Rolling Stones to issue 50th anniversary photo book

LONDON Fri Mar 2, 2012 8:49am EST

Rolling Stones band members (L-R) Charles Watts, Mick Jagger, and Keith Richards pose as they arrive for the premiere of the documentary film ''Stones In Exile'' in New York May 11, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Rolling Stones band members (L-R) Charles Watts, Mick Jagger, and Keith Richards pose as they arrive for the premiere of the documentary film ''Stones In Exile'' in New York May 11, 2010.

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LONDON (Reuters) - Fifty years to the day after the Rolling Stones first took to the stage, the veteran rockers will publish a photographic record of their rise to fame and lasting success.

"The Rolling Stones: 50" will hit the shelves on July 12, the date in 1962 when the band debuted at the Marquee Club in London's Oxford Street.

The book, published by Thames & Hudson in Britain, is part of the 50th anniversary celebrations for one of rock and roll's biggest acts, but what fans are calling for most is another world tour.

While some members of the group have said a tour was likely, no announcement has been made and questions remain about the relationship between lead singer Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards.

Ties were strained, according to accounts in the music press, after Richards portrayed Jagger in an unflattering light in his 2010 memoir "Life".

The new book will feature 700 illustrations, 300 of them in color and many taken from the archive of the Daily Mirror tabloid, which contains the largest newspaper collection of Rolling Stones photography.

"This is our story of 50 fantastic years," Jagger, Richards, bass player Ronnie Wood and drummer Charlie Watts said in a joint statement.

"We started out as a blues band playing the clubs and more recently we've filled the largest stadiums in the world with the kind of show that none of us could have imagined all those years ago.

"Curated by us, it features the very best photographs and ephemera from and beyond our archives."

The photographic autobiography, which will also feature words from the band, includes images taken by Philip Townsend, the photographer for the band's first ever shoot.

The 352-page hardback edition will retail at 29.95 pounds ($48) in Britain.

(Reporting by Mike Collett-White)

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Where are they going to take them? The Pyramids?

Mar 02, 2012 7:30am EST  --  Report as abuse
Darden wrote:
This looks to be one of the few books about the Stones that is a ‘must-have’. I’ve seen other books about the band that were a nice read and some that were published simply for the moment. The article reads as if the project will run the spectrum of the band’s career. If so, I may have to have two copies; one for guests to peruse and one for my own.

Mar 02, 2012 11:17am EST  --  Report as abuse
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