The Rolling Stones’ 1972 American tour may well be one of the greatest tours in rock history. Not only were the Stones supporting Exile On Main St., but opening act Stevie Wonder had just released Music of My Mind. Both acts were peaking at the same time, and many of the shows wrapped up with an amazing jam session. Thankfully, all the madness was captured in Robert Frank’s notorious documentary Cocksucker Blues.
Check out this incredible Stones/Stevie Wonder performance that mashes up “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” with “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” If the movie was nothing but stuff like this the group would have had no objection, but Frank was more interested in capturing backstage shenanigans. The group hated his movie and put the kibosh on it, opting to have director Rollin Binzer create the straight-ahead concert film Ladies & Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones.
As a result, Cocksucker Blues has languished in a weird state of legal limbo for decades. Though Frank is allowed to screen it just once a year, fan copies have circulated for years. It’s much easier to find in the age of BitTorrent and YouTube, but we warned you. It doesn’t quite live up to the legend. Maybe one day the Rolling Stones will release it, but that’ll probably happen around the time the Beatles put out Let It Be.