Exile on Main Street

Exile on Main Street

A Season in Hell With the Rolling Stones

Book - 2006
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Recorded during the blazing summer of 1971 at Villa Nellcote, Keith Richards' seaside mansion in the south of France, Exile on Main St. has been hailed as one of the Rolling Stones' best albums-and one of the greatest rock records of all time. Yet its improbable creation was difficult, torturous...and at times nothing short of dangerous.In self-imposed exile, the Stones-along with wives, girlfriends, and a crew of hangers-on unrivaled in the history of rock-spent their days smoking, snorting, and drinking whatever they could get their hands on. At night, the band descended like miners into the villa's dank basementto lay down tracks. Out of those grueling sessions came the familiar riffs and rhythms of "Rocks Off," "Tumbling Dice," "Happy," and "Sweet Virginia."All the while, a variety of celebrities-John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and Gram Parsons among them-stumbled through the villa's neverending party, as did the local drug dealers, known to one and all as "les cowboys." Villa Nellcote became the crucible in which creative strife, outsize egos, and allthe usual byproducts of the Stones' legendary hedonistic excess fused into something potent, volatile, and enduring.Here, for the first time, is the season in hell that produced Exile on Main St.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Da Capo ; London : Perseus Running [distributor], 2006.
ISBN: 9780306814334
Branch Call Number: 782.4216 Greenfie 2006
Characteristics: 258 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm.


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Sep 23, 2018

This is one of the best books about the making of an album. It captures the nodded out vibe of Exile on Main Street in all its glory and grimness. I don't think the book is excessively lurid- it just tells it like it was.

Jun 22, 2016

A season in Hell indeed. Not much fun in this book, a telling of the Stones at their worst personally and the end of their most creative period.
Written with many stories told third hand and not verified who knows what is true and what isn't?
Not a fun read, more like reading The Star or The Enquirer.
Only to die hard Stones fans.
As stated in the book there is very little here that is really about their music. Just titillating gossip and innuendo.


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