The trailer for “The Stone Roses: Made of Stone” has been released.
The film from Shane Meadows documents the return of the Stone Roses. Featuring unseen archive footage, Made of Stone follows the band as they announce their reunion, rehearse for their first tour in more than 15 years and play three sell-out homecoming gigs at Manchester’s Heaton Park.
The Stone Roses: Made of Stone is released in the UK on Wednesday 5 June and preview screenings will be held on 30th May.
Legendary music photographer Kevin Cummins shares anecdotes from his time photographing The Stone Roses at “Sonos presents… The Music, The Myths and The Mayhem.”
Having photographed everyone from The Happy Mondays to David Bowie, Duran Duran and of course, The Stone Roses, Cummins was once described by The Buzzcocks’ Pete Shelley as “sometimes more important than the bands themselves.”
Interviewed by music journalist Lois Wilson (Mojo, Q, Kerrang! and NME), Kevin Cummins talked through the influential late 80s-to-early 90s scene. Starting from his time as a student blagging into gigs with nothing more than an empty camera case all the way to shooting Joy Division in the snow and capturing the iconic Stone Roses ‘splatter shot’ NME cover from 18 November 1989.
“We spent the morning turning the place into a polethene cube so when the band turned up and lay in place, Guitarist John Squire opened a gallon tin of paint and just threw it across them! I kept thinking, “god, this isn’t going to work at all, this is not what I thought it was going to be like! John continued to be build the paint up by throwing it across the band and then tipping it over his head and getting back into the shot so we built it up colour by colour. At the end of the shoot they needed to get showered but I had to break the news to them that there were no showers in the building so they put hand prints all down the stairwell of the building!”
For those who missed the event, here’s the video of Kevin Cummins talking through The Stone Roses iconic ‘splatter shot’.
Live Forever was a documentary film from 2003 that took a look at the Brit Pop phenomenon. Whilst the Roses were never part of the Brit Pop movement, they are regarded as a major influence on the key bands of the movement.
The film examines the impact of The Roses and the following video features their Spike Island gig.
The Seven Ages of Rock was a landmark BBC series charting the emergence and re-emergence of rock music as a global force, told through the musicians who shaped the genre. The 7th film in the series looked at The Stone Roses as the heirs to the indie crown and considered Spike Island a key event in the story of British indie.
On a grassy knoll near the muddy banks of the Mersey, opposite a cement factory, The Stone Roses held a huge outdoor gig. Spike Island was rammed full of 27,000 people excitedly waiting for the big Stone Roses moment. It marked the beginning of the 1990s, a celebration of all things Madchester and the moment where The Stone Roses moved directly into the media spotlight. It was a hugely ambitious gig for an Indie band, perhaps a bit too ambitious technically. On the day there were problems with the sound rig – the sound was literally being ‘blown away’ and the audience were struggling to hear the band properly. It didn’t stop the event becoming legendary.
Here’s a trailer for the Spike Island video, with the full clip available on the BBC archive site.