Videos: How Martin Scorsese’s films feature his lifelong love for the Rolling Stones

Martin, Mick, and the gang.
Martin, Mick, and the gang.
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Martin Scorsese’s most frequent collaborator isn’t Robert De Niro or Leonardo DiCaprio, despite both appearing in some of his most famous films. In fact, it’s not any actor at all. It’s the Stones.

The legendary movie director is developing a TV series for HBO with an equally legendary figure—Mick Jagger. Called Vinyl, it will follow the ins and outs of the rock music business in the early 1970s, perhaps informed by the Rolling Stones frontman’s actual experiences.

Jagger’s real-life son, James, will star alongside Olivia Wilde, Ray Romano, and Bobby Cannavale—who featured in Scorsese’s last HBO show, Boardwalk Empire. Scorsese will direct the first episode and serve as a producer with Jagger. Vinyl premieres on HBO in 2016.

Scorsese last worked with Jagger on a 2008 documentary on the Stones, Shine a Light, but Scorsese has (unofficially) been working with the Rolling Stones throughout his entire 40-year career. The band’s songs are regularly featured in key scenes in Scorsese’s films.

“Gimme Shelter”

The song opened The Departed, Scorsese’s 2006 Boston crime drama, which won the Oscar for best picture (and earned Scorsese his first and only award for best director—shocking, right?). The song also appeared in two scenes involving copious amounts of cocaine, in Casino:

And Goodfellas:

“Long Long While” and “Satisfaction”

In one of Casino‘s more famous scenes, Joe Pesci repeatedly stabs a guy with a pen.

Another Stones hit, ”(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” can be heard toward the end of the scene.

“Memo From Turner”

Goodfellas features the Stones song “Monkey Man,” in addition to “Memo From Turner” and “Gimme Shelter.”

“Jumpin’ Jack Flash”

Mean Streets was Scorsese’s breakthrough film in 1973. Robert De Niro would go on to star in Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, and Cape Fear.