In 1971, The Rolling Stones went into voluntary exile. They left Britain and its 93% taxes (applied to the super wealthy) and headed to a big villa on the French Riviera, where they hunkered down with family, friends and intoxicants and began recording their 10th studio album, Exile on Main Street. (Keith Richards talks more about that stint here.) Critics were initially cool to the album. But, with 40 years’ hindsight, it’s now widely considered their masterpiece.
This past spring, the band issued a remastered version of Exile on Main Street (CD – MP3), and, along with it, came a new documentary Stones in Exile, which uses archival material and interviews with band members to revisit the band’s sojourn in France and the making of their landmark album. Stones in Exile is now available on DVD, and happily I have one review copy to give away. It will go to the first reader who sends us a piece of open/intelligent media that we post on the site. If you spot some great audio or video (they type of thing we usually post here) send it our way with this form. We’ll announce the winner when we share your great find.
(Note: this DVD probably doesn’t work on DVD players outside of North America.)