Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Keith Richards Under Review|
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Hes the baddest of them all, the man with at least nine lives and the most Rock N Roll performer since the dawn of time and we love him for all of it. This DVD features a 2 hour documentary film which details the life and... more »
Nice introduction to Keith Richards' career
Steven A. Peterson | Hershey, PA (Born in Kewanee, IL) | 10/21/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a nice perspective on Keith Richards' career--from his youth to the latest Stones' tour. For those who wish to learn more about him, this is a fine starting point.
The DVD begins with his early years (including being a neighbor of Mick Jagger), including the development of the Rolling Stones. The DVD emphasizes the importance of both rhythm and blues and early rock and roll (Chuck Berry, for instance) on Richards' art. The DVD faithfully depicts the rise of the Rolling Stones over time, with Mick Jagger and Bryan Jones early on as the key players, with Keith's role increasing over time.
One key point is the unusual combination of lead and rhythm guitar by one person; Richards early on played something that commentators refer to as "lead rhythm" or "rhythm lead" guitar. Once Keith and Mick started writing songs, Jones began to recede as a major force in the Stones and Keith began to become more prominent.
The DVD shows the evolution of Richards' musicianship, from Chuck Berry riffs to "Satisfaction" to "musical director" of the Rolling Stones. He was always open to other musical influences (e.g., country music, Graham Parsons, and the end result--"Let It Bleed"). The DVD notes the decline in musical quality after "Exile on Main Street," with the rift between Keith and Mick, with the mediocre albums of the latter half of the 1970s, and the mid-1980s through the 1990s.
The DVD also emphasizes the resurgence of the Stones as a performing live band in the 1990s and 2000s.
All in all, a nice introduction to the importance and value of Keith Richards in the pantheon of rock and roll performers. Even hard core Stones' fans will find this DVD enjoyable; those who are less familiar with the Stones will develop a deeper understanding of the so-called "greatest rock and roll band in the world"--and Keith's place in this designation.
Not enough flesh on the bone.
T. Hayes | Niigata-ken Japan | 10/09/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"If you're new to the Stones, and under 20, you might find this DVD interesting. For long-term Stones fans there is little that is new here beyond some early video clips of the Stones live. The DVD consists largely of interviews with rock journalists who know Keith, and these interviews hold up well. (Stones fans will be interested to see Tom Keylock interviewed as well.) The DVD also has many clips from Keith interviews (the MTV Kurt Loder interviews, for example), but the image quality is very poor, almost as if the producers of this DVD had lifted the images from Youtube.com. Finally, the instructions on how to play guitar like Keith contain nothing new for anyone who is not an absolute beginner. I'd say buy this DVD if you're 12 or have a 12-year-old who adores Keith. For everyone else, just visit the Stones articles on the Wikipedia site, view the same clips on Youtube.com....oh, and listen to Keith's and the Stones records, instead."
A GREAT find!
Kimbee Jean | Minneapolis, MN | 12/07/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have hundreds of DVDs and books on the Stones, and this is right up there as one of the very best on Keef. Very informative and interesting. The only confusing thing about it is that the jacket says there are interviews with Anita Pallenberg and Pattie Hanson, and there are not. I'm not sure if there were legal issues involved or what, but it would have been interesting to hear their take on the Human Riff. If you're a fan, this one's for you."
It's really 3 & 1/2 stars...!!
A. Genetta | Chester County, PA USA | 12/02/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Well, this is tough because I'm a huge fan (over 35 years now...). The problem folks, is that there just aren't any film biographies or documentaries out about Keith (while there are many on the Stones)- this is about the only one I know of! Anyone attempting such a job would have an enormous task in selecting from years of history, interviews and video clips. So, until someone comes along to do the ultimate bio....this is a start!
Yeah, I agree the quality of many of these clips is not so great. But, the interviews with some of the rock critics (Greenfield, Christgau, DeCurtis and Loder) give worthwhile perspective and depth. And yes, if you've followed Keith's career and read a bio or two, there are very few "new" facts, etc. revealed here.
But the best thing this bio does is convey the uniqueness or "feel" (as Keith would say) of this man's contribution to rock n roll. His "sound" IMO is pretty much the essence of rock and roll guitar. Yes, a sound first begun by Chuck Berry, but taken to a whole different place by ol' Keith. His "lead-rhythm, rhythm-lead" guitar sound is the distinction and this bio does a real good job in describing this. It is the unmistakable sound of the Stones. Lord knows, he's inspired just about everybody who's picked up a guitar (like Chuck inspired him)....he has indeed, as he says, "passed it on." Beautiful!
But my favorite thing in this film is...the chugging killer guitar riff which plays both during the intro and credits. Vintage Keith!
Still awaiting the ultimate Keith bio....!!