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1962: whether you were around or not, without doubt you will be familiar with the rock ‘n’ roll royalty that is The Rolling Stones. Bill Wyman was a founding member of the ‘Stones and stayed with the band for thirty years until he chose to change his rocker’s lifestyle for his third wife.
Over the course of those years, the band disrupted the music industry, where “nice-boy” tunes by The Beach Boys and The Beatles were in popular favour. The Stones’ tough sound and hard image set off a whole generation, with a spirit of rebellion and liberation.
Read more on our blog – and listen to Wyman speak about experiencing the band’s growth and mutation, and now with the release of his documentary “The Quiet One” how the journey of his life has delivered him all the way to WORLDWEBFORUM 2019.
The Rolling Stones were at the forefront of the British Invasion of bands that became popular in the United States in 1964 and were identified with the youthful and rebellious counterculture of the 1960s. Rooted in blues and early rock and roll, the group began a short period of musical experimentation in the mid-1960s.
The Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004. Rolling Stone magazine ranked them fourth on the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” list and their estimated record sales are above 250 million. They have released 30 studio albums, 23 live albums and numerous compilations.
THE QUIET ONE offers a unique, never before revealed and behind the- scenes look at the highs and lows of the life and career of Bill Wyman, former founding member of the Rolling Stones and renaissance man of rock and roll.
Directed by Oliver Murray, the film traces the artist’s career and will feature previously unseen film from his vast archive of memorabilia. Wyman, who turned 80 last October, shot hours of film footage, took thousands of photographs and kept a detailed daily diary.
When Bill Wyman first went to rehearse with the Rolling Stones in December 1962 he arrived with his homemade bass, two amps and big bass cabinet. He gave the band the kind of sound they were looking for – more powerful, more electric and his spare amp did not go amiss. For the next thirty-one years Bill became one half of rock’s most reliable and rock solid rhythm sections.
Born William George Perks on Saturday 24 October 1936 at Lewisham Hospital in South East London, he later changed his surname to Wyman, the name of a friend, in the early days of the Stones. His wartime childhood was unremarkable other than the fact that he was evacuated twice. Like Brian and Mick he went to grammar school but unlike the rest of the Stones he also did three years of National Service, joining the RAF, during which time he served in Germany from 1955.
Being introduced to rock ‘n’ roll through American Forces Radio in Germany he heard Elvis, Jerry Lee and the others who changed the face of popular music earlier than most people in Britain. Returning to southeast London and civilian life he got a job as a storekeeper and also formed a band whose drummer got the job of drumming with the Rolling Stones in the summer of 1962. This led to Bill being introduced to Mick, Keith, Brian and Ian Stewart and as often been repeated, “he brought electricity to the Stones.”
Always a lover of rock ‘n’ roll Bill quickly learned to love the blues and true to character, he has said he would love to have been an archivist in a museum, he set about studying the blues and became an avid record collector and information.
By the time Bill decided to quit the Stones in 1993 he had already written Stone Alone, which concentrated on his career with the band during the 1960s. He later wrote an illustrated coffee table book, Rolling with the Stones and has also written books about the blues, metal detecting, – one of his great passions, the artist Chagall, who was a great friend from his time living in the South of France and produced and starred in a TV series about the history of the blues. Bill has also written music for film and appeared in several movies.
Bill was the first of the Rolling Stones to release a solo album, Monkey Grip in 1974 and while with the band had a hit single with ‘SJ Si Je Suis Un Rock Star’. In the last two decades he’s released numerous albums under the aegis of Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings and toured the UK, America and Europe with his all star band.
Bill, like Mick, loves cricket and he has played in numerous charity cricket matches and on one occasion he took a hat trick at the Oval. Bill’s other major passion is photography and since 2006 he has exhibited his images all over the world. He’s been called the Renaissance man of rock and it’s a notion that suits him well.