In September 1965 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction was the number one record in the world.
The Stones' manager, Andrew Loog Oldham hired a small film crew led by Peter Whitehead to join then on a short, two-city tour of Ireland.
This is the band... before they became the legend.
The Rolling Stones Charlie is my Darling - Ireland 1965 - Official Trailer
ABKCO Films is proud to join in the celebration of the Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary by announcing exclusive details of the release of the legendary, but never before officially released film, The Rolling Stones ‘Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland 1965’. The film marked the cinematic debut of the band, and will be released in Australia on Blu-ray and DVD on November 2nd and in Super Deluxe Box Set on 9th November.
The Rolling Stones Charlie is my Darling – Ireland 1965 was shot on a quick weekend tour of Ireland just weeks after “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” hit # 1 on the charts and became the international anthem for an entire generation. Charlie Is My Darling is an intimate, behind-the-scenes diary of life on the road with the young Rolling Stones featuring the first professionally filmed concert performances of the band’s long and storied touring career, documenting the early frenzy of their fans and the riots their live performances incited.
Charlie Is My Darling showcases dramatic concert footage – including electrifying performances of “The Last Time,” “Time Is On My Side” and the first ever concert performance of the Stones counterculture classic, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” Candid, off-the-cuff interviews are juxtaposed with revealing, comical scenes of the band goofing around with each other. It’s also an insider’s glimpse into the band’s developing musical style by blending blues, R&B and rock-n-roll riffs, and the film captures the spark about to combust into The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World.
The 1965 version of Charlie Is My Darling was produced by Stones’ manager/producer Andrew Loog Oldham who enlisted director Peter Whitehead to travel with the group and film them as “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” rocketed the band to the pinnacle of the U.S. and U.K. charts. Whitehead, who would later capture “swinging London” in Tonite Let’s All Make Love in London, crafted a 35-minute version of the film (director’s cut) that would surface, from time to time over the years, usually seen with grainy visuals and out of phase music. Later, Oldham put together a 50-minute producer’s cut that was first seen in the 1980s. As noted, both the director’s and producer’s cut are part of the DVD, Blu-ray and Super Deluxe Charlie Is My Darling release.
The GRAMMY® winning team of producer Robin Klein and director Mick Gochanaur developed the new 65 minute version after researching and locating additional film footage shot by Whitehead and uncovering a source of first generation audio recordings of the band’s concert performances. Painstaking work was done on restoring the footage to come up with the new film that offers a coherent narrative and gives the viewer unprecedented access to the Rolling Stones’ original line-up – Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman –on stage live and captured, literally, in trains, planes and automobiles as well as backstage and in smoky hotel rooms where they candidly discuss their future. Never-before-seen footage of the band’s early songwriting process is also included as motel rooms host impromptu songwriting sessions and familiar classics are heard in their infancy as riff and lyric are united.
The world premiere of The Rolling Stones Charlie is my Darling – Ireland 1965 will take place this Friday, September 29 at the 50th New York Film Festival with Andrew Loog Oldham in attendance. An encore screening is set for Wednesday, October 3. Additionally, Oldham and Steven Van Zandt will also host a screening and Q&A at New York’s 92 Street Y on Friday, October 5.