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Friday, 28 September 2012

Busy busy bees!!!

Things have gotten so crazy so fast!

Susan and Sean are in New York for the film festival and the office has been exploding with phone calls ever since they left! We are so proud to be a part of the new Rolling Stones-Charlie is My Darling film! The trailer looks fantastic and we're not ashamed to say that we may have watched several billion times : P

It blows the mind how young they all look! Though I suppose fifty years ago we all looked pretty different : P

Keep an eye on the papers for some more news on the Irish Photo Archive. We sacrificed one of our interns to the RTE News Gods this morning and her poor little nervous face is going to be on the six o'clock news tonight! Hurrah work experience!!

This is what we've gotten so far!

Roll 'em out!


Rolling Stones Charlie is My Darling Press Release!!

Our very first, very exciting press release!!

Historic Irish Photographs To Feature in New Rolling Stones DVD Release.
Fourteen never before seen photographs of The Rolling Stones, which were shot in Dublin in 1965, are to feature prominently in a new DVD and Blu-Ray, which is being released on November 2.

The Rolling Stones Charlie is My Darling – Ireland 1965 film has its world premiere in New York on Saturday, September 29, and will then receive an international release. (see details below)

Picture Caption
The Rolling Stones Charlie is my Darling – Ireland 1965 
The team at Lensmen Photographic agency celebrate  the launch of "Charlie is my Darling", the new Rolling Stones film in which photographs from the Irish Photo Archive feature prominently on the film poster, DVD cover and in the accompanying limited edition hardback book.. L-R: Susan Kennedy (Managing Director) and Nicole Nelson,

The DVD of the film will be released on November 2 and the film box set and 42-page Collector’s Edition hardcover book includes 14 never before seen images that have been painstakingly restored by the Irish Photo Archive. The original images were shot by Lensmen Photographic Agency, which was established in 1952 and is still a prominent Dublin-based photography company.

The images were taken on September 3 1965, when the movie was shot on a quick weekend tour of Ireland just weeks after “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” hit No. 1 on the charts and became the international anthem for an entire generation. The images feature the band at Dublin Airport, performing at the Adelphi, backstage and at Connolly Station. The Rolling Stones photographs will be on public display in the mezzanine area of Terminal 1 at Dublin Airport from November.

The Stones photos, were recently discovered when the Irish Photo Archive was being catalogued. The archive is a treasure trove of more than two million photos, including many other celebrity photos that have never been published.
The Rolling Stones images are online at Please credit published any of our images and link to our web site, Many thanks.

