Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Exile on Main St. by Robert Greenfield pp 4-12

Exile on Main Street: a season in hell with the Rolling Stones by Robert Greenfield (prologue)

  • pp. 4-10:
    Welcome to Villa Nellcote. You do know how to get there, right? From Nice, take either the Grand Corniche, the twisting, turning high road built by Napoleon to follow the ancient Roman route along the jagged coast of the French Riviera, or the Moyenne Corniche, the twisting, turning middle road from which Princess Grace of Monaco plunged to her death in 1982, or more conveniently, the always crowded Basse Corniche, which runs at sea level right beside the sparkling blue Mediterranean.
    The author is setting the scene. That is the opening paragraph of an interminable physical description of Villa Nellcôte, the house where the Stones recorded the bulk of Exile, and the setting of the book under discussion. I know what you're thinking: "It's just a house, why should the author spend 6 pages describing not only its layout, but driving directions to the house?" Why indeed.

  • p. 10: An entire page discussing various rumours about the landlord of Villa Nellcôte. Scintillating stuff.

  • p. 10-12: It was rumoured (by one of the Stones' hangers on) that the landlord had lived with a Nazi at Nellcôte during the War, and that his stolen art still graced the house. This tawdry bit of gossip, unsupported bu any evidence whatsoever, allows the author to clumsily foreshadow how things will fall apart for the Stones because 30 years earlier some woman shacked up at Villa Nellcôte with some Nazi functionary.

3 comments:

Planet Mondo said...

Gotta read this book - the Victor Bokris Keith bio is my fave so far

Nanker said...

I have never read any books about the Stones before, but I have read many rock books — unfortunately I had forgotten how bad they could be when the author is completely infatuated with the subject.

I am hoping this one picks up the pace a little, or at least starts presenting facts instead of florid descriptions.

Anonymous said...

Big Bob thinks Jumpin' Jack Flash is on Sticky Fingers so that kind of negates any authority that book claims to have.