The Rolling Stones have all done it: getting their start as surly yet fresh faced doyens of the British invasion, they would become rock n roll outlaws whispered about in hushed tones before becoming a multi-million dollar global corporation. They have released hit singles, hit albums, hit double albums, and had on record-breaking concert tours, and, between concert films and documentaries, have a filmography that is equal to that of the storied directors.
The four-part My Life As a Rolling Stone premiered on the BBC in July and now makes its US debut on Epix; the first episode is also available to Amazon Prime subscribers. Each episode takes you inside the personal and public lives of the bands four key members. Following the death of founding drummer Charlie Watts last year, the number of official Stones has sadly dropped to three. Starting with a bigger bang, the series begins with a profile of legendary lead singer Mick Jagger.
A group of celebrities, from Sheryl Crow to Metallicas Lars Ulrich, weigh in to cheer Jagger as he prepares for archival interviews. While Jagger unconvincingly claims he does not care about his image in archive footage, new interviews for the series show him in a private office with a marble fireplace and expensive vintage guitars aquiring about the tendency of music documentaries to become a cliche box, and the most important thing is to keep repeating that.
Jagger is not just a control freak, but also a singer and organizer. Jagger is often blamed for their aggressive commercial actions, including drug busts, deaths, addiction, and tax exile. Besides singing and writing, he keeps an eye on stage sets and merchandise and understanding their presentation to the world is vital. Richards Telecaster will be out
Jagger has had little time for the rocking legend throughout the episode. It's all bullshit, the mythology, and deflating many of them throughout the episode. Rather than being blues purists, he claims the Stones were always a rock n roll band. They were totally unentimental about his singing. It's acceptable, he says. He's also fortunate to still be able to sing songs he wrote when he was 19
methinks that if they had behaved like yobs for the headlines, they found out about how the great Chuck Berry was, but it was also the Stones that sought out how Howlin Wolf appeared on Shindig. He may have been the least drugged out member of the Rolling Stones, which granted, but is a low bar, but makes him no less genuine. He was also able to move on stage and speak through firsthand lessons from Little Richard, James Brown, and Tina Turner.
The Stones were murdered by founding member Brian Jones and survived the collapse of Altamont in 1969. Despite their success, they were now the world's top top rock band, which was cash poor due to bad business agreements and huge taxes in the United Kingdom. While his bandmates struggled with drug addiction, Jagger kept an eye on the bottom line. The Rolling Stones is not a rock band, but a corporation, and a brand.
The Rolling Stones' vibrant partnership is fueled by Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards. Initially encouraged to compose their own material by manager Andrew Loog Oldham, Richards said the songs were mostly in teacups. They're friends and business partners with a common goal. Again, shooting down the myth of rock clubs being a band of brothers, Jagger says, I actually have a brother.
No one has the right to appear as good as Mick Jagger or dance across the stage with such ease. Although he has never seemed the most welcoming and cuddly Stone, theres no denying his maturity, integrity, and character. My Life As A Rolling Stone is a new way to tell a story youve already heard, and I'm thrilled to see where the series comes from.