Thanks to Brett Morgen’s superb new film, it is now possible to see the Rolling Stones live in 1963, 1972 and all points up to and including the band’s 1981 American tour. Most of Crossfire Hurricane consists of live footage; the evolution of the Stones is illustrated via concert hall, free festival or sports stadia, with their marvellous adventures narrated off-screen by the six surviving members of the band. It’s possible Morgen – and, presumably, the film’s producer, Mick Jagger – would like us to believe that live is very much where it’s at for the Stones. Of the 20 officially released titles in the Rolling Stones filmography, 16 of them are concert films. (Equally, I wonder how much footage exists of the band in the studio and how much of it would make for dynamic cinema viewing.)
For CROSSFIRE HURRICANE, the filmmakers amassed a library of more than 1000 hours of film and 500 hours of audio by gaining access to outtakes from nearly all of the Stones documentary films. With never-before-seen footage, most notably from “Gimme Shelter” and “Cocksucker Blues,” and fresh insights from the band members themselves, the film will delight, shock and amaze longtime devotees, as well as more recent fans, with its uniquely immersive style and tone. Drawing on more than 80 hours of new interviews with the band, the film marks the most extensive participation by the Stones in a documentary ever.
The Rolling Stones videography
"Crossfire Hurricane", directed by Brett Morgen, is released as part of the ongoing 50th anniversary celebrations of The Rolling Stones. This superb new film tells the story of the Stones' unparalleled journey from blues obsessed teenagers in the early sixties to their undisputed status as rock royalty. All of The Rolling Stones have been newly interviewed and their words form the narrative arc that links together archive footage of performances, news coverage and interviews, much of it previously unseen. Taking its title from a lyric in "Jumpin' Jack Flash", "Crossfire Hurricane" gives the viewer an intimate insight into exactly what it's like to be part of The Rolling Stones as they overcome denunciation, drugs, dissensions and death to become the definitive survivors. Over a year in the making and produced with the full co-operation and involvement of The Rolling Stones, "Crossfire Hurricane" is and will remain the definitive story of the world's greatest rock 'n' roll band.
CROSSFIRE HURRICANE places the viewer right on the front line of the band’s most legendary escapades. Taking its title from a lyric in “Jumping Jack Flash,” CROSSFIRE HURRICANE gives the audience an intimate insight, for the first time, into exactly what it was like to be part of the Rolling Stones as they overcame denunciation, drugs, dissension and death to become the definitive survivors. It’s the backstage pass to outdo them all.