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Watch how Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy For The Devil” was made

Rolling Stones making Sympathy For The Devil


Watch how Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy For The Devil” was made

Taken from the movie “Sympathy for the Devil” (1969), directed by the legendary french director Jean-Luc Godard, the 10 minute video below shows how The Rolling Stones recorded one of their most iconics song that gaves the title for the movie.


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After May 1968, Godard moved to London to film the Rolling Stones recording “Sympathy for the Devil.” In Sympathy for the Devil, Godard juxtaposed the Rolling Stones rehearsing with seemingly unrelated scenes with a soundtrack featuring, among others, the Black Panthers. The film showed the Stones at work, deconstructing the myth of the genius creator.

Composing the film’s main narrative thread are several long, uninterrupted shots of The Rolling Stones in London’s Olympic Sound Studios, recording and re-recording various parts to “Sympathy for the Devil.” The dissolution of Stone Brian Jones is vividly portrayed, and the chaos of 1968 is made clear when a line referring to the killing of John F. Kennedy is heard changed to the plural after the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy in June.

Interwoven through the movie are outdoor shots of Black Panthers milling about in a junkyard littered with rusting cars heaped upon each other. They read from revolutionary texts (including Amiri Baraka) and toss their rifles to each other, from man to man, as if in an assembly line, or readying for an impending battle. A group of white women, apparently kidnapped and dressed in white, are brutalized and ultimately shot, off-camera; their bloody bodies are subsequently seen in various tableaus throughout the film.

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