Coming to England’s BBC TV this summer is the four-part docuseries, My Life As A Rolling Stone. The specials, produced in conjunction with the band in celebration of its 60th anniversary, will feature an hour-long look each on Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ron Wood, and the late-Charlie Watts. Neither former members Bill Wyman or Mick Taylor will be given their own spotlight docs.
The Guardian reported the films set to air on BBC 2, feature, “unseen footage and exclusive stories from Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood interwoven with new and archive interviews and performance,’ while the Watts film is told through his bandmates and peers. Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, Steven Tyler, Chrissie Hynde, Slash, and PP Arnold are among those who have contributed to the films.”
Mick Jagger explained that a lot of times in rock, people tend to romanticize the relationships between bandmembers: “I don’t feel like a family, it’s like a. . . The great difference is that people confuse families and gangs. A gang is a rather immature group, whereas a family is rather mature group. And you have to make the transference from being in a gang to being in a family. The gang never likes the fact that you have a family — and vice versa; the family never likes the fact that you have a gang. It’s hard in life to have to balance that. But definitely, the Rolling Stones is not a family — it’s a gang.”
The Rolling Stones’ 14-stadium European run kicks off on June 1st in Madrid, Spain and plays through July 31st in Stockholm, Sweden.