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July 17, 2007

Stones on YouTube

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Back the early '70s, the Rolling Stones commissioned the gloomy Beat photographer Robert Frank to make a documentary about them. "Cocksucker Blues," the resulting film, has never been released commercially. With its footage showing many of the Stones as the egomaniacs and druggies they then were, it was nothing the boys wanted shown in public. So what's this short clip doing on YouTube? And this one? Pretty soon it'll be impossible to keep a banned movie banned.

Stones fans owe it to themselves to catch up with the work of heroic uploader BumNote. I especially enjoyed this performance of "Bitch." Is that from "Ladies and Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones"?

I wrote about the Stones here; and about Jimmy Miller, the producer who helped the Stones make some of their best music, here.



posted by Michael at July 17, 2007


Outside a few of their hits, I never could groove to the Stones. Their sound was way too muddy and discombobulated for my tastes. They always sounded like their stuff had been rehearsed one time the day before they came to the studio to record it. FWIW, I always thought Steppenwolf covered this part of the early rock music scene with better style and musical aplomb. A smoother, more polished grittiness, if you will.

Posted by: Charlton Griffin on July 17, 2007 6:44 PM

The Stones are the greatest rock'n'roll band of all time, period. No one else comes close.

VERY solid selection of clips. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by: Lexington Green on July 17, 2007 11:34 PM

Ah, the stones. I always knew they were just children. But I loved them.

Posted by: Luke Lea on July 18, 2007 1:37 AM

The Stones were Huck Finn to the Beatles' Tom Sawyer.

Posted by: ricpic on July 18, 2007 10:28 AM

A couple of years ago, I picked up a bootleg DVD of “C**ksucker Blues”. The camera work is very clumsy. Yeah, cinema verite was chic at the time, but much of this work is a mess because the camera crew were a bunch of junkies. I thought the Stones came off in a much better light than what I was expecting (the legendary debauchery depicted in this film nowhere near what I was expecting.) The segment showing them working at Muscle Shoals studios (working on, if memory serves me correctly, “Brown Sugar”) is great, though.

I agree with Charlton’s assessment of the Stones. They had their moments (Satisfaction, Gimme Shelter), but I never really got into their sloppiness, whereas I’m a fanatic for The Beatles, The Who, and The Kinks. That being said, I’m much rather listen to the Stones than the crap being heralded today.

Posted by: Logical Meme on July 19, 2007 10:22 PM

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