The Rolling Stones announce 50th anniversary book with photographs

By Daniel S Levine,
The book will be made up of 700 photos of the legendary group

It’s been almost 50 years since the legendary Rolling Stones performed their first show in London in 1962. To celebrate, the group plans on releasing a book of photographs this summer entitled Rolling Stones at Fifty

The band behind such classic songs as “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and “Start Me Up” will release the book on June 12 in the UK, exactly 50 years after they first performed at the Marquee Club in London, reports Reuters. The book will feature about 700 photographs, with 300 in color. The Stones picked many of the photos out of the UK’s Daily Mirror tabloid photo archives since the publication has one of the largest collections of photos of the group in the world.

The band’s members, drummer Charlie Watts, vocalist Mick Jagger, guitarist Keith Richards and bassist Ronnie Wood, released a joint statement Friday to announce the book, according to CBS News. “This is our story of 50 fantastic years...Curated by us, it features the very best photographs and ephemera from and beyond our archives,” the group said in the statement.

So far, the book is the only announced part of a 50th anniversary celebration for the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. Some of the members have mentioned that they would be interested in touring, but there are rumors that Richards’ 2010 autobiography, Life, may have caused a new rift in the band. The book puts Jagger in an unflattering light, which may have strained the relationship between the two, who co-wrote many of their hits.

The UK edition will have 352 pages of photos and text and will retail for 29.95 pounds ($48).

According to The New York Times, Hyperion will release the book in the US and Canada in the fall. “An anniversary such as this calls for an amazing book. Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie have been hard at work — approaching the book’s content from every conceivable angle — to make it so,” Ellen Archer, president and publisher of Hyperion said in a statement.

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