Rolling Stones Revisit 'Exile On Main Street'

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Morning Edition will feature interviews with legendary rockers Keith Richards and Mick Jagger next Monday and Tuesday. The Rolling Stones are reissuing their iconic album Exile on Main Street along with 10 previously unreleased songs from that era. Preview those tracks now at NPR Music.

RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:

And now to outlaws of rock and roll.

The Rolling Stones are revisiting a classic album, the making of which gave us some of the greatest stories of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. "Exile on Main Street" came out in 1972 with songs like...

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THE ROLLING STONES: (Singing) I hear you talking when I'm on the street. Your mouth don't move but I can hear you speak.

MONTAGNE: Next week, "Exile on Main Street" will be reissued with some extras: 10 songs and cuts that didn't make it onto the original double album. And we'll hear about the making of "Exile" in a villa in the south of France. As Keith Richards describes it, there was a 24-hour party upstairs, but he and Mick Jagger were down in the basement, working.

MONTAGNE: I was there, writing songs in the afternoon and then recording them at night. We were trying to keep up with the pace of the band - you know, Mick and I frantically writing songs.

MONTAGNE: Songs that became one of the best rock and roll albums ever. Starting Monday, Keith Richard and Mick Jagger talk to us about the reissue of "Exile on Main Street." For some instant satisfaction, go to NPRmusic.org, listen to the album, preview the unreleased songs, and tell us about your favorite Stones tune.

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ROLLING STONES: (Singing) The sunshine bores the daylights out of me. Chasing shadows moonlight mystery.

MONTAGNE: This is NPR News.

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