‘The Stones and Brian Jones’ Opens Up About The Origin of The Rolling Stones and its Forgotten Founder
When you think of The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards probably come to mind first. However, there was one founder who is often forgotten about these days, especially since he sadly passed away over 50 years ago. Now, his story is being told in a new documentary called The Stones and Brian Jones by Nick Broomfield.
When The Rolling Stones first began, Jones was the founder and the band’s first leader. He was just as popular as Jagger at the time. Unfortunately, he died in a mysterious drowning accident in 1969 when he was just 27 years old. While many people love to talk about conspiracy theories surrounding his death, Broomfield did not want to focus on those in this documentary.
Broomfield shared, “Brian’s own life mirrored the rebellious spirit of the stones more than any other member. Expelled from two schools. Thrown out of his home. A reckless personal life. The blues was Brian’s salvation.” The film is narrated by Broomfield and shares clips and interviews about Jones, aiming to prove that his legacy is more than just his unexpected death. He hopes to share more about the role that Jones played in some of the band’s best songs, including the incredible flute part in “Ruby Tuesday.”
The premiere of the documentary comes just around the same time as The Rolling Stones release their first new album in several years called Hackney Diamonds. While there isn’t much of Jones’ influence left on the band and their music, it is still important to look back and remember who started the popular group.
The Stones and Brian Jones will premiere in theaters for one night only on Nov. 7 and will be released digitally on Nov. 17 on Apple TV+.