ABKCO Films is proud to join in the celebration of the Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary by announcing exclusive details of the release of the legendary, but never before officially released film, The Rolling Stones Charlie is my Darling – Ireland 1965.  The film marked the cinematic debut of the band, and will be released in Super Deluxe Box Set, Blu-ray and DVD configurations on November 2nd (5th in UK & 6th in North America).
The Rolling Stones Charlie is my Darling – Ireland 1965 was shot on a quick weekend tour of Ireland just weeks after “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” hit # 1 on the charts and became the international anthem for an entire generation.  Charlie is my Darling is an intimate, behind-the-scenes diary of life on the road with the young Rolling Stones featuring the first professionally filmed concert performances of the band’s long and storied touring career, documenting the early frenzy of their fans and the riots their live performances incited.
Charlie is my Darling showcases dramatic concert footage – including electrifying performances of “The Last Time,” “Time Is On My Side” and the first ever concert performance of the Stones counterculture classic, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”  Candid, off-the-cuff interviews are juxtaposed with revealing, comical scenes of the band goofing around with each other. It’s also an insider’s glimpse into the band’s developing musical style by blending blues, R&B and rock-n-roll riffs, and the film captures the spark about to combust into The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World.
The 1965 version of Charlie is my Darling was produced by Stones’ manager/producer Andrew Loog Oldham who enlisted director Peter Whitehead to travel with the group and film them as “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” rocketed the band to the pinnacle of the U.S. and U.K. charts.  Whitehead, who would later capture “swinging London” in Tonite Let’s All Make Love in London, crafted a 35-minute version of the film (director’s cut) that would surface, from time to time over the years, usually seen with grainy visuals and out of phase music.  Later, Oldham put together a 50-minute producer’s cut that was first seen in the 1980s. As noted, both the director’s and producer’s cut are part of the DVD, Blu-ray and Super Deluxe Charlie is my Darling release.
The GRAMMY® winning team of producer Robin Klein and director Mick Gochanaur developed the new 65 minute version after researching and locating additional film footage shot by Whitehead and uncovering a source of first generation audio recordings of the band’s concert performances.  Painstaking work was done on restoring the footage to come up with the new film that offers a coherent narrative and gives the viewer unprecedented access to the Rolling Stones’ original line-up – Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman –on stage live and captured, literally, in trains, planes and automobiles as well as backstage and in smoky hotel rooms where they candidly discuss their future. Never-before-seen footage of the band’s early songwriting process is also included as motel rooms host impromptu songwriting sessions and familiar classics are heard in their infancy as riff and lyric are united. 
The Rolling Stones Charlie is my Darling – Ireland 1965 Super Deluxe Box Set  includes both DVD and Blu-ray discs that incorporate the new 2012 version of the film as well as the director’s cut and producer’s cut, plus significant unseen additional performance and other footage shot in Dublin and Belfast in September of 1965, bonus content, two audio CDs, one of which is the film’s soundtrack album and the other a compilation of 13 live recordings the band made over the course of their 1965 UK tour.  A 10” vinyl record of the live material is also part of the package, as well as a replica poster heralding the September 4, 1965 date they played in Belfast.  The Super Deluxe box is housed in an ingeniously designed luxurious “soft touch” package, each featuring one of over 200 Limited Edition numbered and enlarged cells randomly inserted from the film. There is also a stunning 42 page Collector’s Edition hardcover book that includes 14 never before seen, and painstakingly restored exclusive photographs, including the key art, of the band from the Irish Photo Archive/Lensmen Photo Archive as well as color photos taken by Marc Sharatt, the Stones’ tour photographer. Reprints of vintage newspaper and magazine articles from the UK and Irish press that offer accounts of the dates and attendant mayhem are included as are essays from American rock journalist and Rolling Stone Magazine staffer David Fricke and GRAMMY® and Academy Award® winning Irish singer/songwriter/actor Glen Hansard.  A featured recollection from Reverend Donor Macneice, who was recently located living in Thailand and whose attendance at the ’65 Belfast show nearly cost him his job after he was spotted on the local news is also part of the package.
Both individual Blu-ray and DVD editions of the package mirror the discs featured in the Super Deluxe Box comprising the 2012 version, the director’s cut and the producer’s cut. Simultaneously, there will also be a digital-only release of the 2012 edition of The Rolling Stones Charlie is my Darling – Ireland 1965.
The world premiere of The Rolling Stones Charlie is my Darling – Ireland 1965 will take place this Friday, September 29 at the 50th New York Film Festival with Andrew Loog Oldham in attendance.  An encore screening is set for Wednesday, October 3.  Additionally, Oldham and Steven Van Zandt will also host a screening and Q&A at New York’s 92 Street Y on Friday, October 5.
November 2012 broadcast premieres are being scheduled for the US, UK & Ireland, as well as worldwide theatrical screenings.
Rolling Stones - Charlie is my Darling – Ireland 1965
Original Soundtrack – track listing
1) Play With Fire - The Aranbee Pop Symphony Orchestra
2) Heart Of Stone - The Rolling Stones
3) Who Do You Like In The Group? - Peter Whitehead and Fans
4) The Last Time (Live) - The Rolling Stones
5) Time Is On My Side (Live) - The Rolling Stones
6) I´m Alright (Live) - The Rolling Stones
7) The Next House We´ll Turn The Screaming Down - Andrew Loog Oldham and Priest
8) Theme For A Rolling Stone - The Andrew Oldham Orchestra
9) Nice Tea - The Rolling Stones and Andrew Loog Oldham
10) Maybe It´s Because I´m A Londoner - ALO Productions
11) Play With Fire - The Rolling Stones
12) Tell Me - Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Andrew Oldham
13) Heart Of Stone - The Andrew Oldham Orchestra
14) Are You Going To The Show Tonight? - Peter Whitehead and Fans
15) Everybody Needs Somebody To Love (Live) - The Rolling Stones
16) Pain In My Heart (Live) - The Rolling Stones
17) Blue Turns To Grey - The Andrew Oldham Orchestra
18) Subconsciously Supernatural - Mick Jagger and Andrew Oldham
19) (I Can´t Get No) Satisfaction - The Andrew Oldham Orchestra
20) The Moon In June - Mick Jagger
21) (I Can´t Get No) Satisfaction (Live) - The Rolling Stones
22) Going Home - The Rolling Stones
Live In England 1965 – Track Listing/CD
1) Show Intro
2) Everybody Needs Somebody To Love
3) Pain In My Heart
4) Down The Road Apiece
5) Time Is On My Side
6) I'm Alright
7) Off The Hook
8) Charlie's Intro to Little Red Rooster
9) Little Red Rooster
10) Route 66
11) I'm Moving On
12) The Last Time
13) Everybody Needs Somebody To Love (Finale)
Live In England 1965 – Track Listing/10” Vinyl
Side 1
1) We Want The Stones
2) Everybody Needs Somebody To Love
3) Pain In My Heart
4) Down The Road Apiece
5) Time Is On My Side
6) I'm Alright
7) Off The Hook
Side 2
8) Charlie's Intro to Little Red Rooster
9) Little Red Rooster
10) Route 66
11) I'm Moving On
12) The Last Time
13) Everybody Needs Somebody To Love (Finale)
ABOUT ABKCO - Founded over 50 years ago by Allen Klein, ABKCO Music & Records is one of the world’s leading independent entertainment companies.  It is home to iconic catalog assets that include compositions and recordings by Sam Cooke, The Rolling Stones, Bobby Womack, The Animals, Herman’s Hermits, Marianne Faithfull, The Kinks as well as the Cameo Parkway masters by such artists as Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell, Clint Eastwood, The Orlons, The Dovells, ? & The Mysterians, The Tymes and Dee Dee Sharp. Soundtrack releases include the international blockbuster Fast Five, Our Idiot Brother, Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, The Darjeeling Limited and the 2010 Academy Award® nominated Fantastic Mr. Fox, the director’s first animated feature based on Roald Dahl’s book, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, The Men Who Stare At Goats and the soundtrack to the first season of the hit Showtime® series, Californication.  ABKCO is active on many fronts including the release of critically lauded compilations and reissues from its catalog, film and commercial placement of its master recordings and music publishing properties in all media.  ABKCO is at the forefront of new technologies in the entertainment field and is in active development of several multi-platform projects, theatrical productions and innovative educational tools to ensure its catalog is enjoyed by generations of fans for years to come.  ABKCO Films has been involved with many successful movies including The Greek Tycoon starring Anthony Quinn and Jacqueline Bisset, La Grande Bouffe  winner of the International Critics prize at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival and The Concert for Bangladesh featuring Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Ringo Starr.  Renowned cult director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s classics El Topo and The Holy Mountain, fully restored and remastered to HD, were shown at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival (Classics section) and at the prestigious 44th New York Film Festival. In 2003 ABKCO won a Grammy for the DVD release of Sam Cooke – Legend and the following year released the DVD of The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus to universal acclaim. They are currently in development of a biopic on Sam Cooke’s life. 
Official Trailer:
Super Deluxe Box Set Animation:

