Rolling Stones – Truth and Lies DVD
2006 Eagle Rock Entertainment
Why is Gator doing a review
of a “rock band” on the Blues site??
Well, The Stones started as a blues band; most members
have deep blues roots; and technically The Stones
are R & B not “rock”. Anyway, any
group that can persevere for 45 years, sell over
75 million records, well… Forty-five years
of music from the “same band” is unheard
of. Technically it is not the same band for all
those years but all organizations and businesses
change over 45 years. The Stones are a biz as well
as a band.
If you’re looking for
music this is not the DVD for you. If you’re
looking for a great insight and history of The Stones
here it is. Nearly 90 minutes of documentary information
and background info on the icon known as “The
Stones”. You will learn about the history
of cultures, especially in the US and UK, social
timing and how The Stones fit themselves into that
The now recognized pattern
of cutting an album then touring to promote it was,
if not started by The Stones, certainly institutionalized
by them. From their first album (cut in one day)
which has great raw energy to their recent works
which are digitally produced the Stones prevail
against all odds. Nearly dissolved a couple of times
by police charges, death, and musicians who went
their own way, they survive as the only true band
of the 60’s and 70’s and that music
survives with them.
They are the “bad boys”
of rock; the “anti-Beatles”; the smug,
even defiant, rockers you wouldn’t have taken
home to mom but they are above all else great showmen.
Don’t get me wrong. Their music is solid and
well practiced but many groups have that. To survive
45 years, be the best selling concert ticket, even
at exorbitant prices, you must put out a great show---and
they don’t disappoint.
All-in-all a great DVD, buy
it enjoy it and let your kids watch it. The Stones
are a real part of history. Gator gives this DVD
a 4.8 on the STLBluesometer.