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New Documentary Examines the Life of Rolling Stones Founder Brian Jones

New Documentary Examines the Life of Rolling Stones Founder Brian Jones

Although Mick Jagger has been considered the longtime frontman of Rolling Stones, a new documentary is examining the life of the legendary band’s late founder, Brian Jones, more than six decades after his death.

While speaking to Yahoo! Entertainment about his documentary, The Stones and Brian Jones, filmmaker Nick Broomfield said he has been a lifelong fan of the Stones and, at the age of 14, he met Jones on a train. He had done tons of research on Jones and even spoke about the musician’s drowning at 27. Despite the theories about Jones being murdered, Broomfield stated there was no foul play.

“I read all the books,” Broomfield explained. “I talked to various people. Bill Wyman was absolutely clear that there was no foul play. Brian was in such a state that you didn’t need to kill him — it was going to happen.”

Broomfield also said that there was so much confusion with the murder conspiracy theory as well. “It was so messy. I wasn’t going to go into it and then waste a lot of time just rejecting it. In making these kinds of films, you have to trust your instincts about people and theories. And this one felt very wooly.”

Mick Jagger Once Said Brian Jones Became ‘Very Jealous’ Over the Attention He Received 

During a 1995 interview with Rolling Stone, Mick Jagger spoke about Brian Jones and how Jones was jealous of him. 

“Brian got very jealous when I got attention,” Jagger claimed. “And then the main jealousy was because Keith [Richards] and I started writing songs, and he wasn’t involved in that.”

Jagger also claimed at the time that Jones had no talent for writing songs. “None. I’ve never known a guy with less talent for songwriting.” 

In the 2022 BBC documentary My Life as a Rolling Stone, Jagger spoke about the tension between him and  Brian Jones as well as one thing that Jones criticized him about. 

“I remember Brian being rather critical of me once because he thought I was too feminine,” Jagger recalled. “I mean, I had my moments of that.” 

Jagger noted that he had a great make-up artist at the time who would dress him up wildly. He would also have to take some layers of clothing off. “And, you know, I loved it. I loved dressing up. Of course, you dress up very effeminately, but you don’t act necessarily feminine.”

Jones founded the Rolling Stones in 1962 and ended up even giving the band its name. However, as time went on, Richards and Jagger took over the band and which direction it was going. 

In June 1969, Rolling Stones ended up dismissing Jones, with Mick Taylor taking over as the guitarist of the group. Less than a month after he departed from the band, Jones died by drowning in the swimming pool of his Cotchford Farm, East Sussex home. 20 years after his death, Jones was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a Rolling Stones member.