HBO documentary will celebrate 50 years of the Rolling Stones

LOS ANGELES Wed Aug 1, 2012 6:42pm EDT

The Rolling Stones (L-R) Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Mick Jagger pose as they arrive for the opening of the exhibition ''Rolling Stones: 50'' at Somerset House in London July 12, 2012. The exhibition which celebrates 50 years of the band since their first gig at the Marquee Club in 1962 will run from July 13 to August 27. REUTERS/Ki Price

The Rolling Stones (L-R) Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Mick Jagger pose as they arrive for the opening of the exhibition ''Rolling Stones: 50'' at Somerset House in London July 12, 2012. The exhibition which celebrates 50 years of the band since their first gig at the Marquee Club in 1962 will run from July 13 to August 27.

Credit: Reuters/Ki Price

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Cable channel HBO will air a new documentary about The Rolling Stones this fall to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the British rock band.

HBO programming president Michael Lombardo told TV journalists on Wednesday that "The Rolling Stones: The Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band in the World," was being directed by Brett Morgan.

"This is all done as part of the band's 50th anniversary. This documentary has the full involvement of the four current band members, Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ron, as well as the former band members Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor.

"We'll follow the band from their early club days through their arrival as the greatest band in the world," Lombardo said.

The Rolling Stones were formed in London in 1962 and are one of the longest-performing rock bands in the world and have sold an estimated 200 million records worldwide.

The broadcast date of the new documentary will be announced at a later date.

(This version of the story corrects name of band member in third paragraph to Mick Taylor from Nick Taylor)

(Reporting By Jill Serjeant; editing by Patricia Reaney and Andre Grenon)

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