‘My Life as a Rolling Stone’ overview: The Rolling Stones get a stadium-worthy highlight in a nostalgic BBC and Epix docuseries

Narrated by Sienna Miller, the docuseries — taking part in on the BBC within the UK and on the Epix pay channel within the US — interviews Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wooden on digicam, whereas leaving the musicians, managers and others with perception in regards to the band as off-camera voices, preserving the main focus squarely on the Stones.

Properly written, the opening installment (dedicated to Jagger, naturally) describes the group as “a link between the counterculture of the 1960s and the commercial modern world.”

There’s biographical materials specializing in their musical influences, comparable to how Jagger — the clear chief and “brand manager,” as one observer places it — primarily studied Little Richard as he discovered command a stage. That included creating the rock stadium expertise, as Jon Bon Jovi notes, calling his first publicity to these early exhibits “mind-blowing.”

Jagger insists he was truly naïve in regards to the influence of his androgynous look (“I didn’t even know I was doing androgyny”), whereas Richards credit the Beatles and their burgeoning reputation within the ’60s with making the Stones occur.

“Without the Beatles the Stones would never have been there,” he says.

Ever colourful, the Richards hour particulars his fame as a “defiant hedonist” and drug abuser, but in addition a trailblazer who helped create the band’s sound and picture — “The model,” as Slash of Weapons ‘N Roses says, “that all of us rebellious rock guitarists follow.”

Wooden, in the meantime, is introduced because the glue that held the Stones collectively after he changed Mick Taylor within the mid-Nineteen Seventies, setting his ego apart to cope with his higher-maintenance companions. The last installment pays tribute to the late drummer Charlie Watts, who died in 2021. “The best drummer England has ever produced,” Richards says.

Govt producer Steve Condie and the 4 administrators do not gloss over controversies and excesses related to the Stones, however the emphasis is clearly to ship a celebration of their artistry in addition to longevity as still-rocking septuagenarians.

These many years within the highlight and the ample footage related to them yield dividends for the filmmakers if not all the time the members themselves, who concede that the unrelenting consideration is one thing of a double-edged sword.

“Some people can take it, and some people can’t,” Jagger says, discussing the pressures related to fame. “It’s a bit of a pact with the devil.”

“My Life As a Rolling Stone” fosters a level of sympathy for these devils, however principally, a way of appreciation for many years of a degree of rock wizardry that, with apologies to the tune, wants no introduction.

“My Life As a Rolling Stone” premieres Aug. 7 on Epix.