Darryl Jones Like a Rolling Stone


Darryl Jones Subject of New Film Documentary

–Joe Lund

Rolling Stones fans, take note: it appears one of the band’s least-known members will soon get his day in the sun. Darryl Jones, the bassist who stepped in for Bill Wyman after the latter retired in 1993, is the subject of a new documentary being financed through a crowd-funding campaign. Filmmakers Eric Hamburg and Rick English are spearheading the project, interviewing the Stones’ Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, and Ron Wood, as well as other artists who extol Jones’ virtues as a musician and as an integral part of the group.

“Darryl is sort of the ‘unknown’ Stone,” observes Hamburg. “He replaced Bill Wyman in the band, but many people don’t know that he’s been a Stone for 21 years now.” “He’s an incredible musician,” adds English, “but he’s also a fascinating person.”

The Rolling Stones bassist Darryl Jones performs with the band at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006 as they kick off the second half of their A Bigger Bang Tour in the United States. (AP Photo/Robert E. Klein)

The filmmakers have already shot hours of footage with Jones at the bassist’s home in Los Angeles. Additionally, they spent time in Orlando, Florida, last summer, interviewing Richards, Wood, and Watts. Describing the tenor of the film, Hamburg and English liken the project to the Oscar-winning music documentary “Twenty Feet from Stardom,” with “a bit of ‘Gimme Shelter’ [thrown in] as well.”

Titled Darryl Jones: Like a Rolling Stone, the film is being financed in part via the Indiegogo crowdfunding site. Depending on the level of contribution, those who pitch in stand to receive perks that range from T-shirts, dinner with Jones, and opportunities to jam with the bassist or watch him at work in the studio.

At the time of this writing, contributors have pledged $12,485 toward an ultimate goal of $50,000. For more information, click here.