There's something about the holiday season that inspires the owners of a classic rock catalog to dust off their material. For years, every Christmas brought a new way to spend money on Beatles songs and albums, repurposed and reorganized as CDs and downloads. This year, it's back to the future with "new" vinyl re-
issues. Now, the Rolling Stones get into the act with "Crossfire Hurricane" (9 p.m., HBO), a documentary celebrating their 50 years in the business.
The fact that "Hurricane" covers only the Stones' first 20 years of existence speaks volumes about their past three decades. Fans will enjoy much of the vintage footage, cobbled together from the many documentary films about the band.
The film includes great performance footage of many memorable hits. "Hurricane" emphasizes the Stones' penchant for inspiring extreme behavior in their fans. Boys came to their shows to fight, girls to lose themselves in apparent sexual abandon. This would reach its Dionysian apogee at California's Altamont Speedway in 1969, when a free Stones concert became an orgy of violence. At least one person was killed.
"Hurricane" is produced by the Stones themselves. Unlike Keith Richards' 2011 memoir "Life," it fails to discuss or even acknowledge the band's roots in American blues. We see ancient footage of Mick Jagger singing "Little Red Rooster." But would it kill the filmmakers to tell us that prior to the Stones' version, the song had been sung by Sam Cooke, while Howlin' Wolf covered it even earlier? The song is credited to Willie Dixon, but it may be as old as the blues itself.
For these artists' influence to be whitewashed out of the Stones' "official" history is a sad reminder the band has become a kind of self-perpetuating
corporation. One that ran out of creative gas sometime around 1982.
---As announced last week, the gang from "Jersey Shore" (8 p.m. and 9 p.m., r, and 10 p.m., MTV, TV-14), now in its last season, will gather for a live "Restore the Shore" (11 p.m., MTV) fundraiser. The effort, broadcast from MTV's Times Square studios, will
encourage viewers to donate
to the rebuilding of Seaside Heights, N.J., the beach town at the center of the series' shenanigans that was devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
---"Audio-Files" (7 p.m., BYUtv) profiles the band the Head and the Heart.
---Jack can't roll with the punchlines on "30 Rock" (8 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
---A missing key reveals a traitor in the ranks on "Last Resort" (8 p.m., ABC, TV-14).
---The formula points to a bril-
liant surgeon on "Person of Inter est" (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---Angela begins to suspect the senator of a secret affair on "The Office" (9 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
---Rachel and Kurt pay a visit on "Glee" (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
---The doctors undertake a damage assessment on "Grey's Anatomy" (9 p.m., ABC, TV-14).
---Newspaper readers inspire the contestants on "Project Runway All Stars" (9 p.m., Lifetime, TV-PG).
---Leslie has doubts about April's plans on "Parks and Recreation" (9:30 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).
---A double murder seems ter-
ribly familiar to a 13-year-old case on "Elementary" (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---A coded message contains a political bombshell on "Scandal" (10 p.m., ABC, TV-14).
---You gotta bereave on "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" (10 p.m., FX, TV-MA).
Teen vampires create their own peer pressure in a California community in the 1987 shocker "The Lost Boys" (8 p.m., G4).
---Sheldon's mysteries on "The Big Bang Theory" (8 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---Live performances on "The X Factor" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
---Elena suffers hallucinations on "The Vampire Diaries" (8 p.m., CW, TV-14).
---Alan gets nervous about commitment on "Two and a Half Men" (8:30 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---A botched Thanksgiving on "Up All Night" (8:30 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).
---Vincent worries about gaps in his memory on "Beauty and the Beast" (9 p.m., CW, TV-PG).
---Andrew Napolitano is slated on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" (11 p.m., Comedy Central).
---Kellan Lutz, Jimmy Pardo and JEFF The Brotherhood appear on "Conan" (11 p.m., TBS).
---Ne-Yo, Ben Gleib, Bobby Lee and Marc Maron are booked on "Chelsea Lately" (11 p.m., E!).
---Chris Stringer sits down on "The Colbert Report" (11:30 p.m., Comedy Central).
---Zooey Deschanel and Lisa Lampanelli appear on "Late Show With David Letterman" (11:35 p.m., CBS).
---Jay Leno welcomes Tim Allen and Nolan Gould on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC).
---Mel Brooks, Jake Tapper and Jason Aldean appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (midnight, ABC).
---Katie Holmes, Jeff Bezos and Russell Peters visit "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (12:35 a.m., NBC).
---Craig Ferguson hosts Max Greenfield and Lucy Punch on "The Late Late Show" (12:35 a.m., CBS).
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