Robert Greenfield's latest books include Timothy Leary: A Biography, and S.T.P.: A Journey Through America with the Rolling Stones. An award-winning novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and journalist, he lives in California.
Exile on Main Street: A Season in Hell with the Rolling Stonesby Robert Greenfield
Recorded during the blazing hot summer of 1971 at Villa Nellcôte, Keith Richards's seaside mansion in southern France, Exile on Main Street has been hailed as 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/i>
Recorded during the blazing hot summer of 1971 at Villa Nellcôte, Keith Richards's seaside mansion in southern France, Exile on Main Street has been hailed as 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 an unrivaled crew of hangers-on-spent their days smoking, snorting, and drinking whatever they could get their hands on, while at night, Villa Nellcôte's basement studio became the crucible in which creative strife, outsized egos, and all the 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 Street.
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I found this book tedious and boring. I never thought I would say that about the stones. Most of the sources seem to be half-wits who are clinging onto there minor associations with the band. The author adds no insight at all into the making of one of the greataest albums in rock history. Instead, he focuses on all the drugs the band is taking.(Is this news to anyone, what the stones did drugs? I never knew.)The only thing vaguely interesting is the visit Gram Parsons had with Keith, and that is only like two pages. I would avoid this book if your looking to find some insight into the world of the stones.
This book gives you a true understanding of what drugs do to people. To me, this band are low lives with money. I love the Stones and grew up with a crush on Mick Jagger. I still love them and they are very talented. I recently also read Life about Keith Richards and have more respect for this band member now.