For Rolling Stones fans, the rarely seen concert film Charlie is My Darling
has been a great lost treasure. Recorded by future Stones (and Beatles) engineer Glyn Johns and directed by Peter Whithead, Charlie Is My Darling
was chronicled the Rolling Stones 1965 tour of Ireland which took place right after "Satisfaction" (which Keith is pretty sure he wrote in his sleep) was released and climbing the charts.
Much of the original developed footage has been unseen--and even more of it undeveloped--for over 40 years. Since the late '60s, the film cans have been in the New York City vaults of ABKCO, the company owned by former Stones (and Beatles) manager Allen Klein, who also owns the master tapes of Sam Cooke and the Animals.
ABKCO has carefully remastered the pre-1969 Stones albums and singles from its catalog and now their restoration team has turned their attention to Charlie Is My Darling
. By all accounts of people who have seen the finished new film, including Billboard
, the footage is "primal" and the "most exciting document of the Stones' early years." And to put the icing on the cake, the sound was recorded by Glyn Johns whose credits include Who's Next,
the original mix of Let It Be,
The Clash's Combat Rock
, and debut albums by Traffic and Led Zeppelin among many others.
The world premier of The Rolling Stones Charlie Is My Darling
will be held at the New York Film Festival on September 29 with former Rolling Stones manager (and Sirius radio host) Andrew Loog Oldham hosting a Q&A. It will go out to theaters November 6 to be followed by a DVD release. We can't wait.