The villa Nellcote is located in Villefranche sur Mer, a beautiful village between Nice and Cap Ferrat. I visited this famous place during our family vacation at the Cote d'Azur in July 2007. The Stones recorded main parts of Exile On Main St. in the basement of the house, one of the best if not the best rock album of all time. The mansion was rented by Keith in 1971 after the group had to move to the south of France due to problems with the tax law in England. If you want to know more about the recording of Exile and the crazy summer of 1971 at Nellcote, this book is highly recommended: "Exile on Main St. A Season in Hell with the Rolling Stones" by Robert Greenfield.
This has got to be the ultimate Rock & Roll Palace any band in the world has ever stayed at!! BAR-NONE!! As many people so often say, "If these walls could talk," what a story they could tell, and what a Video and/or DVD it could show us!! I once read an interview, out of a paperback written by John Perry, he was interviewing Anita Pallenberg, and she had mentioned that she had heard somewhere from someone that the mansion was leveled and replaced with a parking lot. If this is true, what a SAD day for ROCK AND ROLL HISTORY!! This estate should alway's be preserved just the way it is, or how it was, if at all possible, when the Rolling Stones produced one of their greatest album's their!! Of course even before the Stones had taken over the place, it already had quite a unique history on its own. But the Stones truely left their own "mark" of "Rock-n-Roll" history that will never be surpassed by any other rock band in the world. So let's hear it for the Stones "The Greatest Rock and Roll Band In The World"!!! May, their music live on in our hearts, and for all other generations to come. "CAN'T YOU HEAR EM KNOCKING, ON THE WINDOW"..............
Sincerely and Aloha,
Keoni B. Cameron
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