Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards will revisit his formative years in a BBC documentary and curate a “lost weekend” of programming.
Directed by The Filth and the Fury filmmaker Julien Temple, the 60-minute Keith Richards: The Origin Of The Species will air on BBC2 in July and is the centerpiece of the British pubcaster’s ‘My Generation’ season of programming about the 1960s.
Then, in September, Richards will select documentaries, films and live performances that will air over two nights. Each programming block will begin with an introduction by Richards – shot by Temple – explaining the selections.
In Keith Richards: The Origin Of The Species, the legendary rocker will discuss what it was like growing up in England after the Second World War in the 1940s and 1950s and how rationing, austerity and the beginning of National Health fed into the attitudes, lifestyles and rock music that emerged in the 1960s. The doc ends at the point the Rolling Stones began.
“Listening to the early 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,” Temple said in a statement. “This film sets out to explore how both [Richards] and the ’60s in England came about.”
“There was a feeling late ’50s/early ’60s that there was a change coming,” added Richards. “Harold Macmillan actually said it – the ‘winds of change’ and all that – but he didn’t mean it in quite the same way. I certainly felt that for my generation, what was happening and the feeling in the air was it’s time to push limits. The world is ours now and you can rise or fall on it.”
Jane Rose is exec producing the doc for Nitrate Films and BBC head of music TV commissioning Jan Younghusband is the EP for the Beeb.
The film is Richards’ second major doc project in the past year. Last year, Morgan Neville’s Keith Richards: Under the Influence premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival before becoming available on Netflix.