DVD & Blu-ray review: Stone Roses: Made of Stone
Sunday 20 October 2013
"It’s inevitable really,” murmurs a smirking Ian Brown about the chances of his band’s future success. Three weeks later, in 1989, the Stone Roses had changed the pop landscape.
Shane Meadows makes deft use of old footage (the Spike Island gig, the early interviews) in his gushing document of the Manchester band’s startling return last year. Don’t expect a warts-and-all hatchet job here, and drummer Reni’s storm out in Amsterdam isn’t sufficiently documented. It’s a failing from Meadows, but his film aims to eulogise and on that level it succeeds.
The most moving moments come before the free gig they band performed in Warrington, with middle-aged men tearing through the streets for a ticket. Their passion is summed up by one office worker: “There’s a reason I’ve still got my hair like this, there’s a reason I’ve never worn a tie, there’s a reason I listen to that album at least once a week and it still makes me tingle.”
Made of Stone ends rather abruptly, but then so did the Stone Roses.
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Top Gear team of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May officially heading to Amazon Prime for new car show
- 2 Stuart Baggs: Apprentice star 'The Brand' found dead aged 27
- 3 How to cancel Amazon Prime: after Top Gear hiring, how to leave premium service
- 4 Tesco scraps 'unexpected item in the bagging area' as self-checkouts switch to less 'frustrating' audio
- 5 Living in Spain and commuting to London 'cheaper than actually working in London'
Top Gear hires female executive producer Lisa Clark amid reports Jodie Kidd will join Chris Evans fronted show
Frank Ocean, where's that new album at?
Top Gear team of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May officially heading to Amazon Prime for new car show
Jon Snow not dead? Kit Harington spotted in Belfast where Game of Thrones season 6 is filming
Top Gear: Jenson Button reportedly joining Chris Evans as replacement host
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn – or a return to a Labour government
Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn says 'we can learn a great deal from Karl Marx'
I am the Jeremy Corbyn supporter that many will tell you doesn't exist
Public anger after French sunbather beaten up by gang for wearing a bikini in Reims park
Labour leadership: New poll shows party is now even 'less electable' than under Ed Miliband
Calais crisis: For desperate migrants it is 'England or death' as they brave dogs, riot police and speeding trains