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
About the Author
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.