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“Crossfire Hurricane” chronicles rise of The Rolling Stones

Melissa Hayer Modified: April 24, 2013 at 1:25 pm •  Published: November 12, 2012
From left, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones - Photo: Rankin/courtesy of HBO
From left, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones - Photo: Rankin/courtesy of HBO

 

The HBO documentary “Crossfire Hurricane” is a candid chronicle of rock and roll icons The Rolling Stones, covering the band from its very beginnings through the enormous and turbulent success of the years beyond.

Academy Award nominee Brett Morgen directs this spectacle on the rise of The Rolling Stones, which includes archival footage of early club performances as well as later stadium concerts, backstage clips, and, most fascinatingly, commentary by band members on events as they’re featured.

The death of founding member Brian Jones, riots, drug abuse, the conversion from recording cover songs to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards writing their own music, band lineup changes and the tragic Altamont Festival are among the topics spotlighted in the film.

This documentary excels in providing an inside look into what life has been like as a Rolling Stone and as a member of the rock world, particularly in the ’60s and ’70s.

While the group has faced many controversies throughout its career, there’s no denying the Stones have always managed to not only survive, but thrive.

“Crossfire Hurricane” debuts at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 on HBO.

– Melissa Hayer

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