Crossfire Hurricane on HBO Nov. 15 documents the rise of The Rolling Stones from â€śthe band everybody hated to the band everybody loves.â€ť
The Rolling Stones were the bad boys of the 1960s British Invasion, the sexually charged, rebellious foil to the clean-cut, â€śI Want to Hold Your Handâ€ť Beatles. The Beatles lasted only 10 years together. The Stones have been at it for 50 years.
The Stonesâ€™ golden anniversary is celebrated with the new documentary Crossfire Hurricane (HBO, Nov. 15 at 9pm ET), which chronicles the bandâ€™s evolution from, as Mick Jagger puts it, â€śthe band everybody hated to the band everybody loves.â€ť The documentary includes interviews with Jagger and bandmates Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood, and former members Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor. Including never-before-seen footage and detailing the bandâ€™s triumphs and tragedies, director Brett Morgen says the film â€śinvites the audience to experience firsthand the Stonesâ€™ nearly mythical journey from outsiders to rock â€™nâ€™ roll royalty.â€ť
â€śA chemical reaction seems to have happened,â€ť Jagger says of the Stonesâ€™ unique stature in music lore. â€śYou canâ€™t really stop The Rolling Stones,â€ť Richards adds. â€śYou know when that sort of avalanche is facing you, you just get out of the way.â€ť
Fifty Licks: A Stones Retrospective
1960: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards form a blues band in London
July 1962: The Rolling Stones play their first gig at Londonâ€™s Marquee Club
June 1963: Their first single, a cover of Chuck Berryâ€™s â€śCome On,â€ť is released in the U.K.
1964: First album, The Rolling Stones (Englandâ€™s Newest Hit Makers), released in U.S. First U.S. tour and Ed Sullivan Show appearance follows.
Summer 1965: â€ś(I Canâ€™t Get No) Satisfactionâ€ť gets U.S. release, spends four weeks at No. 1
Jan. 1967: Jagger sings an edited â€śLetâ€™s Spend the Night Togetherâ€ť on Ed Sullivan
June 1969: Guitarist Brian Jones leaves the band, is found dead less than a month later
Dec. 1969: A fan is stabbed to death during a Stonesâ€™ set at Altamont Free Concert
May 1978: Disco-influenced single â€śMiss Youâ€ť reaches No. 1 in the U.S.
1985: With Jagger pursuing solo projects, a rift forms with Richards
1989-90: Inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Jagger and Richards reconcile. The Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle Tour is a huge success.
Sept. 2002: Greatest hits album Forty Licks released for 40th anniversary
Feb. 2006: Stones play Super Bowl XL halftime show
2005-07: A Bigger Bang Tour grosses then-record $558 million
Photos (from top) Credit: Courtesy of Rolling Stones/HBO; Â© Rolling Stones Archive