Keith Richards

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This is an extraordinary two-hour plus documentary on Keith Richards from Sexy Intellectual/Chrome Dreams which works much more effectively than the Under Review: 1962 -- 1966 from the same company, probably because Keith is such an enigma as well as being the most fun personality/antagonist of the group. A stellar cast of rock critics and insiders help tell the story of the "pirate" guitarist along with music instructor/author Wolf Marshall, who plays many famous Rolling Stones riffs throughout this production. Some of the same faces from the aforementioned Under Review: 1962 -- 1966 return here -- "original" Stones guitarist Dick Taylor, as he is called, former bodyguard Tom Keylock, about 14 in all with an alphabetical by first initial group of biographies of the guests embedded as a bonus track. Divided into 16 titled chapters, narrator Thomas Arnold pulls the story together with his vocal authority, though the project tends to focus on the Stones more than the lead guitarist. Author Robert Greenfield has much to offer, his book Exile on Main Street: A Season in Hell with the Rolling Stones chock-full of tales of Richards and company, biographer John Perry picking up the same theme while the discussion turns to Exile on Main St.. The director does a fine job of slipping pertinent clips of "Tumblin' Dice" and "Happy" into the mix as well as a very nice blend of Keith performing a solo rendition of "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" which drifts into Wolf Marshall playing the riff and a key moment of Mick Jagger and the band performing part of a live version of the tune. Bernie Worrell and Kris Needs discuss Talk Is Cheap, the 1988 solo disc, and perhaps this DVD should have focused purely on the Keith Richards side of things -- bringing in Mick Taylor and uncredited Talk Is Cheap co-producer Rob Fraboni to go through the psychology of Keith, only adds more non-Stones to this saga. The last half-hour does focus on the guitarist more than his famous rock & roll band, but what this actually turns out to be is a dynamite look at the Rolling Stones with a bit of the focus on Keith Richards. There's a five-minute bonus track with Zig Zag editor Kris Needs and some of his interview audio with the star. There's also the obligatory "interactive quiz" which will insult you -- even if you get more than 50-percent of the questions right! A solid project throughout and worthy of repeated viewings.