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Wonderful Gered Mankowitz Photos of The Rolling Stones

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Gered Mankowitz: When I went to America with the Rolling Stones, it was just the five of them, me and the roadie, there was nobody else. We were just a group of young men, no entourage, no security, no press, no publicist, no stylist, no make-up, no road crew, no lights, no set: nothing.

Rolling Stones Gered Mankowitz

Mick Jagger on the roof of Harley House London 1966

Mankowitz was once asked if he thought that his work influenced the image of the Rolling Stones:

I think I contributed a lot when I did the cover of the album Between the Buttons. My contribution in the earlier sessions was based more on an honesty, a desire to communicate something about the Stones as people and not try and mask their personalities with any sort of technical or theatrical embellishments. I think that that’s why (their manager) Andrew (Loog Oldham) liked the pictures and why the band were happy to work with me for such a long period of time, because I photographed them as they were. And then when it came to Between the Buttons, I felt confident enough as a photographer and in my relationship with them to actually make a contribution.

Rolling Stones Gered Mankowitz

The Rolling Stones Caged Ormond Yard London 1965

Rolling Stones Gered Mankowitz

The Rolling Stones Primrose Hill London 1966

Rolling Stones Gered Mankowitz

The Rolling Stones on Primrose Hill London 1966

Rolling Stones Gered Mankowitz

The Rolling Stones on stage in the USA 1965

 

Rolling Stones Gered Mankowitz

Brian Jones, Keith Richards & Charlie Watts backstage London Palladium 1967

 

Rolling Stones Gered Mankowitz

Charlie Watts recording Satanic Majesties at Olympic Studios London 1967

Rolling Stones Gered Mankowitz

Mick Jagger RCA Studios Hollyood USA December 1965

Rolling Stones Gered Mankowitz

Mick Jagger and Aston Martin DB6, London 1966

Rolling Stones Gered Mankowitz

Keith Richards and Mick Jagger with Nona Hendrix backstage USA 196

Rolling Stones Gered Mankowitz

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards backstage USA 1965

Rolling Stones Gered Mankowitz

Keith Richards RCA Studios Hollywood 1965

Rolling Stones Gered Mankowitz

Keith at Home

Rolling Stones Gered Mankowitz

Keith outside his house Redlands in West Sussex with his beloved Bentley he called Blue Lena after Lena Horne.

Rolling Stones Gered Mankowitz

Bill Wyman recording the Satanic Majesties album at Olympic Studios London 1967

Poker with Patti Labelle and The Bluebells, sharing toffee apples with Bo Diddley, tuning up in locker rooms full of jockstraps and cuddly toys, Mick trying on discarded giant tracksuits. Backstage: The Rolling Stones by Gered Mankowitz, is a fascinating, unguarded photo-essay of these defining days, presented as an ultra-large format signed hardback limited edition.

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  • Lee Shafer

    as great as jagger usually looked-someone needs to publish a book of that weird year when he had the worst haircut ever! 1967 i think-the short on top buzzy thing