2 March 2012

“This is our story of fifty fantastic years. 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.”
Mick, Keith, Charlie & Ronnie

On Thursday 12 July 1962 the Rolling Stones went on stage at the Marquee Club in London’s Oxford Street. In the intervening fifty years the Stones have performed live in front of more people than any band… ever. They’ve had No.1 singles and albums in every country that has a popular music chart and have helped define popular culture. Now Thames & Hudson is delighted to announce the publication of the only official and authorized book to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary.

The book has been made possible by privileged access to superb reportage photography from the Daily Mirror’s archive, the largest newspaper collection of Rolling Stones photography, most of it hitherto unseen. The images tell their fifty-year history like it’s never been told before. This photographic
autobiography features images selected by the band accompanied by their own words. The photographers include Gered Mankowitz, Jean-Marie Périer,Dezo Hoffman, Michael Cooper, Terry O’Neill, Bent Rej and Philip Townsend – the photographer for their first ever shoot.

Some of the most rare and interesting Stones’ memorabilia has been specially photographed for this volume.

This remarkable book is the band’s thank you to their fans all over the world. Its publication on 12 July 2012 will be on the anniversary of the band’s first ever gig, and will be part of a year long celebration of the rock‘n’roll royalty that the Rolling Stones have become.

The book will be published on the 12th July 2012, priced at £29.95 and is available to pre-order from Amazon:


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The Rolling Stones: 50
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