Friday, September 23, 2011

A TV OFF A BALCONY. REALLY?


You have heard of Cocksucker Blues, right? The 1972 film by Robert Frank could loosely be called a documentary, but it's really more like home movies of the Stones and their entourage, indulging in just about every decadent 70's rock cliché in the book. Naked groupies on planes, Charlie Watts playing shitty pool, Keith Richards tossing a TV off of a hotel balcony, drinking, anonymous hanger ons shooting up; in other words, just the sort of hijinks you'd expect. Not quite so shocking in this day and age, but interesting enough to skip around a bit. There's live footage too, including tour opener Stevie Wonder, backed by the Stones, rocking "Uptight" so hard his sunglasses fall off. All told, the film is significant for a few reasons. One is that it was filmed by photographer Robert Frank, who is best known for his photo essay/collection called "The Americans." Another reason is that the Stones don't want you to see it, and had an injunction against any public viewing of it, unless it was for charity. Needless to say, that made it hot bootlegger bait, and poor quality copies of it swapped hands among traders for years. Keep in mind, being that it was filmed in Super 8, even the best copies left much to be desired. Dangerous Minds posted it last week, with an mp3 of the Stone's unreleased ditty (again, often bootlegged), "Cocksucker Blues." Check it out while you can. Postings of it in decent quality are rare and short lived. I'm not going to press my luck, so no embedding or direct linking today. Jagger still has it in for me from the grilled cheese sandwich incident in '75.

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Watch/Listen:
Cocksucker Blues, the film and the song at Dangerous Minds
Alternate link:
Cocksucker Blues
at Das Kraftfuttermischwerk
Visit:

Cocksucker Blues at Wikipedia
Robert Frank's The Americans at the National Gallery of Art
Robert Frank's The Americans at The Met
Robert Frank at Wikipedia

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