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Not Fading Away
on 27 November 2012
The best thing about the Stones' recent anniversary is the release of so much material from their past. This film of their '65 tour of Ireland put me in mind of Pennebaker's Dylan film of the same period, Don't Look Back. Whilst nowhere near such an important document, this is nevertheless an interesting record of the Stones at their early peak. We follow them around Ireland, chatting between gigs and performing on stage. All the concert material is simply shot and cut with scenes of their fans. The standout track is a blistering Satisfaction. Much of the intervening material is of the guys fooling around, and not hugely revealing. There is, however, a fascinating insight into Jagger and Richards' songwriting technique. Jagger himself is remarkably insightful for a young man. All the others have their own comments on their recent fame. The material of Brian Jones, seemingly happy and well, is particuarly touching, bearing in mind the decline and death that is only a few years away.
Some of the best of this material is to be found in their recent Corssfire Hurricane documentary. Whilst this isn't such an important and thorough document of the band, there's much here for the fan to enjoy.