Ronnie Wood is one Stone who’s never alone. Although he’s been in the Rolling Stones since 1975, he’s the only member who continually gets called out to reunite with one of the other classic rock groups he helped shape: The Birds, The Jeff Beck Group, The Faces (with Rod Stewart), and The New Barbarians. He was such a busy player it took until 1974 until he realized I’ve Got My Own Album to Do. Eagle Rock Entertainment’s upcoming documentary Somebody Up There Likes Me will trace Wood’s 50-year musical journey. Directed by Mike Figgis, this is the first in-depth film biography of the iconic musician. Somebody Up There Likes Me will be available in North America as a Virtual Cinema release starting Sept. 18 and running through October. The DVD, Blu-ray and deluxe hardback book release date is Oct. 9.
Wood has made countless contributions to the cultural zeitgeist as an artist, musician, producer and author. Figgis captures Wood’s charismatic warmth, energy and honesty as he speaks openly about his battles with drink and drugs. In the press statement, Wood says the film sums up “the essence of survival” in a life he continues to live to the fullest, without regrets. “I wouldn’t change anything except I’d do it with my eyes open a bit more. I was in the hands of destiny all my life, and being in the right place at the right time.”
Somebody Up There Likes Me gets its title from a conversation with Wood about surviving his chronic smoking habit: “When they operated on my cancer, they took away my emphysema,” Wood says. “They said my lungs were as if I’d never smoked. I thought: ‘How’s that for a Get Out Of Jail Free card?’ Somebody up there likes me, and somebody down here likes me too.”
The documentary is also a portrait of one of the most important guitarists in music, capturing what it means to be a rock ‘n’ roll icon. Somebody Up There Likes Me mixes present-day performances and with archive footage and footage of Wood playing guitar and harmonica, illustrating his talents as a versatile instrumentalist, much as the segments of him in another kind of studio, painting.
The film features new interviews with the Rolling Stones’s Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts, as well as his Faces bandmate, Rod Stewart. They also speak with Wood’s wife Sally Wood, singer Imelda May and artist Damien Hirst. It climaxes with Wood giving a beautiful, intimate performance of “Breathe On Me” from his 1975 solo album New Look.
An official selection at both the Tribeca Film Festival 2020 and the BFI London Film Festival 2019, Somebody Up There Likes Me will be available in North America as a Virtual Cinema release starting Sept. 18 at www.ronniewoodmovie.com, running through October. This will be followed by a DVD, Blu-ray and deluxe hardback book release on October 9. Pre-orders are available now.