Director Brett Morgen Talks Rolling Stones Crossfire Hurricane Film

05/23/2013
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(Radio.com) Back in November, HBO premiered Rolling Stones documentary Crossfire Hurricane, and this week, it comes out on DVD and BluRay. Upon the film's initial premiere, Radio.com spoke to the film's director, Brett Morgen, about the access he got to all of the living Rolling Stones — Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ron Wood, as well as former members Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor – and the perks to getting access to their vaults.

Crossfire Hurricane isn't the first Rolling Stones documentary, of course. There's been more than a few, from the recently-released documentary of their 1965 tour Charlie Is My Darling through the perennial favorite, 1972′s C***sucker Blues, and Martin Scorsese's Shine A Light just from just five years ago. Though Morgen is a life-long Stones fan, he says that even he wondered if a new Stones film was necessary.

"At first I was a bit ambivalent, because there have been a dozen Rolling Stones documentaries," Morgen told Radio.com. "And it sort of reeked of 'Best Buy Presents: The Rolling Stones' 50th Anniversary.' Which I didn't have any interest in. To the first point, I realized there was only one documentary that sort of traced the evolution of their story, (the 1993 film) 25×5: The Continuing Adventures Of The Rolling Stones, which has been out of print for years. That film was a completely different style from what I did… without saying anything bad about it."

As for his vision, Morgen explained: "I don't think that music documentaries should be history lessons. My goal is to make the film the embodiment of the subject matter." more on this story

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