Danish photographer Bent Rej found himself in the “right place at the right time” and a relationship with the Stones was born.
The Rolling Stones book: “50” has been made possible by privileged access to superb reportage photography from the Daily Mirror’s archive most of it are unseen.
Rej’s personality and striking work instantly resulted in him becoming close to the band and, more specifically, Brian Jones who he became close friends with during the tour. Having initially being tasked with a job by Ekstra Bladet, Rej quickly became part of the Stones’ entourage and is widely credited as being the person who introduced model Anita Pallenberg—who became the lover of both Brian Jones and Keith Richards—to the band. (Faroutmagazine)
Rej once wrote of his experience capturing the band in their home: “After Brian had stayed with me in Copenhagen, I went to stay at Brian’s rented house, 14 Elm Park Mews (actually a mews house in Elm Park Lane) in Chelsea, when he had moved into in March 1965.”
He added: “I stayed in Brian’s home on all my visits to London over the next year. I had my own key, my own room and bathroom, and came and went as pleased. As often as not there were fans outside in the street but not on this particular occasion.”
This photographic autobiography features images selected by the band accompanied by their own words. The photographers include Gered Mankowitz, Jean-Marie Périer,Dezo Hoffman, Michael Cooper, Terry O’Neill, Bent Rej and Philip Townsend – the photographer for their first ever shoot. Some of the most rare and interesting Stones’ memorabilia has been specially photographed for this volume.
This remarkable book is the band’s thank you to their fans all over the world.
Bands can be strange, personal, fragile, temperamental and territorial things, more intense than marriages. Whatever brings you together when you’re 15 or 16 is not the same thing that holds you together when you’re 20 or 25. Or 30 or 40 or 50 or 60.
There’s hard work and then there’s chance — as in roulette, you need a healthy dose of pure luck to win. “Mick Jagger,” Philip Norman’s new biography, captures this part of it beautifully. “As 18-year-olds, waiting among the diurnal wage slaves at Dartford Station, they could have not looked more different.
Mike” — he wasn’t Mick yet — “was a typical middle-class student with his beige wool cardigan and black-, purple- and yellow-striped L.S.E. scarf. Keith, though also technically a student, did his utmost not to resemble one with his faded blue denim jeans and jerkin and lilac-colored shirt.”
The catch here, like a lucky spin at roulette, is that Jagger was carrying two albums he had just received from Chess Records in Chicago: “The Best of Muddy Waters” and “Rockin’ at the Hops,” by Chuck Berry. “The upshot,” Norman writes, “was that when their train pulled in, they decided to travel together.” They most certainly did. (full article here at The N.Y. Times)
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