Keith Richards makes movie about his life
Keith Richards has made a film about his life.
The Rolling Stones legend teamed up with acclaimed director Julien Temple for a TV movie, about growing up in Dartford, Kent, South East England, after World War Two.
In it he talks openly about his experiences of rationing, the end of National Service and all the other factors which led to rock ‘n’ roll taking over the world in the 1960s.
The 72-year-old guitarist said: "I certainly felt that my generation, with what was happening and the feeling in the air, made it a time to push limits. The world is ours now and you can rise or fall on it."
Dartford was bombed more times than any other in the UK during World War Two – which took place between 1939 and 1945 – and Keith narrowly escaped being hit as a baby when his cot was sprayed with brick dust.
Talking about the film, ‘Keith Richards – The Origin of the Species’, Julien said: "Hearing the Stones as a kid changed everything for me. I felt a new way of living emerging, a new kind of person becoming possible – something I wanted to be a part of. And without a doubt I thought Keith Richards was the Origin of the Species.
"This film sets out to explore how both he and the 60s in England came about."
Julien is the man behind the Sex Pistols’ ‘God Save the Queen’ video and has also directed videos for the Rolling Stones, Whitney Houston and David Bowie.
The 60-minute film will be aired on BBC2 next month and will get top billing in the BBC’s My Generation season.
Cassian Harrison, BBC4 editor, said: "Keith Richards is undoubtedly one of the key icons of our age. His film for BBC2 will be a fascinating exploration into the post-war years, how they impacted both his life and others and influenced the 60s and the decades that followed."