Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards makes film about growing up in Dartford

PUBLISHED: 16:02 29 June 2016 | UPDATED: 16:03 29 June 2016

Keith Richards - The Origin Of The Species -  Jane Rose - Photographer: Jane Rose

Keith Richards - The Origin Of The Species - Jane Rose - Photographer: Jane Rose

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The documentary will show how the singer songwriter grew up in the post-war era

Dartford’s iconic rock guitarist Keith Richards will front a BBC film showing what life was like for the Rolling Stones songwriter growing up in post-war Dartford.

The Origin of the Species will tell the story of how the musician escaped certain-death during the Second World War when a direct hit during a bombing raid sprayed his cot with bricks and mortar.

It will go on to portray Keith Richards’ experiences during the deprivation of those post-war years, growing up with the rise of the National Health Service and the end of National Service, among other formative social experiences.

Speaking in the film, he says: “There was a feeling late 50s/early 60s that there was a change coming. 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 for my generation, 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.”

Julien Temple, known for directing the Sex Pistols Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle, explained how he came up with the title.

He said: “Listening to the early Stones as a kid changed everything for me. I felt a new way of living emerging, a new kind of person becoming possible - something I wanted to be a part of. And without a doubt I thought Keith Richards was the Origin of the Species.

“This film sets out to explore how both he and the 60s in England came about.”

Ending at the point where the Rolling Stones began, the film is set to explore the 72-year-old’s coming of age ahead of his huge part in the explosion of English rock music in the 60s.

Keith Richards - The Origin of the Species will be aired on BBC Two in July.

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