In its world-premiere week, 92Y takes great pride in presenting a screening of the long-rumored but never released film of the Rolling Stones’ 1965 tour of Ireland, with rare and intimate footage documenting their transition from a blues and R&B cover band to the spark about to combust into the Greatest Rock & Roll Band in the World.
A discussion follows: Andrew Loog Oldham, the Stones’ first manager and producer of The Rolling Stones Charlie is my Darling – Ireland 1965 speaking with celebrated rock guitarist and raconteur Steven Van Zandt.
Starring the original lineup of the band – Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts – The Rolling Stones Charlie is my Darling - Ireland 1965 is an intimate, behind-the-scenes diary of life on the road with the young Stones that has long been a holy grail of rock fans, surfacing in bits and pieces and tantalizing but frustratingly un-synched fragments. Now in its fully produced and technically updated form, the film boasts both meticulously restored and never before seen footage that features the first professionally filmed concert performances of the band, and captures the early frenzy of their fans and the riots their concerts stirred. The Rolling Stones Charlie is my Darling - Ireland 1965 is the invaluable, unseen story of the band becoming the legend, originally directed by pioneering filmmaker Peter Whitehead and produced by Andrew Loog Oldham. The new 2012 version of the film was directed and restored by director Mick Gochanour and producer Robin Klein, the GRAMMY® Award winning team that brought the classic The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus to the screen.
Andrew Loog Oldham is best known for managing the Rolling Stones from 1963-1967, encouraging Mick Jagger and Keith Richards to write their own material, and producing such global hits for the Stones as (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, The Last Time, Paint It Black and Let's Spend the Night Together. He introduced Marianne Faithfull to the world and co-wrote her first hit, As Tears Go By, and established England's first independent label, Immediate Records, releasing hit recordings by such influential artists as the Small Faces, Rod Stewart, Chris Farlowe and the Nice. Relocating to Colombia in the 1980s, Oldham produced best-sellers for Los Ratones Paranoicos and Charly Garcia while establishing himself as a critically acclaimed author of two autobiographies: Stoned and 2Stoned. Oldham has won a devoted following by way of his program on SiriusXM satellite radio, deejaying the best of classic and contemporary rock 'n' roll for Little Steven's Underground Garage on SiriusXM. He recently completed his third book, Stone Free, to be published by Escargot Books, and a new album by the Andrew Loog Oldham Orchestra, The Rolling Stones Songbook Volume 2.
Steven Van Zandt, who recently interviewed the great Dion DeMucci as part of 92Y’s Music Icon series, may be the planet’s most charismatic, dedicated and visible crusader scrapping to preserve the dirty purity of rock ‘n roll. Born in Massachusetts, Van Zandt has earned international praise and recognition for a variety of roles: first, as Bruce Springsteen’s long-standing guitarist since the early 1970s, a four-decade run that found his talents shaping such classic albums as Born to Run, The River and Born in the U.S.A. In the 2000s, Van Zandt was cast as consigliere Silvio Dante in the widely popular TV hit The Sopranos, and he launched Little Steven’s Underground Garage, a nationally broadcast rock radio show that recently celebrated its 500th broadcast, on which he spins cuts by the likes of the Ramones, Carl Perkins and the Amboy Dukes next to the Black Keys and White Stripes.