This year marks the thirtieth anniversary for iconic Manchester group, the Stone Roses. With their breakthrough 1989 debut, the Roses set the tone for British music from the 1990s onward. Though they disbanded shortly after their second album, the impact the band’s scant releases have had on musicians around the world has only increased over time. Twenty long years of yearning and speculation ensued, until, in 2012, the unthinkable happened: the Stone Roses literally were the resurrection. The band embarked on a UK reunion tour, and persistent rumor says that they are working on new material right now to be released in 2015.
Shane Meadows’ documentary, The Stone Roses: Made Of Stone, chronicles the Roses’ triumphant resurrection and delves into their rich history. The film has gotten rave reviews and has been touted as a revealing record of the life of one of the most admired and influential bands in British music history. Made Of Stone gives fans exclusive access to the reformed Stone Roses. We follow the band every step of the way as they announce their reunion, rehearse for their first tour in sixteen years, and play a UK tour, including three sold-out homecoming gigs at Manchester’s Heaton Park. The documentary is packed with ‘unprecedented access to previously unseen archive footage’ spanning the band’s history, including a revealing clip of frontman Ian Brown offering the luckless declaration that the Stone Roses could be ‘the biggest band ever.’ BAFTA-award winning director Shane Meadows (This Is England series) provides fans with intimate access to the record-breaking, sell-out reunion tour of 2012. It is Meadows’ enthusiasm for the band that imbues the film with an emotional depth that makes it so much more than an ordinary music documentary.
The film opened over the summer throughout the UK and Ireland to much acclaim, and now it is North America’s turn to catch the fever. Head to the film’s website to see a list of participating theaters and for ticket information.The documentary will screen in select American and Canadian theaters starting on November 6th (check the website for exact dates). Many locations are offering two showings of the documentary. Made Of Stone will be available on DVD and Blu-ray just in time for the holidays on December 3, 2013. Check out the Stone Roses’ official site for additional UK package options.
Don’t miss seeing this on a big screen. This is the definitive record of the definitive band of the past twenty-five years. Watch the North American trailer below.