Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane

Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane


When your 50-year career has been played out loudly and publicly, how do you retell the story in a fresh and interesting way? Brett Morgen’s answer is this kaleidoscopic two-part rockumentary that overlays recently recorded interviews with the current band members over archive film of them as they toured and performed during the 60s and 70s.

The backstage footage captures the frenetic pace of rock-star life
as well as the fans’ hysteria and the outrage of the establishment, while their reflections are revealing (if sometimes difficult to attribute to the correct person). You have to love Keith Richards when he insists “the cops turned me into a criminal” after his 1967 drug conviction, which was subsequently overturned, while Bill Wyman gives a graphic description of how girls in the audience would get a little over-excited.


Part one of two. Brett Morgen's documentary charting the 50-year career of the rock band, providing an insight into their journey from blues-obsessed teenagers in the early 1960s to the stadium-fillers of the present day. The film features historical footage, much of it widely unseen, and interviews with band members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood, as well as former Stones Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor. Part two follows.