A lecture and discussion about David James’ newest work about the Rolling Stones.
In the 1960s, the Rolling Stones were the most consequential rock ‘n’ roll band in the world, and were sought out by some of the most important of U.S. and European avant-garde and documentary filmmakers. David E. James positions four films about them in the contexts of the classic film musical and previous rock ‘n’ roll films: Charlie Is My Darling (Peter Whitehead, 1966), One Plus One (Jean-Luc Godard, 1968), Invocation of My Demon Brother (Kenneth Anger, 1969), and Gimme Shelter (Albert and David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin, 1969).
David E. James is on the faculty of the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. His books include Allegories of Cinema: American Film in the Sixties (1989), Power Misses: Essays Across (Un)Popular Culture (1996),The Most Typical Avant-Garde: History and Geography of Minor Cinemas in Los Angeles (2005), and Optic Antics: The Cinema of Ken Jacobs (2011)