09/13/16 10:33am

cocksucker-blues

“Robert Frank isn’t that interested in satisfying your expectations as a viewer,” said Anthony DeCurtis, veteran music journalist and professional Rolling Stones fan. Frank’s 1973 documentary Cocksucker Blues features what DeCurtis calls “the strongest version” of the band, touring to promote Exile on Main Street and “playing their asses off.”

It’s also a movie few people have seen.

Under the terms of a settlement between Frank and the Stones, the film, which was never officially released, can only be shown four times a year. BAM snagged two of those spots for 2016, with screenings on September 22. (While both shows are sold out, but BAM assured us that there will be standby tickets released before each screening.)

Cocksucker Blues follows the Stones on their 1972 tour for Exile on Main Street. It was supposed to be the chronicle of a comeback, the first time the band had returned to the U.S. after the disaster that was Altamont in 1969, and they hired Frank, embedding him backstage, in hotel rooms and on their tour plane, to create a documentary along the way.

Needless to say they were not pleased with Frank’s final cut.

The finished product depicts heavy drug use and sex, including Mick Jagger snorting cocaine, a groupie shooting heroin and, yes, befitting the title, blowjobs. Still, given all we know about rock and roll culture in general and the Stones specifically, how does this documentary still possess the power to shock?

DeCurtis, who for a time possessed a VHS copy of the movie, though it mysteriously disappeared from his office, he told us, argues that a film like this simply wouldn’t be made today. (more…)

07/10/16 11:30am
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Mick Jagger and Keith Richards Photo: Larry Rogers, via Wikimedia Commons)

“What’s it like to live in a world where the Stones were always there?” Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards remarked to then-26-year-old journalist Rich Cohen in 1994. “For you, there’s always been the sun and the moon and the Rolling Stones.”

The legendary rock and roll guitarist raised a good point: Has there ever been a moment when the Rolling Stones weren’t a part of our lives? The “World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band” has been a permanent fixture not just in music but in pop culture–not a day goes by without some reference to The Rolling Stones, their music or their antics appearing in everyday life, whether that’s on the television, the radio or in conversation.  (more…)