History of 'The Stones and Brian Jones' Explored in New Documentary

Nick Broomfield's film is said to explore the "creative musical genius" of the founder and original leader

Photo: Michael Ochs Archives via BBC Media Centre

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Oct 10, 2023

Shortly after the Rolling Stones release new album Hackney Diamonds this month, a new documentary will explore the life and work of Brian Jones, the iconic rock band's founder and original leader. 

Directed by Nick BroomfieldThe Stones and Brian Jones "explores the creative musical genius of Jones, key to the success of the band, and uncovers how the founder of what became the greatest rock 'n' roll band in the world was left behind in the shadows of history," per an abstract.

Arriving via Magnolia Pictures, the film features "revealing interviews with all the main players and unseen archive released for the first time," and will first be treated to a special theatrical screening event on November 7 ahead of a wide digital release on November 17.

Jones founded the Rolling Stones in 1962 at age 19, and as the decade wore on, he became estranged from his bandmates and struggled with substance abuse. After announcing his departure from the group in June 1969, Jones was found dead in July of that year at age 27, having drowned in the swimming pool at his home in Cotchford Farm, East Sussex.

Director Broomfield has previously helmed documentaries on subjects including Leonard Cohen, Whitney Houston, Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, 2Pac and the Notorious B.I.G. and many more.

Hackney Diamonds, arriving October 20, marks the Rolling Stones' first album of new material in 18 years. Recent single "Sweet Sounds of Heaven" features Lady Gaga and Stevie Wonder.

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