Keith Richards’ Netflix documentary, Keith Richards: Under the Influence, is due out on September 18.
The documentary is directed by Oscar winner Morgan Neville, and traces his earliest influences as he sets to release his first album in over 20 years, Crosseyed Heart, coincidentally due out on the same day.
“If there’s a Mount Rushmore of rock ‘n’ roll, Keith’s face is surely on it. He has always represented the soul of rock music — for all of the light and dark shades that implies,” Neville said.
He added: “To my relief, Keith Richards turned out to be a real man — full of humor, knowledge and wisdom. That’s the real Keith we’ve worked to capture in our film and I’m honored to bring it to a global audience via Netflix.”
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Neville’s work on 20 Feet From Stardom, which explored the careers of several backup singers, earned him an Academy Award. One of those singers happened to be Merry Clayton, who famously sang back up for the Rolling Stones, including the signature lines in “Gimme Shelter,” according to the L.A. Times.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Neville said Keith Richards Netflix documentary will include “both new and beloved music, rare archival materials, and hours of intimate and reflective conversations” and will take a look at “key people and places” that served as an inspiration for the Rolling Stone guitarist and Rock and Roll icon.
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Richards, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, previously recounted his life in his 2011 autobiography, Life, in which he explored the sounds and people who influenced his guitar playing and songwriting. He said he was very much inspired by American blues, R&B, soul, and country music.
Keith’s album Crosseyed Heart, which marks his third solo album and collaborations with guitarist Waddy Wachtel and drummer/co-producer Steve Jordan, will feature 15 songs that will include reggae, rock, country, and blues influences. Norah Jones, Spooner Oldham, Aaron Neville, and Larry Campbell will also be featured on the album, along with Stones saxophonist Bobby Keys. Earlier this month, Keith debuted one of those songs, titled “Trouble,” which is now available on iTunes.
“I had a ball making this new record and working with Steve Jordan and Waddy Wachtel again,” Richards said in a statement at the time he released the “Trouble” video, according to Rolling Stone. “There’s nothing like walking into a studio and having absolutely no idea what you’re going to come out with on the other end. If you’re looking for ‘Trouble,’ you’ve come to the right place.”
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