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Jagger photos to go on display

Published 26/08/2010 | 17:11

Early photos of the Rolling Stones are going on display
Early photos of the Rolling Stones are going on display

Pictures from the Rolling Stone's first photoshoot are going on public view.

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Philip Townsend captured the band, on London's Belgrave Square in 1963, before they were famous, in photographs that have never been displayed before.

The British photographer has described how frontman Mick Jagger was broke and hungry and seeking his first record contract at the time, saying: "Mick said 'I'm really hungry, mate. Go buy us a chicken'."

He said he bought the band "two chickens" from a barbecue place and added: "They had no money at all - they were getting £15 a gig. We headed off to Belgrave Square where I saw this house on a side street with graffiti all over it. Andrew Oldham (their manager) had told them they had to look mean and nasty,.

More than 60 of Townsend's images will be on display at The Lowry in Salford Quays from September 18.

The collection features some of the biggest names of the 1960s, from Grace Kelly to Twiggy, and the Beatles to Winston Churchill.

Townsend is well known for including backgrounds and landscapes in his photos from the era, while other photographers took closely-cropped portraits.

His photographic career exactly spanned the decade, as he took his first serious pictures in 1960 and put his camera away in 1970.

The collection, called Mister Sixties: Philip Townsend's Portraits Of A Decade, will be on show until January.

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