Raw Gallery in South Melbourne has just launched its latest photographic exhibition dedicated to the (still) Rolling Stones. Celebrating 50 years in 2012 (with rumours of a world tour abounding) the band continues to maintain their reputation as one of the world’s greatest rock bands and larger than life personalities. Raw Gallery’s collection spans the width and breadth of the band’s career including archival material, never before seen images of live shots from infamous tours such as the band’s first US Tour in ’64, psychedelic LP covers and official portraits.

The exhibition also has the honour of presenting photographs not yet publicly available and Melbourne will be their first international showing. Such photos include those by the renowned British photographer Terry O’Neill from the as yet unsigned band’s first-ever shoot – way back in the day in ‘63. If this doesn’t take you back, the transcendental images of Michael Cooper’s ’67 cover for ‘Satanic Majesties Request’ will, as will Michael Joseph’s ornate medieval group portraits taken for the Stone’s ‘Beggars Banquet’ LP in ’68. Some of the collection has been hidden in storage for over 40 years.

The works are available to purchase so check it out, reminisce and maybe get yourself a collector’s item from one of the world’s greatest, and yes still living, rock band.


This article first appeared in (small)LUST.

07 July 2011
The Raw Gallery
11 Yarra Place South Melbourne 3205 VIC 9690 5182
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