Tracing the creation of Exile on Main Street from the original songwriting done while touring America through the final editing in Los Angeles, Bill Janovitz explains how an album recorded by a British band in a villa on the French Riviera is pure American rock & roll. Looking at each song individually, Janovitz unveils the innovative recording techniques, personal struggles, and rock & roll mythmaking that culminated in this pivotal album.
About the Author
Bill Janovitz is a singer, guitarist, and songwriter in the band Buffalo Tom. He has also released three solo albums. He has written extensively for the All Music Guide online site, www.allmusic.com. He lives in Massachusetts.
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A fascinating insight into the greatest album ever made, read and listen to the album at the same time and take your appreciation to a whole new level....
Written in two parts.Part 1 is about the overarching elements of the album: the cover art by photographer Robert Frank. The Stones, like characters from a Pynchon novel, find themselves barricaded in a French villa still showing signs of Nazi occupation. The sixties are over; the band is ready to shed any pretenses of the reverb-drenched flower children. The technicolor robes and wizard hats come off and we see they've been palming bottles of brown liquor and pills all the while. The reader may find themselves wanting more of this background story; juicy stories of absent Keith nodded off while the others are sweating in the basement at Nellcote like dishwashers; alert Keith laying down tracks while Mick is away neurotically checking on Bianca... But all these are beyond the scope of this book, which is by necessity brief.Part 2 is a song-by-song review of the album. Janovitz has obviously listened to the album many, many times, and had time to formulate his own colorful picture of what he's hearing, lyrically and instrumentally. Perhaps more than is actually there, but that's testament to his deep love of the album.