Rolling Stones bassist Darryl Jones subject of new documentary
After bassist Bill Wyman left the Rolling Stones in 1992, the band endured numerous auditions to find a replacement for the legendary bassist. The remaining members, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts, found someone who managed to mend the band’s musical fabric and build on a 60-year legacy.
Bassist Darryl Jones, who played alongside Miles Davis and Sting, joined the rock icons in 1993. A new documentary, Darryl Jones: In the Bloodexamines his life and career inside and outside Rolling Stones fame.
Jones grew up in South Chicago, and the film depicts her upbringing against the racial and political issues of the time. The documentary also follows the musician throughout his musical career before joining the Rolling Stones. The bassist has spent years building an impressive resume, playing with greats like Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Sting, Peter Gabriel and Madonna.
Featuring conversations with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood, as well as one of the last filmed interviews with the late Charlie Watts, the film touches on the mark he made as part of the Stones.
“In a band, you really have to get along with everyone, and Darryl is one of those people that’s really easy to work with and great to be around,” Watts said of the entertainer. “He’s one of the best bass players in the world,” Richards added.
“It’s not an easy thing to replace someone who is a founding member of a band like the Stones,” documentary director Eric Hamburg said in a Q&A about the project. “And yet, Darryl was able to do it. I don’t know if they could have gone on for the past 30 years if they hadn’t had Darryl Jones playing with them.
Hamburg discussed the film unlike other documentaries about the musicians. “It’s not like you see so many movies about ‘This guy was a great musician, but he got mad and he overdosed and he died, or was in a plane crash or whatever it be,'” the director explained. “It’s a film about a very inspiring person. And so I wanted to keep the focus on that.
Watch the trailer for Darryl Jones: In the Blood below. The film is now playing in limited release in theaters and is available on select streaming platforms, including Amazon Prime and Apple TV.
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