by Molly Lambert
“Definitely one of the best movies about rock and roll I’ve ever seen. It makes you think being a rock and roll star is one of the last things you’d ever want to do.” – Jim Jarmusch
The famously unreleased Rolling Stones rock documentary Cocksucker Blues records the developmental stage of rock-star life known as “The Heroin Years.” Two years after the tragedy of Gimme Shelter (no offense to the Maysles, Grey Gardens is clutch), the Glimmer Twins are at new depths of debauchery.
Robert Frank gave cameras to all the members of the band to record their own experiences as they toured the U.S. for the first time since the events at Altamont in support of Exile On Main Street, and then edited their footage together on his own.
“It’s a fucking good film, Robert, but if it shows in America we’ll never be allowed in the country again.” – Mick Jagger
It’s the definitive chronicle of the Bad End Of The Sixties, the era of Charlie Manson and The Zodiac Killer. Directed by famous photographer and documentarian Robert Frank, Cocksucker Blues is a long bad drug trip and the horrible comedown.
One fan complains to Frank that the state’s taken her child away just because she likes to drop acid. “So what?” she says “He was born on acid!”
Cameraman Danny Seymour starts out chronicling the drug abuse and ends up neck deep in it. Mick listens to a music box and masturbates. None of this is as fun or cool as it sounds.
director/photographer Robert Frank
This clip pretty much defines the concepts of Fame and Celebrity. It’s Truman Capote and Andy Warhol backstage at a Stones show in 1972. Despite their artistic clout and backstage passes they are still a couple of pale queers giggling in the corner of a party they will always be outsiders at.
And yet somehow, amidst all the groupies and junkies and handlers and hangers-on, you can’t help but think that hanging out talking trash with Truman and Andy would beat the hell out of shooting up smack with the Stones.
MORE COCKSUCKER CLIPS
Smacked Out Junkie Rock Stars
Even the fucking sound guy’s on heroin!
Mick smokes a joint, eats some ice cream, loves Southern cuisine
classic Robert Frank photograph
A strikingly banal outtake from the Maysles’ Stones at Altamont documentary Gimme Shelter
A 1973 interview with Keef where he is especially nasty
Mick and Keith in a joint interview
Beatles or Stones?
Molly Lambert is the senior editor of This Recording
ACOUSTIC MOTHERFUCKERS IN EXILE
Downloadable bootleg of the complete album! Includes the aforementioned “Cocksucker Blues” and alternate versions of “Sister Morphine,” “”Dear Doctor,” “Wild Horses,” among other classic Stones jams.
Acoustic Motherfuckers – The Rolling Stones (complete album)
“Rocks Off” – The Rolling Stones
“Sweet Virginia” – The Rolling Stones
“Stop Breaking Down” – The Rolling Stones
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