Rolling Stones at 50

Being a blues fan from about 12 years of age, I did find the early music of the rolling stones  particularly enjoyable.

Added to that was the stirring of a rebellious adolescent so the Stones provided another avenue for my parents to complain about. I can hear my Dad saying ‘Do you call that singing?’

Anyway, July 12 ,2012, was the anniversary of the first paid gig for the lineup of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Ian Stewart (piano), Dick Taylor (bass) and Mick Avory (drums).

They played at the Marquee club in Oxford Street London, which was then more of a jazz club.

Check out the exhibition above for some good photographs.


Memories of  their early blues background:


Brian Jones was a key figure in the early days of the Stones, bringing with him a love of jazz and blues. He was influenced by local blues master Alexis Korner, Brian impressed with his slide guitar playing.


Later the Stones  went on to build their own style and even left Brian behind in 1969 (death by misadventure later that same year)


While they lived and created in Southern France, in the early 70’s, the French photographer Dominique Tarlé stayed with them to capture many classic pics  of the band , their wandering minstrels and hangers on.

And Dominique talking about the photographs:
and Walking the Dog – with Brian on whistle:
and Little Red Rooster (1964)
Just to illustrate the Stones’ longevity, here is a videography (courtesy of Wikipedia)

Official videography

Officially released films featuring are listed with their original release dates. (The formats mentioned are the most recent versions officially available, not necessarily the original release formats.)

~ by Ray Harris on July 19, 2012.

One Response to “Rolling Stones at 50”

  1. Nice selection of photos – I particularly like Tarle’s – shame they aren’t at the exhibition…

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