The birth of “Sympathy for the Devil” From Jean-Luc Godard’s ’68 Film One Plus One
After having recorded their most controversial album, the psychedelic pop Their Satanic Majesties Request, the Rolling Stones came back to their roots by mixing a contemporary songwriting to their Delta Blues influences. In 1968 recording their new album Beggar’s Banquet, the band looks to start where they left with Aftermath, Somehow with the band during those recording sessions, was none other than radical French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard, who brought his own experimental sensibilities to a project he would call One Plus One, a document of the Stones’ late sixties incarnation—including an increasingly reclusive Brian Jones. Godard punctuates the fascinating studio scenes of the Stones with what Andrew Hussey of The Guardian calls “a series of set pieces—an incoherent stew of Situationism and other Sixties stuff”. So caught in the moment is the writting and recording session of what became of one the definition of a rock song ” Sympathy for the Devil “.