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Keith Richards to recall his early years in BBC documentary

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Story by Jack Foley

LEGENDARY Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards is to tell the story of his early years in a new BBC documentary.

Keith Richards – The Origin of the Species will be directed by Julien Temple as part of the BBC’s My Generation season about the history of pop music.

The BBC2 documentary will see the rock veteran talk about his formative years growing up in post-war Britain. While the guitar man himself will also curate a ‘lost weekend’ of films and live performances for BBC4.

“There was a feeling late ’50s/early ’60s that there was a change coming,” Richards says in the film, which will air on the BBC next month (August 2016). “Harold Macmillan actually said it – ‘The winds of change’ and all that – but he didn’t mean it in quite the same way.

“I certainly felt that my generation and what was happening and the feeling in the air – was it’s time to push limits. The world is ours now and you can rise or fall on it.”

Commenting on the documentary, Cassian Harrison, BBC4 editor, said: “Keith Richards is undoubtedly one of the key icons of our age. His film for BBC2 will be a fascinating exploration into the post-war years, how they impacted both his life and others and influenced the 60s and the decades that followed.

“And his curated weekend of programmes for BBC4 will be a thrilling musical journey for viewers – giving an extraordinary and unique insight into Keith’s passions and inspirations.”

Jan Younghusband, head of music TV commissioning, added: “Keith Richards is an outstanding talent and an inspiration to us all. We are thrilled to be able to bring his unique and entertaining insights to our audience, in this special collaboration with Julien Temple. I know it will be a totally original experience.”

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