by RetroKimmer.com: http://www.retrokimmer.com/2012/09/early-rolling-stones-film-crossfire.html
Rolling Stones, the rock 'n' roll icons who have defined creativity,
daring and durability, are to be chronicled in a kaleidoscopic new film
that documents the key periods of their career and their incredible
The film will be broadcast live by satellite to over
250 cinemas across Europe, from the London Film Festival Premiere on
Thursday 18 October and include live coverage from the red carpet before
the film screening begins.
Hurricane', directed by Brett Morgen, provides a remarkable new
perspective on the Stones' unparalleled journey from blues-obsessed
teenagers in the early 60's to rock royalty. It's all here in panoramic
candour, from the Marquee Club to Hyde Park, from Altamont to 'Exile,
from club gigs to stadium extravaganzas.
footage and fresh insights from the band themselves, the film will
delight, shock and amaze longtime devotees, as well as another
generation of fans, with its uniquely immersive style and tone.
'Crossfire Hurricane' places the viewer right on the frontline of the
band's most legendary escapades.
Taking its title from a lyric in
'Jumping Jack Flash', 'Crossfire Hurricane' gives the audience an
intimate insight, for the first time, into exactly what it's like to be
part of the Rolling Stones, as they overcame denunciation, drugs,
dissensions and death to become the definitive survivors. It's the
backstage pass to outdo them all.
odyssey includes film from the Stones' initial road trips and first
controversies as they became the anti-Beatles, the group despised by
authority because they connected and communicated with their own
generation as no one ever had. "When we got together," says Wyman,
"something magical happened, and no one could ever copy that."
the outset of the film, viewers know they're in for a white-knuckle
ride. No sooner had the early Stones line-up first played live under
that name in the summer of 1962 than they were bigger than the venues
that tried to hold them.
Wyman remembers how the crowds were soon
inspiring manic behaviour, especially among screaming girls, whose
uncontrollable excitement was obvious as stardom beckoned for the band
already earmarked as the bad guys with press headlines - 'Would you let
your daughter marry a Rolling Stone?
Riots and the chaos of
early tours are graphically depicted, as is the birth of the
Jagger-Richards songwriting partnership. The many dramas they
encountered are also fully addressed, including the Redlands drug bust,
the descent of Brian Jones into what Richards calls "bye-bye land," and
the terror and disillusionment of 1969's Altamont Festival.
film illustrates the Stones' evolution from being, as Mick vividly
describes it, "the band everybody hated to the band everybody loves":
through the hedonistic 1970s and Keith's turning-point bust in Canada to
the spectacular touring phenomenon we know today.
Richards also reveals
the song that he believes defines the "essence" of his writing
relationship with Jagger more than any other.
Asked in a
formative interview in the film what it is that sets them apart from
other groups, Jagger says with quiet understatement: "A chemical
reaction seems to have happened."
Keith Richards added, "You can't
really stop the Rolling Stones, you know when that sort of avalanche is
facing you, you just get out of the way". It's been happening ever
since, and the life and times of the Rolling Stones have never been as
electrifyingly portrayed as they are in 'Crossfire Hurricane.'
distributors of 'Crossfire Hurricane' are Eagle Rock Entertainment in
London, with Tremelo Productions and Milkwood Films as the production
As befits the first rock band to reach the 50-year
milestone with their global stature now greater than ever, the film
combines extensive historical footage, much of it widely unseen, with
contemporary commentaries by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts,
Ronnie Wood and former Stones Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor.
interviews, extensive live performance material and news archive give
the production a truly kinetic aura and no-holds-barred approach.
'Crossfire Hurricane' has taken over a year to make and produce with the
full cooperation of The Rolling Stones and will be released in