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Rolling Stones ‘Shine A Light Movie’ – is it for them or for us?

I like that the Stones, when talking about their upcoming concert flick ‘Shine A Light’, have made references to wanting to do this properly as it will be a lasting document for their fans. Hence why they got the great Martin Scorsese in to direct. (And also, inevitably, why it will retail in a special super deluxe fancy package and cost the price of Namibia to buy when it comes out, but I digress.) Initial reviews are positive. this is a legacy piece.

But what legacy? After all, the Stones have pissed on their own legacy more than anybody else could have. Jagger’s Ever Changing Accents. Richards’ metamorphosis from the Planets Single Greatest Rock N Roll icon to the embarrasing Uncle who will get his willy out at family parties to try to shock. The Like A Rolling Stone cover.  I could go on.

So, more likely, they saw the treatment Dylan got and wanted some of that, that credibility rub which working with a cinematic legend brings. The Stones became a cartoon; musically, they have been ‘patchy’ since 1974 (and for ‘patchy, read ‘one good tune every album, if yer lucky’.) The gargantuan tours showcasing pisspoor new albums can’t have been for money, surely; it was for ego. And this sounds a helluva lot like that too. I’m sure it will be a resounding success. But the Stones may care to realise that the status they lost won’t be corrected with a movie, however well shot. They need to reconnect with who they were. But Sir Mick and Uncle Keef seem a long, long way from those guys these days.

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2 Responses

  1. much as I adore the rolling stones – within a certain timeframe – I cant understand who would go to see them now( though many do)or why.
    unless you are the kind of person who enjoys repeats and predictability.
    its just getting silly now. maybe when you are on that roller-coaster it becomes impossible to stop and think because you become to busy screaming “go faster”.
    I especially find it hard to see how they get charlie watts to agree to keep doing it.

  2. I think it’s fear and ego.

    I also think the only reason people go – and I know a lot of young people who do – is to say they have.

    As for Charlie Watts, there’s a joke about drummers and lack of brains begging to be made!

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