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Rolling Stones come to Canberra (sort of)

By WonsWorld - 11 December 2007 4

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE ROLLING STONES

Dir: Rollin Binzer, USA, 1974, 83 mins, 35mm, col., Eng. (u/c 18+)

Sat 15 December 7:30pm @ National Film & Sound Archive

Rarely seen since its release in 1974, this Rolling Stones concert film was recorded at Fort Worth and Houston, Texas, in June during the Stones’ 1972 North American concert tour. This extraordinary footage shows the boys at their live best and features such classic songs as Brown Sugar, Gimme Shelter, You Can’t Always Get What You Want and Jumping Jack Flash. From the collection of the National Film & Sound Archive.


This is the ulimate/classic (insert superlative) doco/movie for Stones fans and when you compare it to other live doco’s that they have done over the years (“Live at the Max”, “Time is On Our Side” etc) it stands out far and away as the best example of what the self-proclaimed “greatest rock and roll band in the world” can do when the drugs kick in when everything works.

This was filmed during the same world tour that brought the stones to Australia in 1973. At the time they had just released “Exile on Main Street” and that album features in the concerts filmed for this doco. The set list starts with “Brown Sugar”, “Bitch” and “Gimme Shelter” and the set list grows from there.

On stage with the Stones for this show is Bobby Keyes on Sax, Jim Price on Trumpet and Nicky Hopkins on Piano.

I managed to get a very rough copy of this on video back in the early 80’s. To date this is not on DVD anywhere (I have looked high and low). If you even have the slightest interest in the Rolling Stones, this is one classic doco that that you should not miss.

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4 Responses to
Rolling Stones come to Canberra (sort of)
astrojax 10:44 pm 15 Dec 07

fabulous film! and very interesting on a number of levels. there was 15mins of blank screen with the soundtrack of stage set-up and audience before the film kicked off (with some very nice – esp for ’72!) flickers of stage and light before we got full vision, and ten mins at end, finishing with a harley, then a jet taking the band away – presumably. and it was a great doco on mick’s stagecraft. wow! and just generally, what a band and what a set.

and arc is a great cinema. they’re playing ‘zidane’ on feb 28. shall be there.

astrojax 12:50 pm 14 Dec 07

hey, if the film is in the NFSA then you may be able to get a copy, jemmy!

please allow me to introduce myself… can’t wait! ; )

caf 10:24 am 13 Dec 07

It says it’s “From the collection of the National Film & Sound Archive”. (By the way, the NFSA is different to National Archives).

jemmy 11:38 pm 12 Dec 07

I can’t believe this hasn’t been flooded by comments. Is this film in the National Archives or are they just using the facility? If it is in the NA, I will do a double-blink and change my perception of musty corridors to include the staff of drug-taking sex-crazed rockers.

Anyway, I would be there with many bells on except it’s my birthday dinner. Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me… Make mine a double.

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