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article imageReview: 'Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane' Special

By Alexander Baron     Nov 18, 2012 in Entertainment
The Rolling Stones have been around, incredibly, for half a century. This two and a half hour documentary looks back on their extraordinary careers.
The first 58 minutes 12 seconds of Crossfire Hurricane can currently be found on iplayer for those who can receive it. It has also been shown in both the USA and Russia, will be shown in other places, and will be available shortly on both DVD and Bluray - whatever they are!
This is a film that speaks for itself. It contains what is said to be much previously unseen archive footage - in black and white, including of the guys talking to the camera and amongst themselves. There is an insight into the origin of the Jagger-Richards songwriting partnership, and much more besides.
This is not a film simply for dedicated Stone's fans because their influence is so pervasive that if you live anywhere in the West, and many other places, including, evidently, Russia, you must have heard some of their classic songs. Some you might not identify readily as such. Probably the classic example of this is As Tears Go By, which their first manager Andrew Oldham (who wrote it with them) gave to Marianne Faithfull, and which later they recorded themselves with a full string arrangement.
Their first album was all covers, and, said Jagger, Oldham told them they would have to write their own material, which was undoubtedly the best advice they ever had. Unfortunately, many of their early concerts ended in violence, something that can in retrospect be blamed on the Zeitgeist rather than their own behaviour, which was far from outrageous or even shocking, even by 1960s standards.
What could have been their nadir or even the end for the Stones was the Redlands drug bust that saw Keith Richards telling the court "I'm not interested in your petty morals". He and Jagger were convicted and sent down but were freed on appeal almost immediately. If Keith learned anything from that experience, he doesn't show it today.
This part ends with the 1969 Hyde Park concert which became a memorial for the tragic Brian Jones, who died shortly before it. Be sure to check it out, and the rest.
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