There is a lot of fuss/hype around the re-release of a repackaged version of the ‘Rolling Stones: Exile on Main Street’ right now. We do this in the west- repackage stuff in different formats with accompanying Press- to persuade the core demographic of late 30s- mid 50s to part with more cash.
I’m very tempted- I’m in the target demographic- I already have a few Stones, but not this one. Is it the greatest/one of the greatest rock records of all time or marketing hype? I’d love to research that. Soon.
Even though I had not been in school much more than a year when it was released, I have, over the years heard much about the legend of this record and the circumstances of it’s recording in a French chateau. So I know about the drug-taking, drink, casual sex etc or at least the larger than life tales about it.
The Observer had a full several page feature on this album last weekend (good marketing- for a campaigning paper, the Observer loves it’s consumerism). Alongside the usual embellished tales of excess, I read this quote from Bill Wyman (who as any fule kno was the bass player) who detailed his experience of making the album in France:-
‘You had to import Bird’s custard, Branston pickle and piccalilli… you had to buy PG Tips and then deal with the French milk’.
Is it just me, but doesn’t this give you tremendous faith in being British? You know, drugs, casual sex, louche abandon and rock history being made and the bass player more concerned about a good cup of tea.
They used to say about Methodism that it was born in song and drowned in tea; I never realised until reading this Bill Wyman quote just how close the relationship was between the Rolling Stones and British Methodism…… wonder if he drank it out of chipped green cups though?