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Exile on Main Street

I've been spending a lot of time with the Stones lately. You know, tea with Charlie Watts, chess matches with Bill Wyman...the usual. In reality, I've been reading Keith Richard's biography, Life. This led me to NPR's interview with Don Was as well as Stephen Kijack's Stones in Exile documentary. I'd suggest checking out all of them.

In 1971 the Stones left England to evade the UK's punitive tax system. They recorded in Villa Nellcôte, a palatial estate in the South of France. I've always heard artists cite Exile as such an influential album, but I didn't realize it was critically panned at the time of its release. Who knew? Perhaps there is hope for Van Halen III? Lets not go too far.

Dominique Tarle was there to take some wonderful photographs.