To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones, MoMA is planning a film retrospective of the band, opening on Nov. 15 with a rare screening of Robert Frank’s controversial 1975 documentary Cocksucker Blues. The film chronicles the band’s druggy 1972 tour of America.
In addition, screening that opening night will be Mr. Frank’s S-8 Stones Footage from Exile on Main Street, which was filmed during the making of the titular album.
Also included in the retrospective will be Gimme Shelter, which chronicles the Stones’ doomed gig at the Altamont Speedway Free Festival. Here’s a video of the band performing “Sympathy For the Devil” while the crowd gets roughed up by the Hells Angels, who were doing security at the event. Also: The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus and Martin Scorsese’s 2008 film Shine a Light and various music videos and performance footage. If that’s not enough to get your rocks off, then I just don’t know what is.
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