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Topic: The Wicked World of Brian Jones - The Movie Return to archive
04-14-03 09:22 AM
CS Film claims Rolling Stone murdered
By ALISON GEORGE in London
14apr03

THE Rolling Stones are fighting to stop a controversial new film about their early days which focuses on the suspected murder of founder member Brian Jones.

They fear the reputations of singer Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards will be trashed – and the blame for Jones' descent from angelic pop icon to dissolute junkie will be laid at their door.

The movie's producer Steve Woolley said the sensational revelations will force the police to reopen their inquiry into guitar hero Jones's mysterious death.

Paul Bettany, working with Nicole Kidman in Dogville, is expected to play the troubled musician.

Woolley produced Scandal, the hit film about the Profumo affair of the 1960s, and Backbeat, the story of the Beatles' time in Hamburg.

He has spent hundreds of thousands of pounds and eight years researching the Stone's life for The Wicked World of Brian Jones .

But it is believed the Stones have instructed former manager Allan Klein, who holds the rights to their pre-1972 hits, not to grant Woolley permission to use their music.

Jones, the son of a middle-class English family, died aged 27, in July, 1969. He was found drowned in the swimming pool at his picturesque Suffolk country cottage.

The verdict was accidental death but dark rumours suggest his head was held underwater by a local builder who had come to do odd jobs but fell out with Jones.

By this time Jones was a heroin and cocaine addict. He was unable to record or write and had been fired by Jagger and Richards.

Friends say his descent from the creative mainspring who forged the band's original rhythm-and-blues style was the result of Mick and Keith dispossessing him first as leader of the group, and then stealing his girlfriend, Anita Pallenberg, whose favours they both enjoyed.

With Jagger, 59, knighted, about to receive his investiture from the Queen and squeaky clean, he won't want to revisit his dark past.

Yesterday Woolley said: "I'm convinced the police will have to reopen the case. Much of [the film] is about the murder of Brian Jones because the real motivation for the murder has never been clearly stated.

"Some of the people I've found the police weren't able to find . . . people who haven't spoken about Brian publicly for 30 years."

All of which is likely to embarrass Jagger and Richards as they get ready for their first concerts in Britain for four years.

The Wicked World of Brian Jones is set to be one of the most compelling British films of the year.
04-14-03 10:09 PM
EthanWickedAsHeSeems This film would be a great way to get new publicity for the 2004 tour of the States. It had better be released here. Also, being fired and having your girlfriend leave you is not "to blame" for becoming a heroin and coke addict. Ive been fired and cheated on, and here I am...alive and well. If this film happens, it must be made clear that Brian's fate is his own fault...Stones founder or not.
04-15-03 05:09 AM
Zack Brian was not addicted to heroin and cocaine. Booze and pills were his thing. I'm all for a Stones movie, but the title is a bit disconcerting. "The Pathetically Tragic World of Brian Jones" would be more appropriate.

I also don't think the police ever reopened a murder investigation after seeing a movie.
04-15-03 07:14 AM
JaggaRichards But Brian sure blew it though.
04-15-03 09:03 AM
dkmonroe I'd go see a movie about the Stones, but this sounds rather crappy. For one thing, the title sounds like an EC Comic book from the 50's. And I think it's just damned irresponsible for the film to present the "Brian was murdered" canard, which is a doubtful legend any way you look at it. I'm sure that they could just tell the story and let the speculation fall where it may, without subscribing to any of the thousand conspiracy theories.
04-15-03 02:43 PM
Miss U. As a fictional movie, they can present their own theory on his death.

Brian had the good sense to stay away from heroin, unlike another Stone, hardly pathetic.
04-15-03 03:07 PM
Maxlugar If water wings where invented pre-1969, we wouldn't be here discussing this.

Sad.

MACKY!!!
04-15-03 04:09 PM
gypsy why you gotta go there, brenda?
04-16-03 05:01 AM
stonedinaustralia anymore word on this??

who's playing who??...if you know what i mean
04-16-03 10:25 AM
dkmonroe
quote:
As a fictional movie, they can present their own theory on his death.


No kidding. I never said that they couldn't do it, my point is that it will seriously undermine MY enjoyment of the movie.


[Edited by dkmonroe]

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