First and only edition of this monumental document of the creation of the Rolling Stones's classic LP, widely cited as one of the greatest rock records of all time.
"I didn't ask anybody if I had the right to be there or not. I made myself invisible." — Dominique Tarlé
Begun in 1969, but not released until 1972, EXILE ON MAIN STREET is arguably the Stones's finest work, despite (or because of) the unusual circumstances of its recording. Out of money and owing taxes to the British government, the band fled in the spring of 1971 to a villa in the South of France, Nellcôte. There, as financial fugitives, they recorded the bulk of EXILE on a variety of portable equipment, and with a nearly daily-changing lineup. Photographer Dominique Tarlé was there, capturing the drugs, the cigarettes, and the booze, along with the women, the groupies, and other celebrities (William S. Burroughs, Terry Southern, Gram Parsons, Eric Clapton), images that remained largely unseen until this deluxe production released to coincide with the album's 30th anniversary. With some 280 images, many in full color, and 90,000 words (including an 35,000-word expanded version of Robert Greenfield's historic 1971 interview with Richards conducted at Villa Nellcôte, as well as various short contributions from: Anita Pallenberg, Bill Wyman, Mick Taylor, Dominique Tarlé, Andy Johns, Marshall Chess, Georgia Bergman, June Shelley, Mick McKenna, Astrid Lundström, Sandy Lieberson, Trevor Churchill, Gretchen Parsons Carpenter, Glyn Johns, Dominic Lamblin and Rene d'Amico), EXILE remains uncommon (there was no trade edition) and much sought-after.
[Guilford, Surrey]: Genesis Publications Ltd., (2001). 14" x 9.5". Original quarter-yellow leather over blue cloth boards, with spine titled in black, and printed photographic label to front cover. Housed in the publisher's photographic slipcase. All edges gilt. 248 pages. Limited edition, number 1233 of 2000 copies, signed by the photographer Tarlé. Trace shelfwear to slipcase. Else bright, clean, and sharp overall.
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