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Rolling Stones documentary and re-release of Exile on Main Street

By Laura Trowbridge     May 12, 2010 in Entertainment
Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones were at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City to see the premiere of their documentary "Stones In Exile."
The documentary about the band coincides with the re-release of the Stones 1972 album Exile On Main Street. The album will be re-released on May 18 with 10 new tracks in addition to many of the Rolling Stones classics.
At the documentary premiere, Mick said his favorite song on the album is Tumbling Dice.
He told Sky News why he thinks this new album is so great: "We did a little bit of everything. We did country, we did blues and gospel and so on. So, I think it was a really good time."
Back in the 1970's when the Stones were recording the original "Exile on Main Street", they were living in France in exile from England because of their inability to pay their taxes. They fled England before the government could seize their assets.
"Living in the south of France wasn't really a hardship, it was really fun," said Mick Jagger.
The documentary shows previously unseen footage of the recording sessions in France and when the Rolling Stones mixed the album in Los Angeles.
Film director Stephen Kijack said although the conditions for recording Exile On Main Street were far from ideal, the adverse circumstances of recording in the basement of the French NellcĂ´te mansion is what gave the album its charm.
"It's like the first grunge record," Kijack said. "It's a masterpiece."
The Stones in Exile film will premiere next week at the Cannes Film Festival.
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