Keith Richards: The Human Riff
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~ The story is told by a combination of narration and interviews with journalists and authors who have traveled with and written about Keith and The Stones. There are also a few interviews with some musicians who have worked with Keith. Interestingly, none of the musicians interviewed could be classified as close to Keith or frequent collaborators with Keith, and there are no interviews with other members of The Stones. However, the input from the journalists and authors is valuable.
~ As mentioned above, there are frequent snippets of performance videos to enhance the story and to demonstrate Keith's unique musical style. These performance clips and on-camera interviews with Keith as well as photographs provide an interesting study of the 'evolution' of Keith's facial features over the last 50 years.
~ Noted guitar educator Wolf Marshall appears at various times throughout the video to discuss and demonstrate Keith's guitar techniques. The editors do a nice job of morphing from Wolf's demonstrations of Keith's technique to video clips of Keith and The Stones playing. Indeed, more than most "biography" documentaries, this video focuses on the music and how it has changed over the years due to various influences on Keith and The Stones. There is considerable discussion of Keith's approach to the guitar and his music. The take-home message of the DVD is the respect everyone has for Keith the musician, Keith the rhythm / lead guitarist, Keith the Human Riff.
Rockologists are compelling - I was stunned to hear some real criticism of Keith's/Stones recorded works; plus the mention of the name Chuck Berry, countless times. These documentaries of '60s superstars uually say that, well, in the beginning, the artist borrowed a few licks from 1950s pioneers. I will be ordering a few Stones albums/CDs I never owned before. (Already got a complete Chuck collection!).
For oldtime fans (not "expert" fans) like me, it's great to have a great reference on solo projects into the '90s.
Bernie Worrell, the Soul-Funk-Rock instrumental genius, does not analyze the tracks..just delivers his own Keith experience, with deep emotion.
Project is seriously lacking distaff input. Keith once made a particularly great, honest statement: (paraphrasing) "Why am I still in Rock and Roll? The girls in the front row!".
Then there is some guy who's name I didn't care enough to remember playing Keith's licks and not
nearly as well.
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Most of what's on the DVD is footage that's on "12x25" or "Gimme Shelter", or a few other DVD's. Read morePublished on June 26, 2013 by Monkeyleg
cool movie, good interviews, not authorized but has real stones songs and interviews with Keith. It's a must have for anyone who sleeps with a copy of "Life" under their... Read morePublished on March 7, 2013 by Joel Miller
I'm not so good at writing reviews but this DVD was for my husband. He's a huge Keith Richards fan and the Rolling Stones. Read morePublished on August 5, 2012 by petsorgina
Over all a very good and informative DVD. However a lot of the terms used I did not understand, but if you have knowledge of music it would have been great. Read morePublished on December 15, 2011 by joe wilson