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Stones album 'wasn't just partying'

Published 19/05/2010 | 15:46

The Rolling Stones are re-releasing Exile On Main Street
The Rolling Stones are re-releasing Exile On Main Street

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have insisted their Rolling Stones heyday wasn't all sex, drugs and rock n' roll.

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The band, who are re-releasing their iconic 1972 album Exile On Main Street with 10 new tracks, said rumours surrounding the making of the original record were not necessarily true.

Mick said: "We were just starting to have children ... Keith had his first son, and some of the other people around us, not necessarily the band, but people who were working on the record, so it is always good to have a few children ... Of course, there was sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, but there was also a good family atmosphere."

Keith said that he didn't have much time to party when the original album was being made.

"We were on a schedule where I had to write two songs a day, every afternoon. Then I had to get it down to the basement and get it to the guys to play who would hopefully come back with two tracks in the morning. I couldn't find any time to do porridge [drugs]," he said.

He added: "There were parties going on, but no more than anywhere else. The baby went to bed at the right time. It was the south of France in the summer. There were a lot of people drifting in and out."

Mick went on to say he wouldn't try and relive his wild days with the Stones if he was given the opportunity

"We have done it once, don't want to do it again," he said.

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