The Rolling Stones to release new documentary to celebrate 50th anniversary

Band will release a celebratory film and photo album this year

The Rolling Stones have announced that they will be releasing a new untitled documentary as part of the celebrations marking 50 years since their first ever gig.

The film, which has been directed by Brett Morgen and executive produced by the band themselves, will be showcased in September of this year.

The documentary features footage which dates back to 1963 and is also set to include materials retrieved from vaults and personal archives as well as new interviews.

Speaking about the film, Morgen said: “For anyone who wants to experience the band, this is the film that will defy convention and create a sonic tapestry to transport viewers into the world of the Rolling Stones. The film will deliver the original, bold, sexy and dangerous flavor of the iconic rock band.”

The band had previously confirmed that they are to release a new photo album to mark to celebrate their 50th birthday.

The book, published by Thames & Hudson, will feature 700 shots, 300 of them in colour and many taken from the archive of the Daily Mirror.

The photographic autobiography – entitled ‘The Rolling Stones: 50’ – will also include words from the band and images taken by Philip Townsend, the photographer for the their first ever shoot.

Earlier this week, it was revealed that the band have delayed their 50th anniversary tour until 2013.