Mini-flurry of Rolling happenings today: First, there’s news that London-based 7Digital will be the first online outlet to offer the entire Stones catalogue in DRM-free format, and in a sweet spot of synchronicity, Scorsese’s Shine A Light trailer popped up online, too. No No Direction Home, this one focuses instead on recent concert footage from two nights at the Beacon (10/29 and 11/1 of last year) and lots of Marty face time. The doc’s live cuts are interspersed with archival Stones footage, a high celeb quotient (Christina Aguilera dances! Jack White sings “Loving Cup”! Bill Clinton smiles!), and an equally high, questionably authentic drama factor (apparently based on Martin Marcantonio Luciano Scorsese’s filming logistics). Looks like they scrapped the initial September release date, opting instead for April ’08, which oughta give Marty plenty of time to scan the footage for more famous faces.

Way to fondle Aguilera there, Mick. Best rock doc of all time? Probably not! (Incidentally, the answer to that question is The Last Waltz, OBVS. But we’re open to suggestions.)

Comments (42)
  1. I see old people.

  2. hedlo  |   Posted on Aug 22nd, 2007 0

    Ooh, must miss!

  3. Thierry  |   Posted on Aug 22nd, 2007 0

    So this is exactly like every single Rolling Stones video shot in a theatre or small venue (see: Stripped, the Olympia Theatre segment of Four Flicks, etc.), but with less Stones and more Scorsese? Genius!!!

  4. stef-k  |   Posted on Aug 22nd, 2007 0

    Looks great

  5. Zayin_451  |   Posted on Aug 22nd, 2007 0

    With the name “Shine a Light” I was hoping it was a documentary about Wolf Parade. Too bad.

    Christina Aquilera could be his daughter, possibly even his granddaughter.

  6. billy budapest  |   Posted on Aug 22nd, 2007 0

    No suggestions needed. The Last Waltz is the greatest movie ever.

  7. “The Last Waltz” is the best rock doc ever? Nay. The presence of Neil Diamond automatically knocks “The Last Waltz” out of contention. Nobody needs that shit. I would say “Gimme Shelter” or “Don’t Look Back.”

    The scene in “Don’t Look Back” where Donovan and Dylan play new songs for each other is gold. You can tell Donovan thought he was out Dylaning Bob. Then Bob plays “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” and kills it. In that moment, it sounded like he wrote the song ABOUT Donovan. “The vagabond who’s rapping at your door, is standing in the clothes that you once wore.” Fucking right. Bob was 50 miles ahead of anyone else in the world at that point. But a strong case can be made for “Gimme Shelter” also.

  8. paul  |   Posted on Aug 22nd, 2007 0

    neil diamond vs. donovan

    who kills a doc more?

  9. sussbomb  |   Posted on Aug 22nd, 2007 0

    hey adam…

    come on now…

  10. alvysinger  |   Posted on Aug 22nd, 2007 0

    answer to best music/concert doc ever:

    Stop Making Sense

  11. Liam  |   Posted on Aug 22nd, 2007 0

    the best rock doc is definitely “gimme shelter”. the scene where the stones are playing “sympathy for the devil”, and the camera cuts down to these two guys in the front row, and people are getting hurt all around them, and the one guy gives mick jagger a really horrified, upset, painful look. mick stops dancing for a few seconds, looks at the guy tentatively, realizes there’s nothing he can do, and goes back to dancing. that moment could really be seen as the exact moment the sixties died.

  12. Chris  |   Posted on Aug 22nd, 2007 0

    Spinal Tap

  13. Anonymous  |   Posted on Aug 22nd, 2007 0

    Neil Diamond’s presence in The Last Waltz (which, yes, is always the scene I skip) is compensated for by the presence/performances of Dr. John in a pink beret and gold shoes, “It Makes No Difference,” Muddy Waters, Levon Helm being the coolest bastard ever during his interview portions, and Neil Young not only doing a version of “Helpless” far superior to CSNY’s, but also sporting the most expensive cocaine Robbie Robertson ever bought in his nostril. Yes, best rock movie ever, and in my opinion as much about the death of the 60′s as “Gimme Shelter.”

