We are massive Rolling Stones fans. Were we to be ditched on a remote island for the span of several years, we’d bring Let it Bleed and Exile On Main Street. We’ve spent, like many others, the better part of our lives since adolescence taking style cues from Keith Richards and Anita Pallenberg. And so, the news that MoMA will be hosting a Rolling Stones film retrospective is nothing if not welcome news.

For the band’s 50th anniversary, the Museum of Modern Art will play host to the exhibition, running from November 15 through December 2. Have a peek at the lineup below. Our personal recommendations? Gimme Shelter is one of the finest music films of all time, from the unparalleled Maysles brothers. The T.A.M.I. Show is absolutely staggering, but the Stones are one of the weaker points. Keith Richards has claimed that the band’s demands to follow an incendiary James Brown was the biggest mistake of their career. Go see it anyway for all of the amazing performances.

We’ll leave you with the details and this clip from Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll! featuring Mr. Richards attempting to reckon with idol Chuck Berry.


The exhibition opens on November 15 with a rare screening of Robert Frank’s S-8 Stones Footage from Exile on Main Street (1972), and C*cksucker Blues (1972), chronicling The Rolling Stones’ 1972 North American cross-country tour; and closes with screenings on December 1 and 2 of Peter Whitehead’s The Rolling Stones Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland 1965 (1965/2012), making its debut after an absence of more than 45 years and offering never-before-seen footage.

 In addition to such classics as the Maysles and Zwerin’s Gimme Shelter (1970), Donald Cammell and Nicholas Roeg’s Performance (1970), and Taylor Hackford’s Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll (1987), the retrospective also features the band’s landmark concert appearances in Steve Binder’s The T.A.M.I. Show (1964), Leslie Woodhead’s The Stones in the Park (1969), Rollin Blinzer’s Ladies & Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones (1974), Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus (1968/1996), Hal Ashby’s Let’s Spend the Night Together (1983), and Martin Scorsese’s Shine a Light (2008).

Also included are the Tom Stoppard scripted wartime spy thriller Enigma (2001), directed by Michael Apted and produced by Mick Jagger; and music videos directed by David Fincher, Michel Gondry, Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Julien Temple, Peter Whitehead, and others.

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