Q&A with Martin Scorsese and The Rolling Stones


It’s a collaboration of two of the most galvanizing voices in the history of film and music.

In the fall of 2006, legendary director Martin Scorsese decided to film iconic rockers The Rolling Stones over a two-day period at the intimate Beacon Theater in New York City. The two-day event was a benefit for the Clinton Foundation’s climate change efforts, and the former president, accompanied by wife/current presidential hopeful Hillary, opened for the greatest rock and roll band in the world.

Flanked by a host of cameras operated by some of the medium’s finest cinematographers, including Oscar-nominated Gimme Shelter lensman Albert Maysles, Scorsese shot the Stones from every conceivable angle, capturing the aging rockers in all their glory.

Mr. Scorsese’s film career has always been tied to that of the Stones, since their music can be heard playing in the background of some of the most iconic moments of his films.

The Stones documentary Shine a Light continues the tradition. Combining rare archival footage with live concert footage at the Beacon, Scorsese provides us with a career-spanning film that only amplifies the legend of filmmaker and band.

This past weekend, Scorsese and the four surviving members of the Rolling Stones – vocalist Mick Jagger, guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood, and drummer Charlie Watts – reunited in the Big Apple for a much-anticipated press conference at the New York Palace Hotel.

(Manhattan Movie Magazine)

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