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New Video Of The Rolling Stones “Covering” The Beatles In Never Before Seen Documentary
October 19, 2012
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The Beatles or The Rolling Stones? Which is the greatest band of all time?

It's one of the great debates in pop culture history. Right up there with Gretzky or Orr? Ali or Tyson? The New Kids or The Backstreet Boys? Tastes Great or Less Filling?

Well, if Rolling Stone magazine is the authority on this kind of the thing - it's The Beatles. In its list of 100 Greatest Artists, it put The Beatles first and The Stones 4th (behind #3 Elvis and #2 Bob Dylan).

And when The Stones first broke, their manager at the time - Andrew Loog Oldham - promoted them as the nasty opposites of The Beatles.

On their first UK album, he wouldn't let The Stones smile for the cover and he encouraged the press to use headlines such as "Would you let your daughter marry a Rolling Stone?

But the truth is, The Beatles and The Stones got along quite well. In fact, The Stones hit 'I Wanna Be Your Man' was written especially for them by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

New-Video-of-the-rolling-stones-covering-the-beatles-in-never-before-seen-documentary-feature2.jpgWell now, a new clip has emerged from a 1965 documentary directed by Peter Whitehead called 'Charlie Is My Darling'.

In it, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are hanging out, playing around with the guitar and a couple of songs by The Beatles.

You can't exactly call them "covers," but Mick and Keith get into "I've Just Seen A Face" and "Eight Days A Week" while Charlie Watts looks on.

Take a look. It's good fun.

The documentary 'Charlie Is My Darling' is apparently the first movie ever made about The Stones, but it was never released publicly.

Now, it's been remastered by ABKCO Films and will be released on November 6 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Stones. It will also premiere on Direct TV on November 10.

Also in early November, theatrical screenings of the film are planned in London, New York and Los Angeles. Here's the trailer.

To this point, The Stones were mainly a blues cover band. But when this film was shot, they were writing their own material - really, a defining moment in their history.

Asked why it was so important for the band to write their own material, Oldham said, "Well, look what happened to the bands that didn't. You know, I mean, you're like an airplane without parachutes. It's a voice. It's a very necessary part of a band to have a voice. Or else you're just duplications."

As this piece puts it, "'Charlie is My Darling' shows a band teetering on the brink of international rock 'n' roll stardom and struggling to figure out what it all means."

The Stones have also confirmed four concert dates commemorating their 50th anniversary.

November 25 and 29 at London's O2 Arena, and December 13 and 15 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, across the Hudson River from New York City.

The band has hinted that "maybe a few friends" could be joining them. Tickets for the London shows went on sale today and sold out in seven minutes. Tickets for the New Jersey gigs go on sale next Friday, October 26.

Recently, The Stones released a new single - their first in 7 years. It's called 'Doom and Gloom' and is one of two new songs for their upcoming greatest hits compilation 'GRRR!' that comes out November 13.

If you haven't heard it, here it is.

There's also talk The Stones might headline the huge 2013 Glastonbury Music Festival. The festival sold out last week in record time.

And there's another new doc about The Stones called 'Crossfire Hurricane'. The music site NME has a review here.

And here's the trailer.

This Sunday on The Strombo Show George and Colton Eddy will be discussing the return of the Stones. Make sure to tune-in at 8 PM. Check out the frequencies page here.

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