Wednesday 24 January 2018

Stones have it licked with book celebrating 50 years

Images from 'The Rolling Stones: 50', including Keith Richards sitting in a pram
The band in London in 1969

John Spain

One of Dublin's most iconic rock pubs last night became the first place in the world to launch a book by the Rolling Stones to celebrate half a century of the greatest rock 'n' roll group.

The Stones made their first appearance at the Marquee Club in London's Oxford Street on July 12, 1962.

At midnight last night, exactly 50 years later, their new book -- 'The Rolling Stones: 50' -- was launched during a Stones-themed party night in the Thomas House pub on Thomas Street in Dublin.

The operator of the bar, Kevin O'Kelly, said that the art publishers Thames & Hudson and the Stones wanted somewhere authentic to launch the book.

"We're probably the original dive bar in Dublin, with a long history in rock, so they wanted to do it here," he said.

The 350-page book, put together by the band, draws on a wealth of rare material, much of it never seen before.

As well as the superb photography, the book recounts the band's 50-year history.

Drummer Charlie Watts, an art school graduate, oversaw the design of the book, which includes more than 700 photographs.

The pictures include a shot of an unperturbed Keith Richards sitting in a pram and smoking a cigarette outside his house in Sussex after a fire in 1973.

And there is a shot of them looking like hippie flower children in Hyde Park in London in 1969.

Although no member of the band was in Dublin for the event last night, the music went on all night.

And a few boxes of official Rolling Stones wine from their vineyards in France was available to the older Honky Tonk Women and Street Fighting Men who are now mature enough to appreciate a fine red.

'The Rolling Stones: 50' is published by Thames & Hudson at £29.95.

Irish Independent

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