15 Things We Learned From Episode 1 Of The New Rolling Stones Documentary “My Life As A Rolling Stone”

Welcome to our coverage of the new documentary series, My Rolling Stone Life.

The four-part television series about one of the most famous and influential rock bands of the past 100 years – The Rolling Stones – airs on EPIX, which can be found on Sling and Fubo, among several other outlets . The band, of course, is celebrating its 60th anniversary, which includes a major tour and the new documentary series.

The series focuses on each of the four main Stones (one per episode), from Mick Jagger to Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and the late drummer Charlie Watts, who died in 2021. Below, we’ll dive into the 15 things we learned from the show’s opening episode, which spotlights the band’s frontman, Jagger, for an hour.

The “rockuseries” debuted on Sunday August 7 in the United States after dropping earlier this year on July 2 in the United Kingdom, where the group was formed. With archival footage, new interviews and plenty of musical moments, the series should prove both valuable to fans of the band and entertaining. It is narrated by Sienna Miller and directed by Oliver Murray.

Let’s look at this.

1. At the start of the documentary, Mick Jagger talks about how stupid he thinks documentaries are. They just try to put people in “boxes”, he says, so history and stories can just be “repeated”. This one will be different, he says – at least, that’s the hope. Let’s see if he’s right.

2. The Rolling Stones had a pinball machine. Did you know ? They also have a plane with their mouth-lips-tongue logo. Ah, to be famous.

3. Keith Richards calls Mick “the best leader in the business.” He’s probably right too. He also says, “He really is an honorable man…beneath all that bullshit!”

4. “My big job is to be a big showoff,” says Jagger. Sheryl Crow calls him the “greatest rock star of all time”.

5. Mick started performing at local dances when he was 15 or 16 years old. He sat with the “fat” bands that were playing. He was already effective at that time and he said to himself: “I can do this.

6. The Rolling Stones were founded by Brian Jones, who died in 1969.

7. Mick Jagger’s lips look like two pink slugs. You can’t take your eyes off them.

8. The band started rising to fame in the UK just months after forming. “Television is hugely important,” Jagger says of the success. He studied television and cameras and learned to stand out, including practicing his moves at home. And while the group was first known as a “blues” band, Jagger says it was always about rock and roll.

9. “We wanted to write pop songs,” says Jagger. They were known for their early covers. But they knew songwriting was key. Keith and Mick wrote, not Brian Jones. “He was very musical,” Jagger says of Jones. “Innovative.” “We thought it was our band,” Jagger says of the Stones, though Jones would say it was “his.”

10. Keith and Mick wrote “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and it went No. 1 almost instantly. Boom!

11. It’s hard not to wonder, watching the show, how Mick Jagger’s hips still work. More than any song, this could be the key to its longevity. Does he even have hips? Or rubber balls inside ice cream cones?

12. Like so many others, Jagger credits Little Richard with tricks of impressive stage presence. As always, praise to Little Richard.

13. It takes ego to entertain, says Jagger. People compare him to an “animal” on stage. Others compare him to a “young child” who dances with so much “heart” that you have to “kiss” him. It’s probably all of the above.

14. Did you know that Mick’s name is actually Mike? As a schoolboy, Jagger says he studied hard and wanted to go to college. He spent two years at the London School of Economics. So tried to “unlearn” everything, he says with a speck between those two pink slugs he calls lips.

15. The Rolling Stones were arrested one day (while tripping on acid) and it created controversy and mistrust that continues to this day. “I could use a joint right now,” Richards says, talking about the moment.

For more on the Stones’ new series, check out EPIX and return to American Songwriter for more on our coverage of the next three episodes..

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