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.
Displaying the chronicles of rock music amid 1963 and 1972, Raj Prem’s collection has been revealed in many countries and galleries globally, including the U.S., U.K., Dubai, Japan, and the Netherlands. He has critically popular exhibitions to his name such as The Decca Years, which proves the works of Philip Townsend, Michael Cooper, and Dominique Tarle during the band’s progress from chart hits to rock movement groundbreakers. Prem is very much enthralled with Bonis’ Beatles photographs to augment the many pieces he has displayed in over 95 exhibitions, underscoring the works of photographers such as Robert Freeman, David Hurn, Iain Macmillan who have respected John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr for more than forty years.
The 200 images belong to the 3,500 the hidden photos taken by Bob Bonis, U.S. tour manager of the Beatles and Rolling Stones between the years 1964 and 1966. The photographs persisted to be private through Bonis’ life and remained concealed in his cellar even after his death in 1992. It was only until five years ago that the photos were uncovered, when Bob’s son, Alex Bonis, decided to unveil 10 pictures every month over the period of two whole years. Sold through eBay’s art and figurines store, the photos are estimated starting from $175 for 11 by 14 inch prints all the way to over $625 for 20 by 24 inch prints. They are vended first-come-first-serve in place of an auction and 10% of the profits will benefit the Grammy Foundation, the Grammy Museum, and other popular charities. The Grammy Museum also offered to provide a certificate of authenticity with each limited-edition print, an act Prem trusts can develop the worth of the shots and make them more significant than their actual cost.