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      The Stones and Brian Jones

      Released Nov 7, 2023 1h 32m Documentary Music List
      93% Tomatometer 27 Reviews 82% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings Featuring revealing interviews with all the main players and unseen archive released for the first time, The Stones and Brian Jones explores the creative musical genius of Jones, key to the success of the band, and uncovers how the founder of what became the greatest rock'n'roll band in the world was left behind in the shadows of history. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Engrossing and incredibly sad, The Stones and Brian Jones is arguably the definitive documentary about its talented subject's troubled life and tragic demise.

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      Ty Burr Ty Burr's Watch List (Substack) The film is worth a Stones die-hard’s time for the early concert footage and for the participation of a pleasantly doddering Bill Wyman... Rated: 2.5/4 Dec 1, 2023 Full Review Godfrey Cheshire RogerEbert.com What the filmmaker really has to offer here is a thesis: he thinks Jones’ rise and fall were essentially determined by his relationship with his parents. Rated: 3/4 Nov 17, 2023 Full Review Nicolas Rapold New York Times The tender twist to this film is that some of his exes — who included Anita Pallenberg and Zouzou, the French actress — help narrate much of his drug-aided decline, most with fondness. Nov 16, 2023 Full Review Robert W. Butler Butler's Cinema Scene For boomers “The Stones and Brian Jones” is a heady trip down Memory Lane. Broomfield has assembled a treasure trove of vintage footage of the Stones. Rated: B Jun 7, 2024 Full Review Benjamin H. Smith Decider The Stones and Brian Jones is certainly a thorough and professionally done bio-doc and Broomfield’s affection for the subject matter is obvious. My main complaint is it doesn’t go far enough in explaining Jones’ musical and cultural importance... Jan 22, 2024 Full Review Barbara Goslawski That Shelf Broomfield creates a poignant autobiography of the musician and a competent history of the early days of the band, but the film doesn’t answer claims that even it brings up. Dec 6, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Michael Lots of great unseen footage and the interview segments with Bill Wyman were fantastic. I understand the need to display Brian's descent into drugs and poor behavior choices, but there was still more of his musical contributions that could have been explored over some of the more focus on the salacious side of Brian and the Stones and their girlfriends. However the movie is still an informative viewing and spotlights Brian's importance to the band. His contributions are still missed. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 11/19/23 Full Review Andy F It told so much about Brian that I did not know before. Every fan of The Rolling Stones will love this part of the history of the founder of the band. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/08/23 Full Review Kevin L This is what I want from docs like this about musicians. I want bandmates, actual friends, family, studio folk who were part of their life. I generally dislike those w/ rando journalists, audiophile fans, non-band members who weren't really close to the person/band, and stale critics rambling on. Lotta video content from Jones' life I'd never seen. Does a strong job of showing the progression of Jones from r 'n' b blues guy needing to put together a band, to Jones at his heartiest as the band exploded around the world and his life was a feast of pleasure and attention, then finally to the crumbling figure w/ a consistent diet of drug abuse and self-sabotage. Interviews w/ band members and love/sex interests are fairly enlightening. Some very much cutting through any mythology of Jones or the band to the root of the problems and Jones' darker side of his personality. But man, they made some damn fine rock n' roll w/ Jones, too. 3.4 stars Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 04/04/24 Full Review Tyler T This movingly documented tragedy explains so much to me about this important band from way before my time. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 12/16/23 Full Review Andrew R One of Broomfield's best. A brilliant portrait of a troubled artist struggling in the shadow of Jagger and Richards. Some incredible archive footage too. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/15/23 Full Review Ruth C Great footage, especially of Brian and Anita Pallenberg. But Jones still comes across as unknowable, as he has always been. It's too bad there weren't more old interviews with Jones. People talked about how difficult he could be but he ends up being a silent cipher. It made me want to know more about his childhood. Did he have brothers and sisters? The movie skidded along but just scratched the surface. The best parts were when Bill Wyman played some Stones' songs and highlighted Brian's musical contributions in them. Bill did seem to be the one Stone who genuinely cared about Brian. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 11/08/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Featuring revealing interviews with all the main players and unseen archive released for the first time, The Stones and Brian Jones explores the creative musical genius of Jones, key to the success of the band, and uncovers how the founder of what became the greatest rock'n'roll band in the world was left behind in the shadows of history.
      Director
      Nick Broomfield
      Producer
      Nick Broomfield, Shani Hinton, Marc Hoeferlin, Kyle Gibbon
      Distributor
      Magnolia Pictures
      Production Co
      Lafayette Film
      Genre
      Documentary, Music
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Nov 7, 2023, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 17, 2023
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $57.7K
      Runtime
      1h 32m
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