LONDON, July 29 — On July 12, the Rolling Stones marked the band’s official 50th anniversary of its first concert in London’s Marquee Club with a free exhibition of photographs. An upcoming documentary to cover the span of the band’s history and a series of book releases from biographies to photo collections are also celebrating the occasion.
With more than 200 million records sold and hits, from “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” to “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” the three principal players — Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and drummer Charlie Watts — have yet to confirm tour plans, though rumours are circulating they are rehearsing with former bass player Bill Wyman in Paris to prepare for a possible reunion. \A shelf-load of books are being released this year to pay tribute to the half-a-century career of the Rolling Stones, the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band according to many — certainly one with remarkable longevity.
The Rolling Stones 50
Thames & Hudson in Europe, available now; Hyperion in the US, out on October 16
Curated by the band, this 352-page collection is the only officially authorised book. Rare and unseen photographs, posters, 1,000 illustrations, memorabilia, outtakes and lots more, covering each decade. Legendary photographer Gered Mankowitz, Jean-Marie Périer, Dezo Hoffmann, Bent Rej, Philip Townsend and others are included.
Mick: The Wild Life and Mad Genius of Jagger
By Christopher Andersen, Gallery Books, July 10, 2012
A biography of an original living legend, the swaggering and strutting frontman of the Stones. With secrets revealed, author Christopher Andersen probes the complex and enigmatic icon though friends, family, wives, and industry insiders. The book sheds new light on details of his life from sexual exploits to drama with Keith Richards, fans and friends. The book also uncovers Jagger’s business dealings, drug habits, and scandals.
The Rolling Stones 1972
Foreward by Keith Richards, Chronicle Books, July 25, 2012
In 1972, the Rolling Stones marked their first decade as a band with the release of “Exile on Main St.” and a concert tour of the US covered for Life magazine by photographer Jim Marshall (1936-2010), who captured The Stones onstage and behind-the-scenes.
The Rolling Stones
By Christopher Sandford, Simon & Schuster UK, September 2012
An in-depth look at the human drama of the Rolling Stones story. The author even interviewed Mick’s parents, fans and contemporaries, and examines their previously unreleased FBI files.
The Rolling Stones 50 x 20
Insight Editions, September 18, with an intro by Chris Murray
A chronicle of the band from upstarts to rock royalty, “50 x 20” features more than 80 shots by 20 renowned music photographers including Gered Mankowitz, Fernando Aceves, Claude Gassian, Bob Gruen, Eddie Kramer, Dick Waterman, and Baron Wolman. From intimate to iconic, the photos are accompanied by statements about the significance of the image, following albums like “Between the Buttons” and “Beggar’s Banquet”.
Rolling Stones (One on One)
By Sean Egan and Gered Mankowitz, Insight Editions, October 9, 2012
An intimate view of the Rolling Stones on their American tour, September to December of 1965, by 19-year-old photographer Gered Mankowitz. Invited to live the band’s true rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle, he documented candid moments from New York to Los Angeles. Mankowitz continued photographing the Stones throughout 1967, shooting album covers for the band and documenting their ongoing success and international fame.
Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Rock
By Howard Kramer, out since October 10, 2011
The Curatorial Director at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland chronicles the Rolling Stones’ origins and evolution from childhood friends and their musical influences of darker, bluesier material than most British pop.
The Rolling Stones: Complete Recording Sessions 1962-2012
By Martin Elliot, Cherry Red Books, November 1 This updated edition and resource features every recording session and live recording listed in chronological order with commentary and information on the recording in context with the historical period. Also lists bootlegs, release title, date of release and chart positions and covers details of the band’s live career and other activities.
50 Licks: Myths and Stories from Half a Century of the Rolling Stones
By Bernard M. Corbett and Peter Fornatale, Bloomsbury, February 19, 2013
The origin story of the Stones and 49 other classic tales, each named for a different song by the band and covering everything from producer Andrew Loog Oldham to the elusive bassist Bill Wyman. Part oral history, part memorabilia.
LIFE: The Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll
Life magazine editors, May 15
Celebrates the Stones’ raucous journey over 50 years. The same editors who produced a bestselling book on the Beatles look at the history of the Stones, the relationship of Jagger and Richard, the signpost of Altamont, and more. — AFP/Relaxnews