Friday 26 May 2017

Lean, hungry and nasty Stones' unseen first shoot

The Rolling Stones in the early 1960s
The Rolling Stones in the early 1960s
The Stones in Belgrave Square, London, after they had been told by their manager, Andrew Oldham, to 'look nasty'
Mick Jagger
Beatles' George Harrison and John Lennon, with Marianne Faithful
Model Twiggy

Charlotte McCathie

PREVIOUSLY unseen photographs of the Rolling Stones before they were famous go on display for the first time next month.

British photographer Philip Townsend captured the band's first photoshoot, on London's Belgrave Square, in 1963.

Frontman Mick Jagger was broke and hungry and seeking his first recording contract at the time, said Townsend.

"Mick said, 'I'm really hungry, mate. Go buy us a chicken.' So we got Bill and Brian and went up King's Road, where there was a little barbeque place, and got them two chickens. "They had no money at all -- they were getting £15 a gig. 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, Manchester, from September 18.

The collection features the biggest names of the 1960s, from Grace Kelly to Twiggy and the Beatles to Churchill. The collection, called 'Mister Sixties: Philip Townsend's Portraits Of A Decade', will be on show until January.

Irish Independent

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