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

The Nifty Fifties in New York

Fifty years can seem like a long time depending on who you are and how close you are to reaching it. For younger generations fifty can seem like an impossible amount of time while the older generations sometimes feel it arrived in no time at all. For my mother, her fiftieth year lasted two years because she forgot how old she was and thus celebrated her fiftieth birthday for the first time when she turned forty-nine. If I'm not mistaken she's been fifty-one for several years now too, bless her. 

Regardless, fifty is a number to celebrate. It's a lovely even number perfectly perched between being a century and being non-existant and it is receiving a bit of attention this week as two exciting things are reaching their 50th birthdays: The New York Film Festival and, I'm sure you'll be shocked to see me mention, The Rolling Stones. 

This is not to say that those two are the only important 50th anniversaries this year. The Beach Boys are having a 50th anniversary tour, James Bond has reached the Golden Age (not a particular one-the character himself), Samoa gained independence 50 years ago, etc. However, The New York Film Festival is this week and we already raved about the Stones so it seems only appropriate to continue the theme. 

A NYFF interview with the director and the producer of Charlie is My Darling hit the internet yesterday and we're freaking out! 

The interview reveals that there is some entirely new and never before seen content in the film! Imagine the Rolling Stones fifty years ago! Or if you've not much of an imagination you can just check Rolling Stone Magazine. Even better idea-go celebrate the New York Film Festival and the Rolling Stone's 50th Anniversaries! 

As if Charlie is My Darling premiering at the festival wasn't enough, we just found out that the entire cast of Princess Bride will be there. NYFF is going to have a great fiftieth! Let's hope for all our sakes they forget and celebrate it again next year! 


Monday, 24 September 2012

Rolling with the Stones

We've been busy here at IrishPhotoArchive!

Over the last couple of months we created our very own facebook, twitter, pinterest and linkedin accounts and have since then been trying to keep them all organized and current. No small task as they are all equally addictive and engaging! Tragically, however, in an attempt to juggle these new accounts we have dropped the ball on our blog. Fear not photo-lovers, the blog is being resurrected and will no longer sit in the shadows of our other social media addictions!

Our first order of business is, of course, to congratulate Donegal on their win yesterday!

Well done Donegal!!

Also, we'd like to share with you how very excited we are for Charlie is My Darling the new Rolling Stones movie premiering in New York this week!  Follow this link to read an article about the film as well as to view a very fab, very chic poster ; )

We found this little gem whilst scouring the internet for news of Rolling Stones to tide us over until the movie premier (see what we did there?):

Ah Mick.

Naturally, Andy Warhol casually disregarded Mick Jaggers' warning against complicated covers and included a working zipper on the pants shown in the album cover. 

However, this album also displayed for the first time the famous tongue logo designed by John Pasche. Generally I think Mick can consider this one a win. 

Do you have a Rolling Stones song stuck in your head yet? No?

You're welcome : )