Sly Stone to be subject of Derik Murray's new documentary chronicling rise of the rock legend
Sly Stone, one of the most celebrated figures in the history of rock 'n roll, will be the subject of a new documentary by filmmaker Derik Murray.
Sly Stone, one of the most celebrated figures in the history of rock 'n roll, will be the subject of a new documentary by filmmaker Derik Murray, Variety reported. The title and release date for the film are yet to be announced, but it has been reported by Variety that the rock legend has already sat with the filmmakers for an extensive interview.
Sly Stone is known to live a reclusive life, and has made minimal public appearances in the last many years. Since the dissolution of Sly & the Family Stone — the hugely successful soul and fuck rock band — Stone has hardly ever given interviews or made public appearances. His last solo record was 2011's I'm Back! Family & Friends, and he was seen at Sly & the Family Stone's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony and performed at the 2006 Grammy Awards.
"In the annals of pop music, certain artists are more than just innovators and more than just icons. Certain artists are avatars – the manifestation of an idea,” said Murray to Variety. "For Sly Stone, that idea was to create a diverse band that embraced a kaleidoscope of musical and cultural styles, that stand unparalleled to this day."
Sly & the Family Stone's debut album, A Whole New Thing, was released in 1967. Their second album included the hit song 'Dance to the Music'. Sly & the Family Stone went onto release classic albums like Stand! and There's a Riot Goin' On. The documentary will feature a selection archival footage and photographs, and a soundtrack packed with songs from Stone's catalog.
Murray is known for directing and producing several celebrity documentaries, including 2017's I Am Heath Ledger. Murray has also worked on films about Chris Farley, Even Knievel, John F. Kennedy, Jr. and Martin Luther King, Jr.
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