The Rolling Stones Turn 50!
Who would have thought it? In an era when music fads change almost daily, here is a band who got their start in the tumultuous 60’s…
Now, they are celebrating their 50th anniversary making music together…and looking pretty good doing it!
A ROLLING STONES “CROSSFIRE HURRICANE”!
There is a new HBO documentary that captures them on their anniversary, called “Crossfire Hurricane.” But if you really want to see inside the band, check out this trailer for their 1970 documentary “Gimme Shelter”…
The Rolling Stones – Raw And Uncensored!
There have been many documentaries done about The Rolling Stones, including the latest “Crossfire Hurricane” now on HBO – but the one pictured above, and the one below captured them at their most dangerous – and decadent…
More on the infamously titled documentary above, but it’s important to first look at one of the most provocative and honest music documentaries ever made – the one that captured the end of the summer of love, and sent rock music into a dangerous new direction…
In December 1969, four months after Woodstock, The Rolling Stones and Jefferson Airplane gave a free concert in Northern California, east of Oakland, at Altamont Speedway. About 300,000 people came to see the show…
The Hell’s Angels were put in charge of security around the stage. The acclaimed documentarians The Maysles Brothers were filming the entire concert for a documentary…and they captured the mayhem that ensued when a fan tried to get near the stage…
Armed with pool cues and knifes, The Hells Angels spent the concert beating up spectators, and ultimately one person in the crowd was knifed to death. The film intercuts performances, the crowd violence, Grace Slick and Mick Jagger’s attempts to cool things down, and The Stones later as they watch concert footage and reflect on what happened. It is as raw as a documentary can get…
Yes, this is when the “Summer Of Love” officially ended – and the ugly reality of the 70’s set in…
George Lucas Worked On It!
How about this for “Star Wars” trivia!
According to filmmaker Albert Maysles, George Lucas was one of the cameramen for this shoot. Unfortunately his camera jammed after shooting about 100 feet of film that night. All of his footage was deemed unacceptable and wasn’t used in any version of the final product.
After viewing footage of the stabbing of Meredith Hunter, police identified Alan Passaro, a local Hell’s Angel, as the man who did the stabbing, arrested him and charged him with murder. At his trial, however, closer examination of the footage showed that Hunter had pulled a gun before Passaro pulled his knife. Passaro was acquitted on grounds of self-defense.
This is a terrific, unsettling look at a polarizing time in music, and in our history…and now, the censored Rolling Stones documentary!
The “unofficial” Rolling Stones documentary: “Cocksucker Blues”
“Cocksucker Blues” is the legendary, unreleased documentary film directed by the noted still photographer Robert Frank chronicling The Rolling Stones’ North American tour in 1972 in support of their album “Exile on Main St.” It is notorious for many reasons, which we will get into here…
The cameras follow The Stones from the stage to the tour bus – and as you see here, it goes along with Mick Jagger and his then-girlfriend Bianca, as they take a limo to a show…
After the documentary was finished, The Rolling Stones saw some of the decadence that was captured, and they refused to release the final product. After all of these years, you can see why: there are many shots of the band in the midst of things that – well, show what it like to be on the road with the greatest rock-n-roll band in the world at the time: when the road was filled with sex, drugs, rock-n-roll – and more sex and drugs.
“Cocksucker Blues” is also the commonly recognized name of a Rolling Stones song – which is officially called “Schoolboy Blues” – that was recorded in 1970. Mick Jagger wrote this song to be the Stones’ final single for Decca Records.
The Rolling Stones were upset by the film’s portrayal of them and sued to prevent its release. According to wikipedia, the film is under a court order that only allows it to be shown once a year with the film’s director, Robert Frank present in person.
There are places online that will sell copies – I cannot attest to whether this is a legal practice or not, but when you see the candid, authentic scenes backstage, you can understand why it isn’t on Netflix – most legendary is a scene when Keith Richards is dozing off backstage – and you don’t need to be a great Detective to understand WHY he’s “nodding off” –
Also shown are scenes of the rest of the entourage enjoying the fruits of the band’s success – and there isn’t anything that fun about watching “roadies” hanging out backstage – but this is rock at its rawest…
If you chance upon this documentary in its uncut form, it’s worth a look – it’s not a great movie, but a fascinating one for the decadent world it captures…
Mick Jagger has always been the “face” of The Rolling Stones, but recently, the other half of “The Glimmer Twins” came out with his story – and a few scores to settle, in the raw, uncensored “Life”, the autobiography by the Stones’ Keith Richards!
