Exile on Main Street His #1!

The 10th studio album from blues-rockers The Rolling Stones, Exile on Main Street, is often considered one of their best, and even one of the best albums ever. But this was not always so. Upon its release on May 12, 1972, it received very mixed critical reviews. But time has been enormously kind to the sprawling double album, and it is now almost universally hailed as a veritable masterpiece. Very much steeped in the world-weary mood of its time, it is fraught with the tensions that permeated the air as a result of the Cold War and especially the war in Vietnam. The guitar heavy record was an immediate success and reached #1 worldwide on June 17, 1972. Time to go back and revisit this undeniable classic. To get you started, here’s the studio version of the album’s lead off track, “Rocks Off”. 

And here’s what else happened This Week in Rock History:

Born this Week in Rock History

Gregg Rolie: June 17, 1947 (keyboards, Santana and Journey)
Paul McCartney: June 18, 1942 (bass, The Beatles)
Ann Wilson: June 19, 1950 (vocals, Heart)
Chet Atkins: June 20, 1924
Brian Wilson: June 20, 1942 (vocals, The Beach Boys)
Nils Lofgren: June 21, 1951 (The E Street Band, Crazy Horse, guitar)
Kris Kristofferson: June 22, 1936
Todd Rundgren: June 22, 1948
June Carter Cash: June 23, 1929

Died this Week in Rock History

Clarence Clemons: June 18, 2011 (sax, The E Street Band)
Angus Maclise: June 21, 1979 (drums, The Velvet Underground)
John Lee Hooker: June 21, 2001
Bobby “Blue” Bland: June 23, 2013

Music releases and the top of the charts

The Rolling Stones’ LP Exile On Main Street hits #1: June 17, 1972

Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” hits #1: June 18, 1977
Edgar Winter’s “Frankenstein” goes gold: June 19. 1973
Bob Dylan / The Band, Before The Flood was released: June 20, 1974
Blind Faith, Blind Faith was released: June 22, 1969

This Week in Rock History

Grace Slick is deemed too drunk to go onstage with Jefferson Starship tonight at their concert in St. Goarhausen in West Germany, but does so anyway, singing horribly and verbally abusing the audience with Nazi taunts. The crowd riots, causing over a million dollars in damage and leading Slick to quit the band, not returning until 1983: June 17, 1978

Bruce Springsteen plays his longest gig ever! The epic show was played at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid. It lasted 3 hours and 48 minutes and spanned 32 songs. The second encore featured the rock and roll classic “Twist and Shout.” Talk about getting your money’s worth! June 17, 2012

After wresting the coveted closing spot from the Who, Jimi Hendrix goes to wow concertgoers at the Monterey Pop music festival by closing his set with a rousing rendition of “Wild Thing” and then setting his guitar on fire during his set; he also smashed the flaming instrument and sent its remains flying into the audience. Ah, to have  been there…: June 18, 1967

For the first time, Ringo Starr uses his new Ludwig drum kit, complete with the famous “Beatles” logo, onstage as the group performs at London’s Playhouse Theatre. The set included the classic “From Me To You”: June 19, 1963

David Bowie records “Space Oddity” in London at Trident Studios. The song is the first of three David Bowie tunes to feature the character of “Major Tom.” David Bowie had asked George Martin to produce the track, but he declined; it was ultimately produced by Gus Dudgeon :June 20, 1969

The Rolling Stones sue fourteen New York City hotels who have refused to admit the band during their North American tour, disingenuously accusing them of “discrimination on account of national origin”: June 21, 1966

San Francisco’s beautiful Golden Gate Park celebrates the Summer Solstice with a free concert, featuring entertainment by The Grateful Dead, Big Brother and the Holding Company, and Quicksilver Messenger Service. An especially good day to be in the Haight!: June 21, 1967

Who guitarist Pete Townshend, while waiting for his flight at the airport in Memphis, likens the band’s latest album, Tommy, to the atomic bomb, causing officials who misheard the remark to search the facilities for a real bomb: June 21, 1970

Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore quits Deep Purple. After thinking about recording a solo band, he goes on to start another band called Rainbow. June 21, 1975

Eric Clapton joins the Rolling Stones for a version of “Sympathy For The Devil” during the band’s Madison Square Garden concert: June 22, 1975

Billy Joel performs a concert at Yankee Stadium, the first rocker ever to do so. During the set, Joel played hits like Allentown and Only the Good Die Young, plus some deeper cuts such as Prelude/Angry Young Man and That’s Not Her Style, closing the encore with the sing-along anthem “Piano Man.”: June 22, 1990

Who drummer Keith Moon joins Led Zeppelin onstage in Los Angeles for rousing versions of “Rock And Roll” and a drum duet on “Moby Dick,” both pounded out on tympani; Moon played on “Black Dog as well. This whole concept is making us drool like Pavlovian dogs: June 23, 1977

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