Now we get epic. I do a video version of the entire Rolling Stones greatest hit album, Hot Rocks. To keep things even more raw, I use live versions of the Hot Rocks songs from “Got Live If You Want It” and “Get Your YaYa’s Out.” I also included snippets of the Grand Funk version of “Gimme Shelter” as well as bits from the Jefferson Airplane and Iggy and the Stooges. This video features a glitter babe type of narrative arc from loving life and drugs, pregnancy, rehab, motherhood, suicide, death and reincarnation. My cast includes Bubba Budweiser (an inflatable Budweiser can) as my off and on again boyfriend as well as another inflatable character who I refer to as Mr. Brown, my off and on again drug dealer. This was shot in one take, one Saturday afternoon in the Your Mom Too apartment on 26th Street in SF’s Mission District. My friend and former roommate Helen Nace, remarked upon viewing “Hot Rox” for the first time: “Wow, your neighbors must’ve thought you were on crack when you made this one.”
This piece was exhibit widely and included in a MFA class curriculum at UCLA in the early 1990’s. I heard that the students would say to each other “Have you seen Hot Rox yet?” To have seen Hot Rox was a badge of courage and battle worn experience.