  14. alex  |   Posted on Aug 22nd, 2007 0

    don’t look back > most other movies

  15. Bob  |   Posted on Aug 22nd, 2007 0

    Oooooo, You see old people, how clever.
    Want to see another old person stand in front of the mirror 40 years from now. Btw, it will seem like yesterday, that you made that oh so clever comment and you’ll be amazed that you aren’t all that much different than you are now. Then again some old folk do start sucking and you might just be one of them.

  16. Hipster  |   Posted on Aug 23rd, 2007 0

    Oh snap.
    + 1 Bob.

  17. RS  |   Posted on Aug 23rd, 2007 0

    U2′s Rattle and Hum ain’t too shabby.

  18. Stephen  |   Posted on Aug 23rd, 2007 0

    The Last Waltz? Don’t Look Back? Gimme Shelter?

    …uh…did no one even SEE Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker?!

  19. David Young  |   Posted on Aug 23rd, 2007 0

    To all of the nay-sayers…my personal opinion is that the Stones deserve more respect (or satisfaction) if it only be for “Exiles on Main Street”, lest their consistent draw of millions of fans and 100′s of million$ in receipts. I saw them once, post “Exiles”.

    Cut glass, that’s what I crawl across to see them in that intimate atmosphere once more. They did indeed “Shine a Light”. So the next time you put finger to keys, after lip syncing your best rock drag, have “Sympathy for the Devils”. They’ve only transcended millions of dreams for centuries. Phenominal.

  20. David Young  |   Posted on Aug 23rd, 2007 0



    “…Something is happening here, and you don’t know what is is; do you, Mr Jones…

  21. This might seem self-promoting, but I think it’s relevant–I did a top-ten rock documentary post at my site a couple months ago. (#10-6) (#5-1)

  22. Rick  |   Posted on Aug 23rd, 2007 0

    The Rolling Stones are the greatest rock-n-roll band, ever, period, end of story. Yes they are older now but it happens, it hasnt diminished them one bit. Thats why after 45 years they are STILL on top and relevant. The Last Waltz is average at best, Gimme Shelter, The Song Remains the Same, Monterey Pop and newer movies like Rattle and Hum are much better.

  23. Steven Andrew Miller  |   Posted on Aug 23rd, 2007 0

    So Scorsese is basically just making Baby Boomer pornography now?

    Get over yourselves, you old fucks, you didn’t invent sex or music.

  24. mrs  |   Posted on Aug 23rd, 2007 0

    Being a member of Gen X, I submit that both boomers and millenials suck.

  25. Stones porn, sounds delicious!
    I was there!
    The guests were incredible and the Stones owned Manhattan on those nights.
    Watching that trailer made me get goosebumps!
    I’m dreaming of a steel guitar engagement…

  26. thom  |   Posted on Aug 23rd, 2007 0

    speaking of abbr, when will people realize that it is obv not obvs

  27. Rick  |   Posted on Aug 23rd, 2007 0

    No, the Stones didnt invent music or sex and yes they are old, but Leonardo Davinci didnt invent art, Mohammad Ali didnt invent boxing and Frank Lloyd Wright didnt invent architecture. Some people are just much better at it then others. Go back to your Britney Spears CD and come back when you learn something other then how to lip sync. Also being a member of Gen X like MRS above, I submit that most Gen Xers dont know shit.

  28. Steven Andrew Miller  |   Posted on Aug 23rd, 2007 0

    You can not seriously be comparing the Rolling Stones to Leonardo da Vinci and Frank Lloyd Wright?!

    Obviously anyone who does not worship at the alter of overrated boomer rock mush be a big Britney Spears fan.

  29. mrs  |   Posted on Aug 23rd, 2007 0

    This is true, Rick, but I submit we were a product of our environment, who also did not know shit. We at least know we don’t know shit, which already puts us over all those who think they know shit and think their shit does not stink.

