Chasing Lightning

Have you ever read Keith Richards’s memoir Life or anything about the Rolling Stones’ recording of Exile on Main St? It’s the biggest rock ’n’ roll cliche: a band takes over a villa in France; they record all night and party until the afternoon when they fall asleep; they start all over in the middle of the night. In the meantime, they rack up incredible bills on a mobile studio and all the gear. Not to mention some band members don’t participate on all the recordings because they’re, you know, practical and don’t want to live in an orgy palace while making a record.