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On April 4, 2008, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese and the world's greatest rock n' roll band, the Rolling Stones, will unite to bring audiences the year's most extraordinary musical film event, Shine a Light, to theaters everywhere.
The soundtrack, featuring the vocal talents of Christina Aguilera, Buddy Guy, and Jack White, captures the energy and spirit of the 2006 performance at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. Not to be outdone by their modern rock contemporaries, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, and Ronnie Wood electrify the crowd with such hits as Jumpin' Jack Flash, Sympathy for the Devil, and Brown Sugar!
Rolling StonesIt's hard to overestimate the importance of the Rolling Stones in rock & roll history. The group, which formed in London in 1962, distilled so much of the music that had come before it and has exerted a decisive influence on so much that has come after. Only a handful of musicians in any genre achieve that stature, and the Stones stand proudly among them.Every album the group released through the early Seventies -- from The Rolling Stones in 1964 to Exile on Main Street in 1972 -- is essential not simply to an understanding of the music of that era, but to an understanding of the era itself. In their intense interest in blues and R&B, the Stones connected a young American audience to music that was unknown to the vast majority of white Americans. Though the Stones were not overtly political in their early years, their obsession with African American music -- from Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, and Howlin' Wolf to Chuck Berry, Marvin Gaye, and Don Covay -- struck a chord that resonated with the goals of the civil rights movement. If the Stones had never made an album after 1965 they would still be legendary.