- Cocksucker Blues
Cocksucker Blues Directed by Robert Frank Produced by Marshall Chess Starring The Rolling Stones Music by The Rolling Stones Editing by Robert Frank
Release date(s) 1972 Running time 93 min Country United States Language English
Cocksucker Blues is an unreleased documentary film directed by the noted still photographer Robert Frank chronicling The Rolling Stones' North American tour in 1972 in support of their album Exile on Main St..
There was much anticipation for the band's arrival in the United States, with their not having visited there since the 1969 disaster at Altamont Free Concert, in which a fan was stabbed and beaten to death by Hells Angels. Behind the scenes, the tour embodied debauchery, lewdness and hedonism.
The film was shot cinéma vérité, with several cameras available for anyone in the entourage to pick up and start shooting. This allowed the film's audience to witness backstage parties, drug use (Mick Jagger is seen snorting cocaine backstage), roadie and groupie antics, and the Stones with their defenses down. One scene includes a groupie in a hotel room mainlining heroin.
The film is under a court order which forbids it from being shown unless the director Robert Frank is physically present. This ruling stems from the conflict that arose when the band, who had commissioned the film, decided that its content was inappropriate and potentially embarrassing, and did not want it shown. Frank felt otherwise — hence the ruling.
The provocative title notwithstanding, its nudity, needles and hedonism was incriminating enough to get the picture shelved, and this during a liberal climate that saw the likes of Cry Uncle!, Deep Throat, and Chafed Elbows playing in neighborhood theaters. A generic performance film, Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones, was released instead, and Cocksucker Blues was forever shelved.
"Cocksucker Blues" was also the title of a Rolling Stones song, recorded in 1970, that Mick Jagger wrote to be the Stones' final single for Decca Records as per their contract. The song is a parody of Dr. John's "The Lonesome Guitar Strangler", released on his album Babylon the year before, however its context and language were chosen specifically to anger Decca executives. The track was refused by Decca, although promotional 12" singles of it were pressed in the US. It was only officially released later on a West German compilation in 1983, although the compilation was discontinued and since re-released without the song.
- ^ IMDb
- ^ Cocksucker Blues, accessed October 16, 2011
- ^ Mikkelson, B; David P. Mikkelson (May 2007). "The Screw - An album of the songs was released on the Kornyfone Records label - a bootleg - # TKRWM 1822". Urban Legends Reference Pages. http://www.snopes.com/music/artists/spector.htm. Retrieved 2007-08-16.
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The Rolling Stones videography VideosT.A.M.I. Show (1964) · Charlie Is My Darling (1966) · Sympathy for the Devil (1968) · Gimme Shelter (1970) · Cocksucker Blues (1972) · Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones (1974) · Let's Spend the Night Together (1982) · Video Rewind (1984) · 25x5 – The Continuing Adventures of the Rolling Stones (1989) · Stones at the Max (1992) · The Rolling Stones: Voodoo Lounge Live (1995) · The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus (1996) · Bridges to Babylon Tour '97–98 (1998) · Four Flicks (2003) · The Biggest Bang (2007) · Shine a Light (2008) · Stones in Exile (2010) · The Rolling Stones: Some Girls Live In Texas '78 (2011)
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