It was fifty years ago this month -- on June 7, 1963, to be precise -- that the Rolling Stones released their first record. The band is
still, um, wheezing along, in the midst of a 50th anniversary tour.
To commemorate this half-century mark, rock historian Richie Unterberger will present
two hours of rare clips of the Rolling Stones on Saturday, June 29 from
2pm-4pm in Koret Auditorium at the Main branch of the San Francisco
Spanning the first decade of their
recording career (through 1972), most of the material is unavailable on
commercial video. While some clips show up on official releases, these
were often shown in only short excerpts in that format. This
presentation features the most complete filmed versions
of those songs and performances available.
While the Rolling Stones are still active forty years after the final
clip in the program, virtually everyone would agree that the lion's
share of their greatest music was made in the 1960s and early 1970s. The program emphasizes clips of the group performing live, which is the
best way to appreciate their charisma, and affords us a chance to hear
them doing material in somewhat different form than we hear on the
Some notable songs are only
represented by mimed performances or promotional films (i.e. music
videos, though they didn't call them that then) when the clips are
enjoyable or the songs are not available in other formats. These are
still interesting to see as they do illustrate the evolution
of their music and image.
The program also features more clips from the Stones' earliest mid-'60s
years than any other phase of this period. Although some famous hits are
missing from the presentation, this does allow the inclusion of quite a
few songs that are not so famous, especially
from their earliest years.
From early blues covers like "I Just Want to
Make Love to You" through breakthrough mid-'60s smashes like
"Satisfaction" and later classics such as "Ruby Tuesday," "Honky Tonk
Women," and "Brown Sugar," many highlights of their repertoire
will dot this survey of their peak years as musicians, songwriters, and
All programs at the Library are free. This program is supported by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.