It’s The Rolling Stones’ 50th birthday, so get used to a glut of nostalgia-driven things like collections, collectibles, and, of course, documentaries. In addition to the forthcoming Crossing Hurricane, the Stones will be commemorated with Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland 1965, a rarely seen film thatdates back to 1965 (via The New York Times).
Initially directed by Peter Whitehead, the obscure documentary captures the original Stones lineup of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman, and Charlie Watts visiting Ireland circa September 1965. The English filmmaker was commissioned by the band’s manager Andrew Loog Oldham to intimately film the group both on and off stage, including personal songwriting sessions between Jagger and Richards in hotel rooms. At the time, the band’s current single “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” topped the British charts, and the film reportedly includes the earliest performances of it.
Here’s where it gets complicated: Whitehead’s original cut ran 35 minutes in length and was hardly screened. Years later, Oldham reedited the film in the ’80s, expanding it to 50 minutes, though again with limited screenings. Director Mick Gochanour and producer Robin Klein handled the new cut, which now spans 65 minutes and uses even more unseen footage originally shot by Whitehead. That cut will see a proper, albeit exclusive release beginning this Saturday at the New York Film Festival and continuing Friday, October 5th at New York’s 92nd Street Y. The latter features a Q&A between Whitehead and the E Street Band’s Steve Van Zandt.
No worries, Stones fans. All three cuts of this unseen relic will surface on DVD and Blu-Ray come November 6th. Not surprisingly, there will also be a box set that includes both the DVD and Blu-ray discs, two CDs (the soundtrack and live recordings of their 1965 British tour), a 10″ vinyl of live tracks, a 1965 Belfast gig poster, a 42 pg hardcover book, and even a limited cell from the film. Well, at least you know what to get your pops for Christmas.
To see what’s in store, check out a short clip of the film below.