Musical opinions are without a doubt some of the most subjective that can be made, so personal statements about songs and bands are often difficult to convincingly maintain. However, there are a handful that are simply impossible to argue with. One of which is certainly that The Rolling Stones are one of the greatest rock and roll bands in history. Musically, a compelling case can be made as the band has created many of the most memorable and definitive songs the genre has seen. However, it may be public image of the band that really sets them apart from the competition. The Rolling Stones created the standard for how a rock band should look and present themselves, and now, German publisher TASCHEN and editor Reuel Golden have teamed with the band itself to offer an unprecedented look into their fifty-year history in a collectible book named aptly “The Rolling Stones”. And along with pictures and illustrations from the member’s personal stash, many previously unseen, acclaimed photo collector and exhibition curator, Raj Prem, has supplied a number of extraordinary prints for this must-have book.
Month: December 2018
The show portrays a rare collection of group and single portraits in both black and white and color, taken against the selected scene made by Webb at his North London Studio. One such example is the “Stones Rollin’,” which was a introduction to Peter Webb’s well-known ‘Falling Stones’ photo. The photo was labeled as one of the top 100 Rock and Roll photos of all time by Q Magazine and will be on the front cover of the book with the same name — a special volume that comprises the same photographs shown in the exhibition. Another example is “The Big Yawn,” a photo in which Mick’s huge mouth is wide open, while Bill Wyman itches his nose. Thanks to the focused efforts of Raj Prem, SFAE is a specialised outlet for Peter Webb’s work in the US.