  30. Greg  |   Posted on Aug 23rd, 2007 0

    The Last Waltz is extremely overrated. Scorsese’s manipulation of the concert was too heavy handed – he made Robbie Robertson look like the central attraction and was actually him sing into a dummy mic; many of the instrument parts were overdubbed in post production; some songs (like The Weight) were actually recorded in a studio after the ostensibly “final” concert; and the setlist was changed around, interrupting the concert’s natural flow. I’ll grant that the performances are excellent and the finale shows the greatest group of rock artists ever on one stage, but otherwise, watching it makes me think about how much better it would have been if Scorsese had laid off and actually captured the The Band doing their thing.

    Best concert video ever: Stop Making Sense

  31. Greg  |   Posted on Aug 23rd, 2007 0

    I also hope this doc contains a performance of the title track. One of my favourite Stones songs and a live rarity.

  32. Best Doc Ever? Easy choice

    C*cksucker Blues. It skips the Stones on stage, and instead shows the band and the hangers-on killing time by getting high and talking to Truman Capote. That’s better than Marty trying to figure out his crane shots.

  33. Dw Dunphy  |   Posted on Aug 23rd, 2007 0

    It looks like fun… something the Stones have rarely been lately.

  34. Anonymous  |   Posted on Aug 23rd, 2007 0

    Yeah, “Evangeline” and “The Weight” were shot on a sound stage after the Thanksgiving show, but you get Emmylou Harris and the Staples Singers – you’re really gonna dock points for that? Come on.

  35. phobang  |   Posted on Aug 24th, 2007 0

    sometimes i think about how many times mick jagger has sung ‘brown sugar’ or ‘jumping jack flash’ in his lifetime…

  36. JOHN GUY  |   Posted on Aug 24th, 2007 0

    i cant wait to see this movie and by the way i heard that Mick Jaggers original jumpsuit (1972)
    WORN ON HIS 29TH BIRTHDAY will soon be for sale at christies auction either on november 30th or the next upcoming spring auction of rock memorabilia (the cake splashed jumpsuit made by ossie clark especially for micks birthday)at the MSG NEW-YORK the very last night of exile on main street north american tour
    for me mick is the absolute lucifer of rock and this forever LONG LIVE TO THE STONES…..

  37. stefan  |   Posted on Aug 24th, 2007 0

    i really find it funny that anyone is criticizing Martin Scorsese. He is one of the greatest direstors of all time and to think some music kids on some website are trying to say shit about his “crane shots” and “heavy handed”-ness is pretty amusing.

    Say what you will about the stones but leave the scorsese out of it.

  38. Greg  |   Posted on Aug 25th, 2007 0

    Oh, he is absolutely one of the greatest directors of all time and one of my personal favourites. But not everything he touches is great: anyone seen Boxcar Bertha or New York, New York? The point is, Scorsese is a director with big visions, and his attempt to make The Last Waltz fit his vision actually ended up hurting the film. Too much Scorsese, not enough of The Band. When you’re dealing with music that good, you sit back and film. You don’t edit the hell out of it.

  39. Kiki  |   Posted on Aug 27th, 2007 0

    Oh, Stop Making Sense is a great one — my personal fave is Decline of Western Civ (we all love our own golden years).

    I love Joni and Robbie but that movie just doesn’t do it for me. I’ve fallen to sleep over it at least twice.

    It’s endlessly amusing to hear the geezers proclaim their rock the best. Read the comments on this entry for more related hilarity:

  40. Neil Diamond is great in The Last Waltz. My friends and I (all huge, huge Dylan fans) always thought he kinda stole the show when we watched this regularly in college. Now I’m more partial to Van Morrison’s and Neil Young’s performances, but really, Diamond is still pretty good in this.

  41. glimmertwin  |   Posted on Aug 29th, 2007 0

    My all time favorite band is the Stones. But my favorite rock documentary is “The Kids are Alright”, everything you can possibly love about The Who.

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