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Dulli on “Exile”

Greg Dulli shares his thoughts on the Rolling Stones and Exile On Main Street in this CNN feature out today:

The Stones’ grand return from ‘Exile’

Relevant Dulli quotes are in the full post.

In a 2002 Rolling Stone magazine interview, Richards described “Exile” as the first grunge album. Greg Dulli, whose band the Afghan Whigs recorded for the legendary Seattle grunge label Sub Pop, doesn’t disagree. He says “Exile” embodies punk’s do-it-yourself ethic.

“That’s punk rock to me,” he says. “They left their country to go to their hated rivals’ country and plunked down in a mansion in the south of France on the sea. And whatever they had at the time is what they did.”


Dulli’s boa-wearing stage persona owed an incalculable debt to images he saw of the Jagger and Richards in publications such as Rolling Stone and Creem. “Whenever I read about the Rolling Stones, who were my favorite band, I wanted to dress like them,” says Dulli. “I wanted to date models. I wanted to do the various drugs that they did and fly on private planes. To me, the Rolling Stones invented rock ‘n’ roll debauchery and put the style on it and cultivated it.”

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