Reviewed by Brian Lowry, CNN

“The Beatles: Get Back” set the bar very high for nostalgic music, but “My Life as a Rolling Stone” is no slouch. Who is who who is the rock voice who acts as a chorus. Yes, you can’t always get what you want, but for Rolling Stones fans, this should be close.

Broadcast on the BBC in the UK and the Epix pay channel in the US, this documentary series, narrated by Sienna Miller, interviews Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood in front of the camera and tells the musicians, managers and others about the band. I leave an insight about As an off-camera voice, it keeps the Stones squarely in focus.

As nicely written, the first installment (which is understandably devoted to Jaguar) describes the group as “a link between the 1960s counterculture and the commercial modern world.”

There is biographical material that focuses on their musical influences. For example, how Jagger, the clear leader and “brand manager,” as one observer puts it, studied Little Richard in learning how to command the stage. Jon Bong also included creating his stadium experience The Rock, as Jovi refers to it.

Jagger claimed he was actually naïve about the impact of his androgynous appearance (“I didn’t even know I was androgyny”), and Richards had a relationship with the Beatles in the ’60s. I believe that the burgeoning popularity of the Beatles made the Stones a reality.

“Without the Beatles, there would be no Stones,” he says.

Richards’ Hour colorfully spelled out his reputation as not only a “rebellious hedonist” and substance abuser, but also a trailblazer who helped create the band’s sound and image. doing. Followed by us rebellious rock guitarists. “

Wood, meanwhile, was presented as the glue holding the Stones together after replacing Mick Taylor in the mid-1970s, putting his ego aside to deal with a high-maintenance partner. , is a tribute to late drummer Charlie Watts, who passed away in 2021.

Executive producer Steve Condi and the four directors don’t cover up the controversy and excesses surrounding the Stones.

These decades in the spotlight and the wealth of footage associated with them always benefits filmmakers, if not the members themselves.

“Some people accept it, some people don’t,” Jagger says of the pressures that come with fame. “This is like a contract with the devil.”

“My Life as a Rolling Stone” fosters a certain amount of empathy for these demons, but for the most part, it evokes an appreciation for decades-long levels of rock magic. Apologies to the song, no need to introduce.

“My Life as a Rolling Stone” will premiere on Epix on August 7th.

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