Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Lost Rolling Stones Photographs (1964-1966)

Bob Bonis may have been the luckiest person in the world. From 1964 through 1966, he had the great fortune to serve as the U.S. Tour Manager for both The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, beginning with their first tours of America. For The Beatles, that included all three of their U.S. tours, and it covered the Stones’ first five US tours. This followed a career of being a talent agent, booking agent and manager of numerous important jazz artists.

In addition to being a great tour manager, Bonis was also a photographer of extraordinary talent. Although he didn’t earn his living as a photographer, his skill was on par with the greats. He brought his camera, a Leica M3, on the tours and captured historic and iconic images of what would become two of the most important bands in the history of rock and roll, and they were taken at the most important time of their career: coming to and winning over America and heralding the British Invasion.

These unseen photos were taken by Bob Bonis, the tour manager for The Rolling Stones' U.S. tours between 1964 and 1966. While on the road with the Stones, Bonis snapped some 2,700 photographs of the band, which have been collected in a book by author Larry Marion, The Lost Rolling Stones Photographs.

Fans rush stage at the end of the Stones' performance at the Ratcliffe Stadium in Fresno, California, May 22, 1965.

Mick sits on the diving board at the Manger Town and Country Motor Lodge pool in Savannah, Georgia, May 1965.

Brian and Keith by the pool at the Fort Harrison Hotel in Clearwater, Florida, May 7, 1965.

Brian Jones and Keith Richards clowning around on location with photographer Guy Webster shooting the cover for the LP “Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass).”

Keith Richards and Bill Wyman go bowling while on tour in 1965.

Charlie Watts and Brian Jones backstage.

Keith Richards and Mick Jagger in their hotel room while on their 1964 American tour.

Mick Jagger and Brian Jones (with his epic Vox Teardrop guitar) on stage in Fresno, California on May 22, 1965.

Keith Richards on stage with Brian Jones’ Gibson Firebird in Fresno, California on May 22, 1965.

Reflections in the mirror of Keith Richards playing his Gibson Hummingbird and Brian Jones reading a British music paper backstage in the dressing room at the Ed Sullivan Show, September, 1966.

Mick Jagger with a fan bactage in Santa Monica, California, October 29, 1964.

James Brown speaks with Mick Jagger backstage at the T.A.M.I. Show, 1964.

Mick and Keith fool around on a photo shoot in Hollywood, 1965.

Mick Jagger reclining on a day bed in a hotel room watching the rebroadcast of The Rolling Stones appearance on The Red Skelton Show on November 10th, 1964.

Keith Richards with arranger, producer, keyboard player, Jack Nitzsche at RCA Studios in Hollywood, California.

from the vantage point of the side of the stage. Brian Jones and Bill Wyman can be seen in the background and a line of police on the other side of the stage, Berlin, 1965.

The Rolling Stones with their manager and producer, Andrew Loog Oldham, Hollywood, 1965.

The Stones during a photo shoot in prop facility in Hollywood, 1965.

At the Manger Town & Country Motor Lodge, Georgia, May 1965.

The Stones amuse themselves while the chauffeur fixes the hired vehicle that broke down on the way to a gig.

(Photographs by Bob Bonis © Not Fade Away Gallery, via Rolling Stone)

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