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Tune In Tonight: A brief history of the Rolling Stones

November 15, 2012

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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 reissues.

Now the Rolling Stones get into the act with “Crossfire Hurricane” (8 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.

The Stones’ “official” history is a sad reminder that the band has become a kind of self-perpetuating corporation. One that ran out of creative gas sometime around 1982.

Tonight’s other highlights

• Jack can’t roll with the punch lines on “30 Rock” (7 p.m., NBC).

• A missing key reveals a traitor in the ranks on “Last Resort” (7 p.m., ABC).

• The formula points to a brilliant surgeon on “Person of Interest” (8 p.m., CBS).

• Angela begins to suspect the senator of a secret affair on “The Office” (8 p.m., NBC).

• Rachel and Kurt pay a visit on “Glee” (8 p.m., Fox).

• The doctors undertake a damage assessment on “Grey’s Anatomy” (8 p.m., ABC).

• Newspaper readers inspire the contestants on “Project Runway All Stars” (8 p.m., Lifetime).

• Leslie has doubts about April’s plans on “Parks and Recreation” (8:30 p.m., NBC).

• A double murder seems terribly familiar to a 13-year-old case on “Elementary” (9 p.m., CBS).

• A coded message contains a political bombshell on “Scandal” (9 p.m., ABC).

• You gotta bereave on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (9 p.m., FX).

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