Made by a fan for fans, this documentary explores the iconic English rock band through raw adoration rather than a detailed narrative. But Shane Meadows (This Is England) is a seriously gifted filmmaker, and his approach wins us over by focussing on the bandmates' personalities, their passion for the music and their fans' devotion to them.
Childhood friends Ian Brown and John Squire formed the Stone Roses in Manchester in 1984, then set about to show the world that they were the greatest rock band ever. It took five years and a number of rotating bandmates until the lineup settled down with Ian, John, Reni (Alan Wren) and Mani (Gary Mounfield), and their first album in 1989 was a landmark hit. It took them five more years to release their second album, and that period was marked with terrible battles both within the band and with their record label and management. The band dissolved shortly after Second Coming was released in 1994. Cut to 2011, when these four men reunited to announce their comeback, starting with a major concert in Manchester in June 2012.
Meadows has access to an astonishing array of archival material, including home movies and private photos, vintage TV interviews and performance footage. He pieces this together without narration, letting the bandmates recount their own story, so naturally they skip over the more uncomfortable elements, such as the seven other musicians who came and went over the years. And there are no details about the various fallings out between them. Instead, this collage astutely captures their lively personalities, the way they work and how they come together to play their most memorable songs.
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Ian Brown, John Squire, Gary "Mani" Mounfield, Alan "Reni" Wren and Shane Meadows - Incorporating never-seen-before material spanning the band's musical history, the personal experiences of many of those touched by the band and their music, and unparalleled access to the record-breaking sell-out concerts which took place in Summer 2012, this is the definitive record of the definitive band of the past 25 years. - United Kingdom - Wednesday 18th April 2012
Shane Meadows and John Squire - Incorporating never-seen-before material spanning the band's musical history, the personal experiences of many of those touched by the band and their music, and unparalleled access to the record-breaking sell-out concerts which took place in Summer 2012, this is the definitive record of the definitive band of the past 25 years. - United Kingdom - Thursday 17th May 2012
John Squire - Incorporating never-seen-before material spanning the band's musical history, the personal experiences of many of those touched by the band and their music, and unparalleled access to the record-breaking sell-out concerts which took place in Summer 2012, this is the definitive record of the definitive band of the past 25 years. - United Kingdom - Sunday 1st July 2012
Liam Gallagher has reportedly upset the Stone Roses with his attention-grabbing antics at their shows.
The Beady Eye frontman is a huge fan of the reformed rockers and been present at almost all of their shows over the last year, but reportedly sparked an ''ugly incident'' in Dubai in February by making inappropriate remarks.
A source said: ''It's all gone a bit sour recently with Liam and The Roses. There was an ugly incident in Dubai where Liam said a few things that were totally out of order. It didn't go down well at all.
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The Stone Roses were a relatively short-lived indie phenomenon that inspired the lives of so many in the 1990s following the release of the influential self-titled debut album; an album described by many as the greatest album of all time. They disbanded, much too soon, in 1996 after they struggled to cope with the departure of guitarist John Squires and drummer Alan 'Reni' Wren. A reunion seemed the most unlikeliest of things for this band but, after 16 years, 2012 Ian Brown, John Squire, Alan Wren and Gary Mounfield together on stage once more in one of the most highly anticipated reunions in music history. This documentary follows their day to day lives, catching up on last decade and a half and rehearsing for their record-breaking comeback gigs that brought tears to the eyes of indie fans nationwide.
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The Stones Roses are the first act announced to headline the Isle of Wight Festival next year, in what will be the group's only UK festival appearance of 2013.
The Stones Roses will headline the Isle of Wight Festival next year.
The 'I Wanna Be Adored' rockers - made up of Ian Brown, John Squire, Mani and Reni - will take to the Main Stage at the spectacle at Seaclose Park on Friday June 14 for their only UK festival appearance of 2013 after returning to action last year following their split in 1996.
John Giddings, the Festival's promoter, said: ''When you talk about the soundtrack of our lives, The Stone Roses are embedded in it. I am so proud to get them to our island - they will kick the weekend off with a bang.''
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John Squire’s art studio at his home near Macclesfield has been destroyed by fire, The Mirror reports today (November 23, 2012). The fire, which occurred on Wednesday night (November 21), “severely damaged” the purpose-built barn, which the former Stone Roses guitarist uses to create his abstract artwork. He lost two pieces of work in the fire; they were a part of his Celebrity series and were entitled Aileen Wournos and Harry Houdini. It is believed that the fire was started accidentally.
John Squire’s agent, Vivienne Gaskin, told The Mirror that he was “extremely sad” about losing the two pieces of work and his studio as well. She did state, however, that the damage caused could have ben much worse. “He has got about four of the paintings from the collection in his home and the others have been sold. The studio was built near his home so his family were his main priority but they are all fine." She then added “Knowing that they are safe, he is obviously extremely sad that these paintings have gone and he will now have to completely re-build the studio.”
Other famous folk included in Squire’s Celebrity series include Woody Allen, David Beckham and Lindsay Lohan, as well as more controversial figures such as Josef Fritzl (who held his daughter captive for 24 years) and the serial killer Harold Shipman.
More than 20 firefighters were called to tackle the blaze, which is believed to have started accidentally, at a converted barn next to the rocker's house in MACclesfield.
Nobody was injured in the fire, but much of Squire's art equipment was destroyed.
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Stone Roses bassist Mani is to become a father to twins, it has been revealed.
Mani is going to be a father to twins.
The Stone Roses bassist - whose real name is Gary Mountfield - and wife Imelda are thrilled by the news, which they kept secret until she had passed her first trimester.
A source close to the couple - who have been married for 12 years - said: ''They are absolutely overjoyed.''
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Olympics cycling gold medallist Bradley Wiggins met his hero Paul Weller at a secret Stone Roses concert in east London last night (06.08.12).
Olympic hero Bradley Wiggins met Paul Weller at a Stone Roses concert on Monday night (06.08.12).
The cyclist - who scooped a gold medal in the time trial at the London 2012 games last week - was among a host of Team GB athletes at the adidas Underground gig and he was thrilled to meet one of his musical heroes.
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The Stone Roses played an intimate concert in London last night (06.08.12) watched by Team GB Olympic gold medallists Bradley Wiggins and Jessica Ennis.
The reformed Manchester band performed an exclusive show hosted by adidas Underground to celebrate the Olympics in a front of star-studded audience which included the heroic duo, other athletes and numerous stars.
Before the band played 'Something's Burning', Ian said: ''We've got the queen of England Jessica Ennis and the king of England Bradley Wiggins here. And our musical heroes, you don't know who that is right?''
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The Stone Roses are set to return to the studio for the first time in 16 years as they will begin recording new material for an album due for a 2013 release, The Sun reports.
Following the band's hugely successful homecoming gigs at Manchester's Heaton Park, followed by an on going summer that includes a number of festival stop offs, they now look to replicate their winning ways and record their third studio album.
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