The Rolling Stones 50 by The Rolling Stones

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On Thursday July 12, 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 played the smallest blues clubs and some of the biggest stadium tours of all time. They've had No.1 singles and albums in every country that has a popular music chart and have helped define global popular culture. A phenomenal half-century later, they now look back at their astounding career. Curated, introduced and narrated by the band themselves, The Rolling Stones 50 is the only officially authorized book to celebrate this milestone. With privileged access to a wealth of unseen and rare material, it is packed with superb reportage photography, contact sheets, negative strips, outtakes and so much more, from every period in the band's history.

With more than 1,000 illustrations, it also features some of the most rare and interesting Stones memorabilia in existence: international posters, draft record cover art, bubblegum cards, jigsaws and other previously unpublished treasures specially photographed for this volume.

Additional contributions by photography legends Gered Mankowitz, Jean-Marie Périer, Dezo Hoffmann, Michael Cooper, Terry O'Neill, Bent Rej, Philip Townsend and many others make this the definitive book to celebrate fifty years of the Rolling Stones.

From Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie -- here is one spectacular thank you to their fans all over the world.

Featuring photography from the Daily Mirror's Mirrorpix archive.
 

About The Rolling Stones

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The Rolling Stones are iconic, widely considered the greatest rock & roll band in history. As the most visible band of their era, their tours have consistently broken box office records, making them the one of the highest grossing acts of all time. They hold rock's longevity record: At 50 years after their first performance, with a few hiatuses but no break ups, they've been around longer than any other rock band. Even after half a decade they have a reputation for putting on raucous, hip-shaking, live shows. With 55 albums of original work and over 200 million records sold, they're easily one of the biggest bands in the world. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 and have received lifetime achievement awards from the Grammys and MTV.
 
Published January 31, 2012 by Hyperion. 352 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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As histories go, the book takes a distant back seat to such essential books as Richards’ bestselling Life (2010) and Stanley Booth’s still-revelatory work of fly-on-the-wall reporting, The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones (1985).

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The New York Times

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A coffee-table book filled with photos and memorabilia from the career of the Stones, and Philip Norman’s new biography of Mick Jagger.

Nov 30 2012 | Read Full Review of The Rolling Stones 50

The New York Times

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A coffee-table book filled with photos and memorabilia from the career of the Stones, and Philip Norman’s new biography of Mick Jagger.

Nov 30 2012 | Read Full Review of The Rolling Stones 50

Examiner

In fact, the retrospective is a terrific gateway keepsake for casual Stones fans because it focuses as much on the lesser-known musicians who used to be—or would have been—Rolling Stones as it does the familiar faces of Jagger, Richards, Watt, Wyman, and Wood.

Jan 09 2013 | Read Full Review of The Rolling Stones 50

North Jersey

The world's biggest upper lip disgorged the world's longest-running major rock act Saturday, as the Rolling Stones took the stage -- and what a stage.

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