The collection Prem has amassed is a mythical one in rock photography circles. Featuring snaps of the Stones, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Bob Dylan among others, his life’s work has resulted in the tracking down of the rarest and most captivating images he could find. In order to provide access to the best images for fans, he also collaborates with photographers – representing some, managing their archives and hosting exhibitions. A true entrepreneur of photo collecting, Prem is a long time collaborator with the San Francisco Art Exchange (SFAe), and launched the world’s first rock photography show in 1997, highlighting his belief that the best photos are indeed fine art. He has worked with many great photographers, with Gered Mankowitz, Robert Freeman, Michael Joseph, Iain Macmillan, Michael Cooper, Peter Webb, Jerry Schatzberg, Dominique Tarlê, Terry O’Neill, and Pattie Boyd among them. The renowned music journalist holds a special feeling for the Rolling Stones, however. Photographs such as those from the Stones’ 1965 US tour shown at that very first exhibition along with those from “The Decca Years”, an exhibition which depicted the Rolling Stones growth from chart toppers to leaders of the counter culture movement, continue to wow fans and were procured largely because of Prem’s insistence. Take a read of Keith Richards’ best-selling autobiography Life, and you will notice that a large number of the photos are credited to ‘the Raj Prem collection’.
Musical opinions are inarguably some of the most subjective that can be made, with blanket statements about songs and bands often being difficult to convincingly uphold. There are a handful, though, that are simply impossible to disagree with. One of which is certainly that The Rolling Stones are one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time. Musically, a firm case can be made as the band has created some of the most memorable and definitive songs the world has seen. However, it may be the visual imagery of the band that really sets them apart from any other. The Rolling Stones upped the standard for how a rock band should look and act. Now, German publisher TASCHEN and editor Reuel Golden have aligned with the band itself to offer an unprecedented look into their fifty-year span in a collectible book titled appropriately, “The Rolling Stones”. And along with pictures and illustrations from the band’s personal collections, many previously unseen, acclaimed photo collector and exhibition curator, Raj Prem, is delivering a number of extraordinary prints for this must-have book.
Music opinions are without a doubt some of the most subjective that exist, so blanket statements about songs and artists are often difficult to back up convincingly. However, there are a few that are simply impossible to argue. One of those few universally held opinions is certainly that The Rolling Stones are one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time. From a musical standpoint alone, a compelling case can be made as the band has created some of the most memorable and iconic songs the genre has seen. However, it may be the visual aspect of the band that truly sets them apart from any other. The Rolling Stones set the standard for how a rock band should look and behave. Now, German publisher TASCHEN, editor Reuel Golden, and the band itself is offering an unprecedented look into their fifty-year history in a collectible book titled simply “The Rolling Stones”. And along with photos and illustrations from the band’s personal archives, many previously unseen, legendary photo collector and exhibition curator, Raj Prem, has provided a number of extraordinary prints for this definitive book.