This week, the band’s notorious, semi-banned documentary Cocksucker Blues is screened – and its voyeuristic portrait of real-life rock sleaze still shocks
The least seen movie about the Rolling Stones ranks as the most revealing one ever made.
Cocksucker Blues, a documentary by photographer Robert Frank which shadowed the band on their pivotal 1972 American tour, has never had a formal release. The Stones made sure of that after seeing Frank’s wilder footage way back when. Luckily, a convoluted deal between the director and the band allows the film to be shown several times a year, with several odd caveats. One dictates that Frank himself must be in attendance. God knows what happens when the 91-year-old director dies.