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Shine A Light on Charlie Watts:"It's All Over, Now"

"Charlie's good tonight, innee."

Those memorable words by Mick Jagger spoken to the audience on the recording of The Rolling Stones sensational live album, Get Yer Ya-Yas Out, celebrates everything there is to know about Charlie Watts, the man who brought the backbeat and the swing to his drumming as a Rolling Stone.

Charlie Watts looked as sharp, suave and debonair in a tailored three-piece suit as he did driving the beat behind his three-piece drum kit.

Charlie Watts © 2010 Press Photo By Poiseon Bild & Text (Poison AG, St. Gallen, Switzerland)


Charlie Watts featured on the cover of the dynamic live recording of The Rolling Stones' Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out, The Rolling Stones in concert

Charlie Watts was a mainstay for The Rolling Stones and provided what the lyrics in Chuck Berry’s song Rock and Roll Music called, “a backbeat you can’t lose it”, for a band called The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World.

Charlie Watts 1941–2021
Charlie Watts 1941–2021

”No Charlie, no Stones” Keith Richards

Charlie Watts and The Rolling Stones will live on in the band’s records and Watts’ recordings in his other musical work in bands such as The Charlie Watts’ Jazz Orchestra.

Thanks, Charlie Watts, for being part of the soundtrack of my life.





Although there are many films and videos of The Rolling Stones performing in concert, three films stand out as authentic evocations of the spirit that defined The Rolling Stones as a band in its time, that influenced them as a band and that, in turn, defined the turmoil, and the social and cultural upheaval of the times in which they lived.


Shine A Light (2008)

Director Martin Scorsese filmed The Rolling Stones over a two-day period at the Beacon Theater in New York for this tour documentary. As well as backstage footage of the band as they prepare to go onstage and archive interviews, the film also includes performances from the band's 2006 concert in New York. Songs featured in the documentary include, Sympathy for the Devil, Start Me Up and Shine a Light. The Rolling Stones made Scorsese's planning difficult when they refused to give Scorsese the band's song set list before filming started. As a result, Scorsese had to plan camera placement, crew and movement

on-the-fly as the concert erupted. Being the master of his film craft, he more than met the challenge.

Official Trailer Shine A Light


Sympathy for the Devil (originally titled 1 + 1 (also One Plus One) by film director Jean-Luc Godard is a 1968 avant-garde film shot mostly in color by director Jean-Luc Godard, his first British made, English language film. It is a composite film, juxtaposing documentary, fictional scenes and dramatised political readings. It is most notable for its scenes documenting the creative evolution of the song "Sympathy for the Devil" as the Rolling Stones developed it during recording sessions at Olympic Studios in London.

Revisiting Godard’s chaotic, controversial “documentary” of the band recording a classic song as a new 50th anniversary restoration hits shelves

By Dan Epstein, Rolling Stone magazine, 2018

"An exhilarating, provocative motion picture. The Rolling Stones rehearse their latest song, "Sympathy For the Devil," in a London studio. Beginning as a ballad, the track gradually acquires a pulsating groove, which gets Jagger into a rousing vocal display of soulful emotion that Godard captures on film." (Synopsis by

Official Trailer Godard/Stones Sympathy for the Devil (One Plus One)

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Gimme Shelter (1970)

Documentary by Albert and David Maysles recalling the events surrounding a free concert by the Rolling Stones at the Altamont Speedway outside San Francisco in 1969. Worried about the security, the Stones asked the Hell's Angels to keep order for them, but the day ended tragically as violence broke out and a fan was killed. It marked an end to the Summer of Love and a time of love, peace and happiness.

Original Trailer Gimme Shelter

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