Rolling Stones - Mick Vs. Keith: The Strange Case Of Jagger & Richards
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To save any confusion this is a packaged set of two previous documentaries, rel3ased a number of years ago, on the two musicians, specifically The Roaring 20s, which examines Jagger's influences and work during that period in his life (i.e. his 20s), and Keith Richards Under Review, which looks at Richards from his youth to present day on a much longer arc.
There are two keys when it comes to unauthorized documentaries like this, the first is that the lack of participation by the subjects themselves may be cause for concern, but don't forget many great music docs are made about performers and musicians who have passed on, when only archive interviews and footage is available. This is the case here, Jagger and Richards are represented only by archive material but for me this doesn't cause any loss of enjoyment, and, having an independent palette, at least the producers are free to have whoever they wish included and not to have to worry about 'final cuts' (often a by word for censorship) by the management.
But the other more important key is how familiar one may be with the subject is likely how entertaining that may find said documentaries.Read more ›
Its easy to see both the parallels and differences in the styles of each after viewing these separate programs and in completion the collection leaves one with a satisfied feeling of perhaps greater tolerance for some of Jagger's more irritating habits and more respect for Richards when viewing him in respect of their partnership and collective work.
First of all, the Rolling Stones LPs prior to Satanic Majesties' Request, as good as they were, were just warm-ups for the real flowering of the composers themselves. Yeah, yeah, yeah, Satisfaction, Little Red Rooster, and etc. were very good songs, and I have all the early slabs (in fact, the entire Stones catalogue, period; how could one do without them?), but Satanic, as much it tends to be cast into critical limbo, was where the ensemble finally caught up to itself, figuring out how to produce truly original work. Though Jagger pooh-poohs the release, the Brit crits presented in abundance here tend to dismiss his dismissals, as do I, and recognize the LP as a very good fish out of water that immediately led into the amazing Beggar's Banquet, arguably their finest hour...and there's plenty of dissent on that too.
Satanic was almost, if not in fact, progrock and a response to Sgt. Pepper's, the Moody Blues, and other farflung efforts of the time. Sure, the Stones weren't flower-power hippies, but they were remarkable rock and rollers, and, within their métier or not, the LP is undeniably powerful, fanciful, hypnotic, and compelling. Then the lads rolled up their sleeves and really got to work, thus the powerhouses: Beggar's, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers, Exile on Main St., and so on, afterwards falling back down the ladder but still capable of far better fare than, say, The Who in their mostly horrid later pap, Face Dances and beyond.Read more ›
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Contains 2 individual films one about Mick & one about Keef Both are enticing and entertaining and at about 3 hours overall which for this reviewer kept the attention and proved... Read morePublished on November 29, 2013 by Robbie Matador
DO NOT purchase this item. It's a ripe off and this is why. KEITHY RICHARDS UNDER REVIEW is the same video as Keith Richards the Human Riff. The second DVD is The Roaring 20's. Read morePublished on February 26, 2013 by joe wilson