The Stone Roses: Made Of Stone

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The Stone Roses: Made Of Stone

In his fiction films, ‘This Is England’ and ‘Dead Man’s Shoes’ writer-director Shane Meadows walks a fine line between Ken Loach-style social realism and dark-edged nostalgic fantasy. He’s pulled the same trick with his first doc, which falls between the studied sanctimony of a Martin Scorsese classic rock doc and the fashionable blood-on-the-walls tone of a behind-the-music confessional. It’s a heartfelt, ragged-edged love letter to The Stone Roses, Manchester’s favourite sons, which doesn’t ignore the band’s legendary penchant for self-destruction but also refuses to get bogged down in it.

A lifelong fan, Meadows was invited by singer Ian Brown to document the band’s 2012 reunion tour, and the result feels more like a Shane Meadows film than you’d ever expect. From the exhilarating unbroken opening shot – Brown glad-hands the crowd at Heaton Park while Alfred Hitchcock waxes lyrical on the voiceover about the joys of creative freedom – through a 20-minute sequence of giddy, unguarded fan vox pops to the director’s own goofy, overexcited presence (‘This one’s going straight in the scrapbook,’ he grins on finding a note from drummer Reni), this has all the warmth, wit and honesty of ‘TwentyFourSeven’ or ‘A Room for Romeo Brass’. In many ways, it’s a standard rockumentary, with its live footage, backstage clowning, wistful voiceovers and tons of helicopter shots. But it’s also a hymn to creativity and collaboration, and a thrilling, unabashed celebration of the power of music.

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Rated: 15
Release date: Wednesday June 5 2013
Duration: 97 mins

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Director: Shane Meadows

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What’s not to love: the reunion, the music, the fallouts, the Warrington town hall gig.  Made by a fan for a fan the band come off relatively well, but there’s still some brutally honest moments: the moment it all fell apart in Amsterdam for starters.  If you’re anything like me you'll probably finish watching this, go home and put on The Stone Roses album and kick yourself for not buying tickets to the Heaten Park gig.


Great documentary if you are a Stone Roses fan. I found the Warrington scenes very moving. Nevertheless, John Squire may have been right in 2009....