuff they gather isn't moss.

The Rolling Stones.

Are you any more satisfied now?

Financially, dissatisfied.

You know...

Sexually, satisfied.

Philosophically, trying.

We'd been working hard,

we were a very successful band,

we'd sold a lot of records

but we weren't getting paid,

cos the record contracts

were giving us such a low royalty.

We found out that we had

a management company guy

who claimed that he owned

everything we were doing

in the past and always would in the future.

Touring, records, publishing songs,

everything, he said he owned it.

So we had to get rid of him

and try and get out of this

ridiculous Byzantine mess

that you've created for yourself.

We were supposed to live this life,

limousines, you had to have,

and this, that and the other.

The money just flew,

so you were always in debt.

None of us had paid tax.

We thought we had.

We thought that had been dealt with,

and it hadn't.

Tax, under the Labour government

of Wilson was 93%.

If you earned a million quid,

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