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Torn and Frayed in the South of France: Photos from the Making of ‘Exile on Main Street’

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Torn and Frayed in the South of France

Photograph by Dominique Tarlé courtesy of La Galerie de l'Instant, ?Soul Survivors?-Ethan Russell-Dominique Tarlé, May 21st, 2010-September 24th, 2010

In 1971, The Rolling Stones relocated to the 16-room Villa Nelcotte in the South of France to record their '72 masterpiece Exile on Main Street.

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Dirty Work

Photograph by Dominique Tarlé

Dirty Work

Richards, Jagger and producer Jimmy Miller (clockwise from top) in the basement studio of Villa Nellcote in 1971.

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The Bluesbreaker

Photograph by Dominique Tarlé

The Bluesbreaker

Mick Taylor, who recorded with the Stones on 1969's Let It Bleed and 1971's Sticky Fingers, had an increased role in the Exile sessions, co-writing the track "Ventilator Blues" with Jagger and Richards.

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Brown Sugar

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Brown Sugar

Keith Richards takes a break with a smoke and a box of brown sugar at the VIlla Nellcôte in Southern France, 1971.

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Soul Survivor

Photograph by Dominique Tarlé courtesy of La Galerie de l'Instant, ?Soul Survivors?-Ethan Russell-Dominique Tarlé, May 21st, 2010-September 24th, 2010

Soul Survivor

Mick Jagger at the Villa Nellcôte, 1971.

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Keith's Loving Cup

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Keith’s Loving Cup

Richards at the Villa Nellcôte, 1971.

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Mick's Biggest Fan

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Mick’s Biggest Fan

Jagger (with Jake Weber, the son of the Stones' pal Tommy) in the studio at Villa Nellcôte, 1971.

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The Smoke Machine

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The Smoke Machine

Richards at the Villa Nellcôte, 1971.

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Stone Free

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Stone Free

Richards on the road during the Stones' 1972 American tour.

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Tuning Up

Photograph by Ethan Russell courtesy of La Galerie de l'Instant, ?Soul Survivors?-Ethan Russell-Dominique Tarlé, May 21st, 2010-September 24th, 2010

Tuning Up

Jagger (left) and Richards get pumped up before a gig on their 1972 American tour.

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Backstage Breather

Photograph by Ethan Russell courtesy of La Galerie de l'Instant, ?Soul Survivors?-Ethan Russell-Dominique Tarlé, May 21st, 2010-September 24th, 2010

Backstage Breather

Jagger takes a break backstage on the Stones' 1972 American tour.

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Rippin' the Joint

Photograph by Ethan Russell courtesy of La Galerie de l'Instant, ?Soul Survivors?-Ethan Russell-Dominique Tarlé, May 21st, 2010-September 24th, 2010

Rippin’ the Joint

Jagger (left) and Richards onstage during the Stones' 1972 American tour.

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The Glimmer Twins

Photograph by Ethan Russell courtesy of La Galerie de l'Instant, ?Soul Survivors?-Ethan Russell-Dominique Tarlé, May 21st, 2010-September 24th, 2010

The Glimmer Twins

Jagger (left) and Richards goof off backstage on the Stones' 1972 American tour.

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Good Time Woman

Photograph by Ethan Russell courtesy of La Galerie de l'Instant, ?Soul Survivors?-Ethan Russell-Dominique Tarlé, May 21st, 2010-September 24th, 2010

Good Time Woman

Jagger (right) with his then-wife Bianca fly to the next stop on the Stones' 1972 American tour.

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Jetsetter

Photograph by Ethan Russell courtesy of La Galerie de l'Instant, ?Soul Survivors?-Ethan Russell-Dominique Tarlé, May 21st, 2010-September 24th, 2010

Jetsetter

Richards en route to the next gig for the Stones' 1972 American tour.

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Riff Masters

Photograph by Ethan Russell courtesy of La Galerie de l'Instant, ?Soul Survivors?-Ethan Russell-Dominique Tarlé, May 21st, 2010-September 24th, 2010

Riff Masters

Richards (front) with bassist Bill Wyman on the Stones' 1972 American tour.

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