Jack Hamilton – “How ‘Exile on Main St.’ Killed the Rolling Stones” (2010)

September 10, 2010 at 7:50 am (Music, Reviews & Articles, The Rolling Stones)

This May 25, 2010 article comes from The Atlantic. I don’t believe, myself, that The Stones “died” after this album, though I do believe it was their crowning achievement…

“Rocks Off,” the first track of the Rolling Stones’s Exile on Main Street, opens with a scratchy Keith Richards Telecaster riff punctuated by a single Charlie Watts snare hit. Mick Jagger lasciviously intones an “oh yeah,” pitched perfectly between earnestness and irony. This sequence lasts all of five seconds, but you’d be hard-pressed to find five seconds that better articulate the brilliance of the Rolling Stones, much in the way that Exile, the band’s 1972 shambling sprawl of a double-album that has recently enjoyed a re-ssue, perfectly captures a too-brief period during which Rolling Stones Read the rest of this entry »

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