I'm somewhat embarrassed to admit it, but I'm still plowing through Keith Richards' sprawling "Life." It's not that I'm not enjoying it -- quite the contrary -- it's just that I've been kinda crazy busy of late, and haven't had that much time to sit down with it for long stretches. I mean, I started it in November for chrissakes. Maybe I'm just a stupid, slow reader.
ANYway, even if you're only a casual Stones fan, I highly recommend it. Inspired by same, I sought out the first clip below not too long back. Honestly speaking, I'm not a member of the Exile on Main Street hallelujah choir. I much prefer Let It Bleed, if truth be told. But, y'know, to each their own.
In any case, in this first clip below, we see Messrs. Jagger, Richards, Watts et al. slumming around the Bowery in 1972 (interspliced between shots of them doing same in Los Angeles). Under normal circumstances, I'd play "spot the address" and try to divine what specific locales are being depicted, but the editing was far too quick for me to attempt. I think there are some shots filmed on the cross-section of Bowery and Houston, but I can't be sure. In any case, it's great stuff -- despite Bill Wyman's laughably ridiculous hair. Crank it.
This next clip -- taken, I believe, from "Ladies & Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones..", I'm just putting up because it finds the boys playing another one of my favorite songs. My friend Cliff put this up on Facebook earlier this week. As I mentioned to him, I'm always amused by the fact that the mere invocation of the name "Mick Jagger" is enough to send my mother into spasms of vitriol. She considers him to be the absolute lowest form of human life (I'm always tempted to sit her down and make her watch the G.G. Allin documentary "Hated" to see if that would make her reconsider the rightful recipient of that title). In any case, the video below will doubtlessly make her foam at the mouth. So, obviously, CRANK IT WAY UP!