The 1965 The Rolling Stones documentary Charlie Is My Darling is set to be officially released for the first time.
The 50-minute film was shot by Peter Whitehead in September 1965 when the Stones did a two-date tour of Ireland after “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” hit the charts. Although bootleg copies have been available, the film was never officially released.
However, as part of the band’s 50th anniversary celebrations, a new, restored version of the film will premier at the New York Film Festival on September 29, Billboard reports. It features the earliest known professionally recorded concert footage of the band, including “…Satisfaction”, “Time Is On My Side” and “The Last Time”, as well as documentary footage of the band backstage, writing new tracks and doing impressions of The Beatles and Elvis Presley.
Showing the hysteria surrounding the band’s early years, one track “I’m Alright”, comes to an abrupt end as crowds swarm the stage and the band have to be rushed offstage by police.
“We did some pretty serious science on this,” director Mick Gochanour told Billboard about the restoration process. “It took eight months to synch up the [soundtrack] with the live performances…We realised during the middle that we had six complete performances from the two different cities, recorded on long-obsolete three-track tape.”
He added: “There were three tracks: the audience, Mick, and the band. The audience recording was slightly out-of-synch with the band, and when we aligned them, it gave unbelievable definition to the bass and drums.”
Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland 1965 will be released commercially on November 6. It will follow the release of another Rolling Stones documentary, Crossfire Hurricane, which is directed by Brett Morgen and follows the band from their early road trips and gigs in the 1960s right up to present day.
Earlier this month, The Rolling Stones announced that they will be releasing a new greatest hits compilation, titled GRRR!, in November, which will feature two new tracks.