Book Review: The Rolling Stones: 50 (Thames and Hudson)

A HALF-CENTURY OF THE STONES. While they would probably have to battle The Beatles for the title of most influential rock band of all time, there is no question that, after 50 years, The Rolling Stones have performed live in front of more people than any band in history.

Since their first gig at the Marquee Club in London in 1962, when the Stones were still a blues band, the iconic British rockers have gone on to play the biggest stadiums in the world and define the image of rock ‘n roll in the popular consciousness. The Rolling Stones: 50 (Thames and Hudson) is a collection of the very best photographs and ephemera pulled from the band’s very own archives.

Curated, introduced and narrated by Mick Jagger, Keith Moon and their bandmates, the book features a plethora of previously unseen material including contact sheets, negative strips, outtakes and much more. You will find more than 1,100 illustrations as well as images of some of the rarest Stones memorabilia in existence. It is a definitive visual history of one of rock ‘n roll’s greatest bands and a must-have for any fan.