Rolling Stones movie about "Exile on Main Street" album set to hit cinemas
The film company helmed by Richard Branson of the Virgin Empire has obtained the rights to Exile on Main St.: A Season in Hell with the Rolling Stones. Penned by Robert Greenfield, the 2008 book tells the Rolling Stones story circa 1971, when the iconic rock band became tax exiles and left England to live in France.
The story commences in April 1971, giving great attention to the turbulent relationship between Mick Jagger and Keith Richards during the recording of the double-classic 1972 Rolling Stones album.
Leasing the Villa NellCôte mansion on the Côte d’Azur, Keith Richards’ 2011 autobiography, Life, details many stories from that time – being strung out on heroin, hanging with his best friend, Gram Parsons, his relationship with Anita Pallenberg, and, as Rolling Stone magazine puts it, “creating the living definition of the rock star life while working out Exile."
In Life, Richards wrote of that time: “We had a record to cut and knew that if we failed, then the English [tax authorities] would have won. And this house, the Bedouin encampment, contained anywhere from twenty to thirty people at a time, which never bothered me, because I have the gift of not being bothered or because I was focusing, with assistance, on the music.”
As a story, Exile on Main St.: A Season in Hell with the Rolling Stones, is what rock biopic dreams are made of. There is sex, drugs, run-ins with the law, and, of course, a band at the peak of its career.
That said, if casting choices are inadequate, the Stones’ shaping story can go from legendary to lame in just a couple of actors. So, who should play Mick, Keith, Gram, and Jagger’s wife that year, Bianca Perez-More Macias?