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Mick Jagger and Keith Richards during the 1971 recording sessions for Exile on Main Street.
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards during the 1971 recording sessions for Exile on Main Street. Dominique Tarl
The 38th anniversary of The Rolling Stones' classic album Exile on Main Street provides as good an excuse as any for a reissue with unreleased outtakes, remastered originals and alternate versions. Of course, it also provides a fine excuse for NPR Music's staff to 1) listen to the album; and 2) ask some musicians we admire to pick their favorite songs and expound on the many ways Exile on Main Street has influenced them.
We asked everyone from Liz Phair — whose breakthrough album, Exile in Guyville, re-imagined Exile on Main Street from another perspective — to Alejandro Escovedo and Robert Randolph for their feedback. We got thoughtful responses from them and others, including members of Spoon and The Black Keys, and NPR Music's Monitor Mix blogger and former Sleater-Kinney guitarist Carrie Brownstein.
You can read and hear much more below (and listen for interviews with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards on Morning Edition next week), but we also want to hear your thoughts on Exile on Main Street: your favorite songs, your own stories about how the album has affected you and your thoughts on the newly released material. Please join the discussion in the comments section of this page.