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Rolling Stones Ready New Concert Film, Look For New Label

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David: "The cameraman filmed the murder and he didn't even know it was a murder, he didn't see it. We just saw a guy dancing in a green suit and then it looked like a scuffle. The murder took place between 'Love in Vain' and 'Under My Thumb,' incidentally, not, as Rolling Stone reported, during 'Sympathy for the Devil.' The film is corrobative evidence, but the police need witnesses."

Al: "We have footage of the police watching our footage of the murder. We didn't get the Angels watching it, but, you know, they'd probably say 'Far Out!' You see, there must be two or three million Americans who know that if they step out of line they're going to be bumped off. So it's a moral thing for us to make this film, because it tells in advance what's going to happen."

What's going to happen is what has always happened. Old as the Bible. Old as Henry Fonda who might have a different life style from his son. But, as J. Effron has pointed out, as in Grapes of Wrath and Easy Rider, the oppressive forces remain the same. The Maysles' film — which they're thinking of calling either Love in Vain or Everybody Got To Go — is obviously going to contribute to the ferment it brilliantly portrays. If Altamont was the situation it was, imagine what your local movie theater's going to look like when the Maysles' film hits town.

London — The Rolling Stones are looking for a new record company. Their contract with Decca Records — which owns London Records in the United States (no connection with Decca Records in the US) — expires with their next album. It is a considered certainty that the Stones will never re-sign with Decca/London, following the protracted dispute over the censored Beggars' Banquet LP cover.

What the Stones and their management are seeking is not a "label" as such on which the Rolling Stones will appear, but a company to distribute Rolling Stones Records (the very likely title for the label which will be pasted on their records). The Stones and their management intend to control all phases of the product — not only the recording and packaging, but also the advertising, promotion and pressing. They will not be on another company's label.

Insiders say that there are four major labels under consideration by the Stones and their management. These are Columbia, Atlantic, RCA Victor and Capitol, all of which — with the exception of Atlantic, the most likely candidate — owning their own distribution facilities. The money that is being offered by these companies and others who are also in on the bidding is about the same for all of them — astronomical.

The Stones, meanwhile, are working on their next album, a two-record live album of material from their American tour, including cuts by Ike and Tina Turner and B. B. King.

At this point, it is unclear whether the live LP would be the Stones' last product on London or the first on their new label.

This is a story from the March 19, 1970 issue of Rolling Stone.

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