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Rock of Ages: An Unauthorized Story on the Rolling Stones (DVD Review)

23 Sep, 2009 By: Stephanie Prange

Rock of Ages

Street 9/29/09
$14.98 DVD
Not rated.

Rock of Ages: An Unauthorized Story on the Rolling Stones sounds more salacious than the program actually is. In a style similar to E!’s “True Hollywood Story,” the documentary features interviews with the band members, many obviously culled from junkets as well as footage of press events and news coverage.

The show covers the group’s first appearance in 1962 and the fame and notoriety that has come since then. The history travels through the various comings and goings of band members, Mick Jagger’s and the others’ many romances, spats, drug abuse and arrests.

The program doesn’t include any of the band’s music or performances, which would have been nice to have.
Extras consist mostly of longer versions of the interviews in the program. They include information on Bill Wyman’s photography exhibit, interviews during a recent German concert tour and red carpet interviews for the premiere of Martin Scorsese’s film on the band, Shine a Light.

It’s a serviceable biography — though it doesn’t offer any new revelations. Nevertheless, rabid fans of the band, of which there are many, will likely snap it up.

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