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Rolling Stones 50 x 20 Hardcover – September 18, 2012

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Insight Editions (September 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608871320
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608871322
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 10.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #439,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Early on, the Stones cultivated friendships with celebrities, including fashion designers and visual artists as opposed to (but not to the exclusion of) the usual pop-musician friendships with purveyors of controlled substances and fashion models. This generated more than a few arresting images over the years, like the early ’60s shot of Mick Jagger wearing slacks and a collared shirt, looking every bit the London School of Economics student he had recently been. Not surprisingly, many of the pictures in this collection feature Jagger and Keith Richards: “As photo subjects, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts are like their bass playing and drumming: solid, immutable, dependable presences. The guitarists—the doomed Jones, the unconvinced Mick Taylor, the inevitable Ron Wood—are crucial, but never central . . . it’s Jagger and Richards who command the camera’s eye.” A highlight is the juxtaposition of the cover image, which reproduces the black-and-white photo of a debauch that graced the gatefold of Beggars Banquet, and the dust-jacket image, another shot from the same session, but in lurid color. There’s a smattering of verbiage here, mostly reminiscences by the photographers, but the main thing is the graphic content, which more than does justice to the Stones’ enduring act. --Mike Tribby

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Chris Murray is the founder and director of Govinda Gallery in Washington, D.C. For over thirty years, Murray has organized more than 200 exhibitions of many of the nation’s leading artists and photographers.

Richard Harrington, a writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post and the Washington Star, has covered such artists as U2, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Jay-Z, Tim McGraw, Dolly Parton, James Brown, David Bowie, and many others. Harrington also edited two Washington alternative newspapers, Woodwind and Unicorn Times.

Chris Salewicz has documented popular culture for more than three decades, in print and on television and radio. A features writer with NME from 1974 to 1981, he has published his writing, on a wide variety of subjects, in the Sunday Times, the Independent, the Daily Telegraph, Condé Nast Traveller, Q, Mojo, The Face, Time Out and many other British publications, as well as in countless publications worldwide. While living in Jamaica, he cowrote Third World Cop, at the time the most successful film ever made in the Caribbean, and he is the author of fifteen books, including the acclaimed Rude Boy: Once Upon a Time in Jamaica; Redemption Song: The Definitive Biography of Joe Strummer; and Bob Marley: The Untold Story. He lives in London.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul Krupin on September 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Whether the Rolling Stones played a major role in your musical upbringing or not, you'll no doubt enjoy this incredibly well done photo journey back in time. This 50 year anniversary special is a wonderful, even remarkable collection of superb quality photos taken over the years by twenty of the best photographers in the world. The book contains many of the most historic photos that have graced the pages of magazines and TV screens all over the world. This book explains the Rolling Stones phenomenon crisply, robustly and in great loving detail. Each photographers insights offer a perspective that adds new dimensions to the pictures, personalities, and lives revealed. You'll spend hours paging through the years slowly, savoring the amazing moments captured then and revealed to you again now, enjoying the diverse and fascinating characters, and the rich tapestry of living entertainment they gave to the world.
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One of the many products being published to commemorate the half-century career of the seminal rock band, The Rolling Stones, this large format, hardcover page book compiles both iconic photos (many used for album covers) from 20 well-known music-performance photographers. The 80 images included are primarily black-and-white (the majority of the color shots come near the end) but these are actually the ones that capture the band at their rawest. Arranged chronologically from 1962 through 2005, each photographer - or in the case of Eric Swayne (his son, Tom)- provides a short essay to accompany their section. There's also a two-page Foreword and an eight-page Afterward of text plus brief bios of the photographers. While the photos are great, and the print quality high, the Editor, Chris Murray, (or maybe it was the unnamed graphic designer) decided to use a newsprint-like font for the text and to increase the type size and use BOLD text every time the words "Rolling Stones" appears. This won't detract fans from buying this book but I, for one, found it annoying and distracting. Hence the four star rating.

You'll see all the band members here - both on stage and off - along with fellow entertainers like James Brown and Jimi Hendrix. And the book is 12x12 in size so it will fit right next to your RS Lps on your record shelf.

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jonnie King on June 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
They've been called "The Greatest Rock & Roll Band of All-Time", and if you've ever seen 'em in-person, you'll probably agree with that statement. Seniority has its perks. From the 60's until the new Millenium their "rock" has never stopped ! SO, if you like the Stones, you'll love this book as it celebrates their Fifty Years of Rock & Roll !

Twenty of the best Stones photographers were chosen to share their pix...and, yes, they go chronologically from the 60's to the 2000's,and almost every photo that you see could be made into a Poster on its own merits. It's a massive, full-size, coffee-table-type hardcover, containing 144 pages in colour and b&w...and CHRIS MURRAY has done it perfectly.

Some of the twenty photographers include: Michael Joseph, Gus Coral, Mark Seliger, Eddie Kramer, Bob Gruen, and, Fernando Aceves. You see some of the most candid photos of the Stones ever shot. On-stage, off-stage, in rehearsal, in the studio, at play, at rest...well, you get the idea. Plus, many of the Stones and their friends are in there too. Jimi Hendrix, Andy Warhol, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, are included...but mostly, it's the Stones as you've never seen them before.

When I was Music Director at KAAY/Little Rock, Atlantic Records flew me into Nashville for the "Rolling Stones American Tour 1972" Concert, and,in 1997 at KHITS-96/St. Louis, we did a promotion for the Stones "Bridges Over Babylon" Tour, and I saw them for the second time. Twenty-Five years later, they were just as good, or better, than the first time !

This is a superb book, about a Legendary group, and if you want an intimate look into their entire career this is it, as it was produced to celebrate the Stones 50th Anniversary. It is a must for any Stones collector !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Baljit S. Grewal on February 9, 2013
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but hey it's better than being that kind of junkie. There are some marvellous pictures in this book and one derives a lot of pleasure by simply reading the articles within.
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