Cocksucker Blues is an unreleased documentary film directed by the still photographer Robert Frank chronicling The Rolling Stones American Tour 1972 in support of their album Exile on Main St. There was much anticipation for the band's arrival in the United States, since they had not visited there since the 1969 disaster at the Altamont Free Concert, in which a fan was stabbed and beaten to death by Hells Angels, with the incident being caught on camera.
Schoolboy Blues" is a 1970 song by The Rolling Stones, commonly recognized by the name "Cocksucker Blues". The song is a parody of Dr. John's "The Lonesome Guitar Strangler", released on his 1969 album Babylon. It was written and played by Mick Jagger to be the Stones' final single for Decca Records. The Stones were leaving Decca and starting their own record label, but Decca claimed they were owed one more single under the band's current contract
Cocksucker Blues was shown on November 15th at the Museum of Modern Art in New York as part of a two-week festival, The Rolling Stones: 50 Years on Film. The festival runs through December 2n. Frank did not appear at the screening, while the Stones had just left the building, having attended the series’ opening the night before and participating in an onstage interview with playwright Tom Stoppard. Frank’s ragged quilt of freak-parade and band-on-the-run images on the cover of the Stones’ 1972 album, Exile on Main S. encouraged the group to give him carte blanche on the subsequent tour, allowing him to film the Stones and their entourage without instruction or restriction. The Stones similarly let Albert and David Maysles run free in 1969, all the way to Altamont, to lethal consequence in Gimme Shelter.
Ronnie Wood painted the release's artwork himself. The Rolling Stones have curated a compilation of classic blues tracks that have inspired their career. Check out the trailer and full tracklist below. Teaming up with BMG and Universal, the legendary rock band have put together their favourite cuts to create ‘Confessin’ The Blues’
Cocksucker Blues, Robert Frank’s documentary that chronicles the Rolling Stones 1972 US tour in support of Exile on Main St. is an amazing piece of cinéma vérité. It really suits the mood of the album. I know him from Hair Police and that he designed Tame Impala’s Currents album. I met Robert in 2004 when he set up a house show for my old band Peeesseye at the Charles Mansion, a place he was living in Lexington, Kentucky. I quite like his art and his music, too.
Called Cocksucker Blues, after a raunchy Stones song of the same title that Jagger dared the record label to release (it didn’t), the documentary was mainly shot during the Stones’ 1972 tour of North America, just after they had released Exile. It was directed by the photographer turned avant-garde film-maker Robert Frank, best known for reflecting 1950s America back at itself in the collection of street photography titled simply The Americans. Frank, a Swiss Jew born in Zurich in 1924, had emigrated to America in 1947
Over the fifty years of their existence, the Rolling Stones have only released 22 studio albums in the UK, but within this catalogue can be found some of the most influential, game-changing and iconic recordings of the rock ‘n’ roll era. From the moment they exploded from the sweaty, smoke-filled clubs of London’s visceral early sixties’ rhythm’n’blues scene, the Stones defined a hitherto unprecedented rebel sensibility that’s since become accepted as an essential ingredient of all subsequent rock. That withdrawn, contract-fulfilling Decca single Schoolboy Blues (AKA Cocksucker Blues) with Andrew’s Blues on the flip? You’ve gotta hear that. But in the meantime, there’s this. As non-album hits and tabloid rancor continued to ramp up the Stones’ domestic reputation as the anti-Beatles their third covers-heavy long player reflected mod-propelled changing times by shifting its attention from blues to soul.