Firstly is the home release of Peter Whitehead 's Charlie Is My Darling, the tour of Ireland film from 1965. It has never officially been available since its cinema outings in the 1960s. The film was the first professionally-filmed documentary featuring the band, and is a classic document of those heady days. This year the film has been meticulously restored with bonus never-before-seen footage too. Following a New York première Charlie Is My Darling will be available on DVD/Blu-Ray/super deluxe box set from November 6.
Then comes Crossfire Hurricane. In this new film, directed by Brett Morgen, the band are chronicled during the key period of their career - the 1960s and 1970s. It’s all there, from the Marquee Club to Hyde Park, from Altamont to Exile, from club gigs to stadium extravaganzas. The film combines extensive historical footage, much of it widely unseen, with contemporary commentaries by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood and former Stones Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor. A theatrical release here in the UK will arrive next month. The band will be attending the world premiere of Crossfire Hurricane in Leicester Square, London on October 18 as part of the BFI London Film Festival . It will also be premiered on HBO in the USA, and broadcast on BBC Two later in the year.
In other band news, their latest greatest hits package, entitled GRRR!, is released on November 12. It comes in three formats: 50 Track 3CD album, Super Deluxe Edition Box Set (4CD/80 tracks/7″ Vinyl/book/poster/postcards), and 5x 12” Vinyl Box Set. If you're after new material too you're in luck, as GRRR! features 'Gloom And Doom' and 'One More Shot', two new studio recordings recently completed by the group in Paris, France.