“Life” by Keith Richards and James Fox (Contributor) – published in 2010
Oh, and what a life it was! This is one of the most candid, honest, and entertaining books I have ever read – and there was SO much I didn’t know!
Amazon tabbed it as one of the best books of the month it was released, saying: “It’s hard to imagine a celebrity memoir–or any memoir for that matter–that is as easy to drink in (so to speak) as Keith Richards’s Life. Die-hard Stones fans will love tales of the band’s ascension from the “interval” band at the Marquee to the headliners at Super Bowl XL; guitar gearheads will scramble to sample the one lick that has eluded Richards for 49 years; and historians and romantics alike will swoon over the raspy, rambling, raucous detail of this portrait of the artist.
Yes, some tales are told, but “Life” is refreshingly not gossipy, mean-spirited, or sordid–or at least not more than the truth demands. Richards is as comfortable in his bones as a worn pair of boots, and Life captures the rhythm of his voice so effortlessly that reading his tale is like sharing a pint with an old friend–one who happens to be one of the most iconic guitarists of all time.”
“The world’s greatest rock band” — between 1966 and 1973, it’s hard to argue that they weren’t. Songs poured out of them: “I used to set up the riffs and the titles and the hook, and Mick would fill in. We didn’t think much or analyze….Take it away, Mick. Your job now. I’ve given you the riff, baby.”
Drugs? Necessary. In the South, a black musician laid it out for Keith: “Smoke one of these, take one of these.” Keith would move on beyond grass and Benzedrine to cocaine for the blast and focus, heroin for the two or three day work marathon. Engineers would give their all and fall asleep under the console, to be replaced by others. Keith would soldier on. “For many years,” he says, “I slept, on average, twice a week.”
ENTER THE ICONIC LOGO!
With money and success, though, there’s suddenly time to think — in Keith’s case, about all the things about Mick that drove him nuts. His interest in Society. His egomania. His insecurity. And his promiscuity: “Mick never wanted me to talk to his women. They end up crying on my shoulder because they’ve found out that he has once again philandered. What am I gonna do? The tears that have been on this shoulder from Jerry Hall, from Bianca, from Marianne, Chrissie Shrimpton… They’ve ruined so many shirts of mine. And they ask me what to do! How should I know? I had Jerry Hall come to me one day with this note from some other chick that was written backwards — really good code, Mick! — “I’ll be your mistress forever.” All you had to do was hold it up to a mirror to read it… And I’m in the most unlikely role of counselor, “Uncle Keith.” It’s a side a lot of people don’t connect with me.”
THE TINY TODGER CONTROVERSY!
This story broke big on March 18, 2012 Keith Richards has apologized to band mate Mick Jagger and admitted some parts of his autobiography Life “really offended” the singer. In the new autobiography, Life, Keith writes: “Marianne Faithful had no fun with his tiny todger.
“I know he’s got an enormous pair of balls – but it doesn’t quite fill the gap.”
The guitarist described the frontman as “unbearable” and revealed his nicknames for Jagger are “Brenda” and “Your Majesty” in the candid memoir published in 2010.
“He and I have had conversations over the last year of a kind we have not had for an extremely long time and that has been incredibly important to me,” Richards said.
“As far as the book goes, it was my story and it was very raw, as I meant it to be, but I know that some parts of it and some of the publicity really offended Mick and I regret that.”
Referring to a early chance encounter with Jagger when the pair bonded over a love of the blues, Richards said: “What some of our detractors forget is that although we look like old codgers living an ocean apart we are still at bottom the boys on platform three at Dartford Station.”
It ends with Johnny Depp basing his performance as Pirate Jack Sparrow on Richards, and Richards joining him in the 3rd film – as his father! A great great book!
Congrats to the Rolling Stones 50th!