The Rolling Stones, ‘Beggars Banquet, Mick & Chick’

£2,400.00

By Michael Joseph
London, U.K., 1968
Digital archival print hand signed by the photographer
Limited Edition of 30
Paper size 20h x 16w inches

‘I give the Stones about two years’ Mick Jagger, aged 20, speaking to an interviewer in 1964.

Michael Joseph’s ethereal photos of the legendary were taken on location in 1968, at a Gothic studio in Hampstead and at the derelict ruins of Swarkestone in Derbyshire. The photos have an eccentric style, using costumes and live animals throughout as props. Atmospheric shots outside a manner house contrast with elaborately staged portraits, with the depiction of a medieval feast at the heart of the exhibition.

At the time the Rolling Stones were in the midst of recording Beggars Banquet’s opening and perhaps most famous track, Sympathy for the Devil. The recording sessions – which are documented in Jean-Luc Goddard’s film -One Plus One- had begun three days earlier at Olympic Sound Studios in Barnes, South West London, and would continue for three days after the photographic shoot. It is fascinating to see the Rolling Stones so relaxed, at play, in many ways in celebratory mood at the tipping point of the tracks and album that became their ‘coming of age’. But there is also a poignancy – perhaps an element of the last summer of youth – compound by the fact that less that a year after the shots were taken Brian Jones had died. That said the photographs are both of the their time, but equally stand out of their times with a transportive quality that immerses one. Guy Sangster-Adams for The London Magazine 2017

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