The Rolling Stones are synonymous with rock n’ roll and Rolling Stones 50 X 20 celebrates the remarkable fifty-year career of “The World’s Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band.” In this exquisite tome, the finest music photographers chronicle the band from scruffy upstarts to rock n’ roll royalty.
The ride begins with Gus Coral’s photos of the Rolling Stones’ first tour of England in fall of 1963 and continues into the fevered creativity of such high watermarks as Between the Buttons, shot by Gered Mankowitz, Their Satanic Majesties Request, shot by Michael Cooper, and Beggar’s Banquet, shot by Michael Joseph. 50 x 20 totals over 80 shots and, in addition to the esteemed aforementioned lens men, features the work of world-class photographers including Fernando Aceves, William Coupon, Claude Gassian, Bob Gruen, Ross Halfin, Eddie Kramer, Dick Waterman, and Baron Wolman. A statement from the photographer discussing the significance and circumstances surrounding the image accompanies each pictire. The photos are a mix of iconic and intimate with all the heady proceedings contextualized by a wonderfully insightful introduction by Richard Harrington, music editor for the Washington Post.
Rolling Stones 50 X 20 is a privileged access experience just in time to celebrate half century of this infamous rock n’ roll institution. The Rolling Stones are rock n’ roll and Rolling Stones 50 X 20 is an essential for all rock n’ roll buffs.
Chris Murray is the founder and director of Govinda Gallery in Washington, D.C.
Richard Harrington is a writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, The Washington Star, and has covered such artists as U2, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Jay-Z, Tim McGraw, Dolly Parton, James Brown, and David Bowie.
Chris Salewicz was the features writer with NME from 1974 to 1981 and has been published in the Sunday Times, The Independent, the Daily Telegraph, Conde Nast Traveller, Q, Mojo, The Face, and Time Out. 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.
Originally posted 2012-07-19 17:00:55.