April 21 — The Rolling Stones and ABKCO Records have partnered to resurrect the video for one of its classic songs more than half a century after it first premiered.
The band debuted a colorized version of the video for its song, ‘Child of the Moon’ Friday. The new version presents the original black and white — which has been restored in a rich 4K presentation — in so much fullness. The colorization takes audiences back in time in the best way possible and enhances the viewing experience for the song even more.
The original video for ‘Child of the Moon’ was recorded in 1968 and directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg. It was recorded in a field near Enfield, UK.
Hogg talked about the video’s creation in a recent interview.
“I said to Mick Jagger, ‘I think we really need a white horse in the field,” Lindsay-Hogg said. Think Fellini,’ because Fellini was the go-to guy in the ‘50s and the ‘60s for the odd ingredient in the shot, whether it was a clown in white face or a white horse. We all arrived at various times in this field looking onto a sort of clump of trees aiming up a little hill. [Former guitarist] Brian [Jones] was late, which is sort of the reason Brian isn’t around for a while in the shot. Mick said, ‘Do you want me to mime?’ I said, ‘No. I think we want to try something even more different here. More radical.
Lindsay-Hogg continued, “We intercut you with things that are happening up in the trees and make a little story.’ He was very savvy and very versed in film. He was willing to try this, and I don’t know if it had been done before, where you have a small scenario where you cut in the principals with something happening and stitch it together. I thought it would be interesting basically to have three ages of women coming out of the trees and Mick looking at them. Then the audience would become a participant in the video and start to make the story themselves.”
He concluded, “What’s interesting is we have a little girl, we have an older woman, and the middle woman was an actress friend of my girlfriend, Eileen Atkins and she now is Dame Eileen Atkins, one of the foremost actresses in the British theatre. The little girl runs off to the side, the older woman walks through the slightly wet ground and we see her go off and we see the white horse. Eileen Atkins is the one who retreats up back the way she came down, and she looks back at Mick with a look which you might describe as longing or anxious. Something in her look relates to Mick in a way we let the audience figure it out.”
‘Child of the Moon’ was the b-side to The Rolling Stones’ hit single, ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash.’ The song peaked at #1 in the UK and #3 in the U.S.
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