1. "Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones" (released 1974; directed by Rollin Binzer; 83 minutes; not officially available on home video)
- This is a strictly a concert film with nothing other than live performances included. A great (although suffers from poor lighting at times) film showing the Stones at their live best during this tour. (Keep in mind that other performances may have been better, but these two shows are at least representative of the tour.) Recorded at Fort Worth and Houston, Texas on June 24 & 25, 1972.
2. "C*cksucker Blues" (a.k.a. CS Blues; never released but first shown unofficially at the Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA. in 1975; directed by Robert Frank; 95 minutes)
- This film may be described as a non-professional documentary about life on the road during the '72 tour. Notorious for the drug and sex scenes, it was later revealed that many of the shots were staged. The film spends a great deal of time recording the Stones' associates and hanger-ons, which after a while can get tedious if you aren't interested. However, the fact that this film is so "loose" makes it a classic in terms of Stones' recorded memorabilia. It is particularly interesting to view compared to recent Stones tours. Definitely worth seeing for amusing scenes such as Keith attempting to order fruit from room service, the heroin "enthusiast" rap, the tv thrown from the window, and super-8 film of the Stones driving through the southern U.S.
BOOKS ABOUT THE 1972 TOUR
1. "STP: A Journey Through America With The Rolling Stones" (1974; written by Robert Greenfield; reissued in 1997 with no photos)
- A detailed book about the tour as it happened, along with author's personal insights. Greenfield gives the "inside scoop" about the people involved with the tour. Not a typical book; definitely worth reading.
2. "Uptight With The Stones: A Novelist's Report" (1973; written by Richard Elman)
- The title of this book should scare you away from the start.
uses flowery, dramatic writing and comes across as an inadequate
who knows little about the Stones' camp. Makes seemingly significant
such as spelling Charlie's name with an "ey" and referring to Chip
(Stones associate & stage/lighting man) as "chipmunk" for he
has no idea that "Chip" is his nickname. As a serious Stones fan and a
writer, I find this book to be horrid. Update: Someone
recently wrote to me saying that this is a great book. I looked at it
again and still feel the same - it stinks! The photos are
interesting though. ;-)
SINGS! JAGGER DANCES! JAGGER EXPLODES!" Explodes?? And never mind
the other Stones! Interesting release poster for Ladies &
The Rolling Stones movie.
1972 tour booklet/program
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