The Rolling Stones have announced the official digital release of their new (and improved) “2000 Light Years From Home” music video.
Appearing on the Stones' distinctly psychedelic 1967 album, Their Satanic Majesties Request and as the B-side of the “She’s a Rainbow” single, the Jagger/Richards-penned song was recorded at Olympic Studios in London.
The Summer of Love was a celebration of freedom for many, though Mick Jagger spent a small part of it banged up in Brixton prison on drugs charges where it is believed he wrote the song’s lyrics.
Having already dipped their toes in the psychedelic waters with the Between the Buttons LP earlier in the year, 1967’s Their Satanic Majesties Request saw the Stones fully immerse themselves in lysergic experimentation before swiftly returning to stripped-down roots rock with Beggars Banquet in 1968.
“The whole acid thing was a phenomenon,” recalled Keith Richards in a radio interview. “It hit with a bang. I don’t know what people really made of it. I still don’t, actually. Nobody knows what they made out of LSD…
“I tried it out, but I didn’t get carried away with it by myself, but a lot of people around me were definitely out there for quite an extended period of time. And probably didn’t come back.”
Directed by Peter Whitehead (1937-2019) – the notable filmmaker and author behind the Rolling Stones documentary Charlie Is My Darling: Ireland 1965 – the 1967 “2000 Light Years From Home” video has been resurrected in style.
Featuring staged performances by Jagger, Richards, Charlie Watts, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman, the A.V. Club describes “2000 Light Years From Home” as “one of the highlights of The Rolling Stones’ brief psychedelic phase.”
The new "2000 Light Years From Home" music video can be viewed on the Rolling Stones' popular YouTube channel and is just hours away from its premiere.
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