The Rolling Stones were so paranoid about getting busted by police during their sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll adventure at Keith Richards' French retreat in 1971, they devised an escape plan to help the band and their families make a quick getaway. The rockers set up home in the South of France to record classic album "Exile on Main St.", and Richards' Nellcote chateau, where the guitarist created a recording studio, became a hangout for drug dealers and dodgy characters.
And the rocker's then-girlfriend, Anita Pallenberg, reveals Richards and his bandmates were so worried about their country home studio being raided by the police, they came up with a clever plan to make a hasty escape and leave hangers-on and groupies to face the law. In new documentary "Stones in Exile", she says, "We had this escape route that we planned... You could jump out the window, where I was sleeping and then jump on the bus (outside) and get out really quickly."
"Otherwise it was all these corridors and staircases. We had it all pretty sussed." Pallenberg admits she was more familiar with the escape plan than most because she was always using it to escape the creeps who took over Nellcote. She adds, "It was like a freeloading place. I got more and more bored with all these people and became a bouncer."
"I remember standing on top of the stairs and just throwing stuff and emptying a room out that somebody slept in. I'd just throw these clothes down and everybody was like, 'She's a monster!' For a period I lived in a room just above the bus that was also part of our escape."