Rolling Stones: Under Review 1967-1969 is a 90-minute documentary film that chronicles the turbulent times in which the Rolling Stones transformed from a good cover band into an international sensation. During the second half of the 1960s, the sound of the Rolling Stones changed dramatically with the rise of the songwriting team of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. It also marked the decline and eventual death of co-founder Brian Jones.
Keith Richards and Mick Jagger first met as classmates in the early 1950s at the Wentworth County Junior School, and later, in 1960 at the Sidcup Art College. Eventually they met up with Brian Jones, who was active in the London R&B scene, and started playing together.
On July 12, 1962, the Rolling Stones, named after the Muddy Waters song "Rollin' Stone," played their first formal gig at the Marquee Club in central London. Over the course of the next three years, the Stones would release three albums in the U.S. that mainly consisted of cover songs that they performed on tour mixed with the occasional Jagger/Richards composition.
In 1965, their fourth album, Out of Our Heads, was a turning point in that their management pushed Jagger and Richards to compose more original songs to go up against the Beatles' Lennon and McCartney; they played the bad boys, to the Beatles' good boy image. This album put the Rolling Stones on the map with the number one international best seller "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," as well as another hit, "The Last Time." This positioned the Rolling Stones to become a worldwide premier act.
Rolling Stones: Under Review 1967-1969 really begins with the events leading up to 1967 and a brief history of the band. Then in 1967, Jagger and Richards began to be hounded by the authorities over illegal drug use. As their trials were to start, Jones was arrested for marijuana possession. Later, Richards would comment along the lines that here, things got serious; it was no longer just fun.