Cocksucker Blues

Cocksucker Blues is an unreleased documentary movie directed by the nonetheless photographer Robert Frank chronicling The Rolling Stones American Tour 1972 in assist of their album Exile on Most important St.


There was a lot anticipation for the band’s arrival in america, since that they had not visited there for the reason that 1969 catastrophe on the Altamont Free Live performance through which a fan was stabbed and crushed to dying by Hells Angels and the incident was caught on digicam.[1] Behind the scenes, the tour embodied debauchery, lewdness and hedonism.

The movie was shot cinéma vérité, with a number of cameras accessible for anybody within the entourage to select up and begin capturing. This allowed the movie’s viewers to witness backstage events, drug use (Mick Taylor is proven smoking marijuana with some roadies and Mick Jagger seen snorting cocaine backstage),[2] roadie and groupie antics, and the Stones with their defenses down.[3] One scene features a groupie in a lodge room injecting heroin.[4]


The movie got here beneath a courtroom order which forbade it from being proven except the director, Robert Frank, was bodily current.[2][5] This ruling stemmed from the battle that arose when the band, having commissioned the movie, determined that its content material was embarrassing and probably incriminating, and didn’t need it proven. Frank felt in any other case, therefore the ruling.[2][4]

In line with Ray Younger, “The salty title however, its nudity, needles and hedonism was supposedly incriminating and the image was shelved—this throughout a liberal local weather that noticed the likes of Cry Uncle! and Chafed Elbows enjoying in neighborhood theatres.”[6] Deep Throat was launched in the identical 12 months. A Rolling Stones live performance movie, Girls and Gents: The Rolling Stones, was launched as a substitute, and Cocksucker Blues was indefinitely shelved.

The courtroom order in query additionally enjoined Frank in opposition to exhibiting Cocksucker Blues extra often than 4 instances per 12 months in an “archival setting” with Frank being current.[2][4][7] Frank personally launched one such uncommon screening of the movie on February 23, 1988 at Boston’s Cinema 57 theater in Park Sq. along with selling the discharge that week of his new movie, Sweet Mountain.[8]

Different screenings have included the Metropolitan Museum of Artwork in New York on October 3, 2009 (curator Jeff Rosenheim, introducing the film, talked about that Robert Frank was “within the constructing,” however identified that the constructing was over 2,000,000 sq. toes (190,000 m2)); the Museum of Trendy Artwork in New York in November 2012 as a part of a two-week pageant, “The Rolling Stones: 50 Years on Movie”;[3] the Cleveland Cinematheque on November 15, 2013;[9] the Chuck Jones Theater through the 2015 Telluride Movie Competition; and the Rotterdam, Netherlands 2015 Worldwide Documentary Movie Competition Amsterdam (IDFA) as a part of a Robert Frank retrospective, with Frank in attendance. At one level a Santa Monica, California theatre offered the movie in a variety of late evening exhibits, although a stink bomb was positioned within the air flow on opening evening to discourage attendance, however the movie was proven anyway.

In in style tradition

The fourth part of Don DeLillo’s magnum opus, Underworld, is titled Cocksucker Blues. The Stones’ music/movie is referred to within the narrative of that part.

See additionally

  • Record of American movies of 1972
  • Schoolboy Blues
  • Titicut Follies, documentary a couple of Massachusetts psychological hospital legally barred from distribution over privateness issues for over 20 years

  • Cocksucker Blues at IMDb
  • Cocksucker Blues at AllMovie
  • Assessment by Rick McGrath

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