Whatever happened to The Stone Roses?
Well, let me tell you……
This indie Brit kid who lived and breathed songs such as I Wanna Be Adored, Sally Cinnamon and She Bangs the Drum in the late ’80s and early ’90s is stoked beyond belief that she’s getting some Stone Roses musical genius back in her life.
I loved The Stone Roses when I was 14-18. When I hear their music, I think of carefree times, flares, attitude, and some real learning about life. I think they call that a journey, iconic or similar.
Whatever they call it, The Stone Roses featured in my youthful, halcyon days of growing up. Sometimes I recall it in a smog of smoke, in some dark and dingy nightclub in the UK (yes, I went out far too young and yes, I drank too much too young, but hey ho, that was the way it was, and ultimately it did me no harm!)
Anyhow, the news is good! The news is that this iconic UK band will be reformed and all will be revealed in a new documentary THE STONE ROSES: MADE OF STONE, to be released the wee beginning Nov. 6, 2013. I’m queuing up already!
The Stone Roses really were one of the most influential bands to ever come out of the UK – ask any of my peers. They will have Stone Roses stories – they’ll know where they were when they first heard the whole album.
They were best known for that smash debut album, the eponymous ‘The Stone Roses’, and now the band has taken their 2012 reunion a step further by allowing longtime fan and acclaimed director, Shane Meadows, intimate access into their world. Great choice of director – This is England is one of the best films ever made.
THE STONE ROSES: MADE OF STONE will be a revealing documentary about the life and times of one of the most revered bands in British music history. I hear the band also headlined this year’s Coachella Music & Arts Festival in Indio, California, in front of thousands of adoring fans. Wow, that must have been something else.
The movie features never-before-seen footage, a cameo by a gushing Liam Gallagher (Oasis), as well as rare glimpses into the personal moments between bandmates. According the press release ‘Meadows brings unparalleled access to the record-breaking, sell-out tour and reunion concerts that took place in the spring & summer of 2012. The film culminates in three triumphant homecoming gigs at Manchester’s Heaton Park, in front of 220,000 fans.’ Awesome.
BAFTA award-winning director Meadows, a lifelong fan of the band, said: “I know what it’s like to miss out on a Stone Roses gig and I know that a lot of the North American fans have been waiting to view this film since the summer, so I’m just glad we can finally share the film with them all. Throughout filming, my love for the music has just grown and grown and to be party to watching something grow is a real privilege. What I saw in those first rehearsals blew my mind, and yet when I returned a month later it was even better.”
The impact of the band’s 1989 debut album has increased exponentially over time, inspiring musicians around the world, and creating a music culture that retains its influence across fashion, politics and art to this day. NME named the album the “Best British Album of All-Time.” I agree wholeheartedly.
I want to see this movie – I want to get lost in The Stone Roses again and re-find my hedonistic youth, even if its just for a moment.
Claire Bolden McGill is a British expat who lived in Maryland for three years and moved back to the UK in August 2015. Claire wrote about her life as a British expat on the East Coast and now works in travel and hospitality PR in the UK. She still finds time to blog about her repatriation and the reverse culture shock that ensued – and she still hasn’t finished that novel, but she’s working on it. You can contact Claire via twitter on @clairebmcgill or via her blog From America to England.