Hyperion has published the only official and authorized book curated by the Rolling Stones to commemorate the band’s 50th anniversary. Featuring previously unseen photography and ephemera—as well as new text from the band—The Rolling Stones: 50 ($60) by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood is a groundbreaking and memorable photographic autobiography to celebrate fifty years of the greatest rock ’n’ roll band in the world.
The Rolling Stones: 50 is the official book to celebrate the Stones’ fifty years since their first appearance at the Marquee Club in London’s Oxford Street on Thursday, July 12, 1962. In the intervening years the Stones have performed live in front of more people than any band in history. They’ve had #1 singles and albums in every country with a popular music chart and have helped define popular culture.
Written and personally curated by the band members themselves, The Rolling Stones: 50 draws on a wealth of rare and unseen material including unique access to the extensive archive of London’s Daily Mirror. In anticipation of the anniversary, the Mirror revisited its archives—the largest newspaper collection of Rolling Stones photography—to look for photographs taken of the Rolling Stones from fifty years ago to their most recent performances. The range and quality of the images so impressed the Mirror and then the Stones themselves that both parties realized they had the material for a very special book on their hands. Much of the never-before-seen material includes commissioned photography from legendary photographers of the band, originally collected ephemera, and some of the rarest items of memorabilia in the world. As well as the superb photography, the book recounts the band’s fifty-year history in a way that’s never been done before, telling their legendary story through their own words accompanied by images specially selected by the band. In addition, Charlie Watts, an art school graduate, has overseen the design.
The book’s cover is a collaboration between the art directors Stephen Kennedy and Jimmy Tilley at Studio Fury and image-maker Ian Wright. The 352 page lavish hardcover is now on sale.