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Hyperion to publish The Rolling Stones' official 50th anniversary gift book

by jmaloni
Fri, Mar 2nd 2012 07:00 pm

Curated by The Rolling Stones

"This is our story of fifty fantastic years. We started out as a blues band playing the clubs and more recently we've filled the largest stadiums in the world with the kind of show that none of us could have imagined all those years ago. Curated by us, it features the very best photographs and ephemera from and beyond our archives."

Mick, Keith, Charlie & Ronnie

Hyperion today announced plans to publish the only official and authorized book curated by the Rolling Stones to commemorate the band's 50th anniversary. To be published internationally with their full support, and featuring previously unseen photography and ephemera - as well as new text from the band - "The Rolling Stones: 50" by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood will be a truly groundbreaking and memorable photographic autobiography to celebrate 50 years of the one of the greatest rock 'n' roll bands in the world. The Hyperion edition of the book is scheduled for release in the U.S. and Canada this fall.

"The Rolling Stones: 50" is the official book to celebrate the Stones' 50 years since their first appearance at the Marquee Club in London's Oxford Street on Thursday, July 12, 1962. In the intervening years, the Stones have performed live in front of more people than any band in history. The band has had No. 1 singles and albums in every country with a popular music chart and have helped define popular culture.

Written and personally curated by the band members themselves, "The Rolling Stones: 50" draws on a wealth of rare and unseen material, including unique access to the extensive archive of London's Daily Mirror. In anticipation of the anniversary, the Mirror revisited its archives—the largest newspaper collection of Rolling Stones photography—to look for photographs taken of the Rolling Stones from 50 years ago to their most recent performances. The range and quality of the images so impressed the Mirror and then the Stones themselves that both parties realized they had the material for a very special book on their hands.

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