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Movie To Look At The Making Of The Rolling Stones’ ‘Exile On Main Street’

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The story of the Rolling Stones‘ 1972 double-album ‘Exile on Main Street’ is almost as well-known as the incredible music contained within its grooves. But for those who aren’t familiar with the details, Rolling Stone is reporting that Virgin Produced has purchased the film rights to ‘Exile on Main Street: A Season in Hell,’ Robert Greenfield’s book about the recording of the album.

‘Exile on Main Street,’ which contains such classics as ‘Tumblin’ Dice,’ ‘Happy’ and ‘All Down the Line,’ was mostly recorded in 1971 when the band was forced to leave England due to tax issues. Keith Richards rented a villa, Nellcote, on the French Riviera and the band used its basement as a studio.

While being a rock star living on the French Riviera might seem like paradise, the circumstances were less than ideal for getting work done. Recording was often an afterthought to the constant partying taking place at Nellcote, and the presence of friends and assorted hangers-on didn’t help matters much, either. The songs on the album, a sprawling journey through the American music the band loved, reflects the decadence taking place at Nellcote.

Unlike other movies about the Stones, this will not be a documentary, but rather a scripted drama. Could this be Johnny Depp’s chance to finally play his buddy Keith Richards? Considering Depp, at 48, is currently 20 years older than Richards was when he made ‘Exile,’ that might not be possible. But you never know what can happen in Hollywood these days, can you?

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