Visual History Of Rolling Stones To Include Many Shots From Raj Prem’s Collection

Prem’s collection is a mythical one in rock photography circles. Featuring snaps of the Stones, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Bob Dylan among others, his passion has resulted in his tracking down the rarest and most captivating photos he could find. In order to make sure the best images are accessible to fans, he also collaborates with photographers – representing them, managing their archives and organizing exhibitions. A true pioneer, Prem and long time collaborators San Francisco Art Exchange (SFAe) launched the world’s first rock photography show in 1997, highlighting his belief that these photos are indeed fine art. He has worked with many photography greats, including Gered Mankowitz, Robert Freeman, Michael Joseph, Iain Macmillan, Michael Cooper, Peter Webb, Jerry Schatzberg, Dominique Tarlê, Terry O’Neill, and Pattie Boyd. The former music journalist holds a special place in his heart for the Rolling Stones, however. Photographs such as the ones of the Stones’ 1965 US tour shown at that very first exhibition and those from “The Decca Years”, an exhibition which depicted the Rolling Stones rise from chart attractions to leaders of the counter culture movement, have wowed audiences and were procured largely due to Prem’s dedication. Take a read of Keith Richards’ best-selling autobiography Life, and you will notice that many of the photos are credited to ‘the Raj Prem collection’.
 
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Raj Prem Helping Rolling Stones Complete Documentary Photobook

Musical tastes are certainly some of the most subjective opinions that exist, and blanket statements about tracks and artists are often difficult to back up. However, a few are simply inarguable. One of those special universally held opinions is certainly that The Rolling Stones are among the greatest rock and roll bands of all time. On the musical side alone, a strong argument can be made that band has written some of the most memorable and iconic songs rock music has produced. Despite this, it may be the band’s reputation that truly sets them apart from any others. The Rolling Stones set the standard for ways that rock bands should present themselves. Now, from German publisher TASCHEN, editor Reuel Golden, and the band members’ personal archives, comes an unprecedented look into their fifty-year history in a collectible book simply titled “The Rolling Stones”. Along with a number of previously unseen images, top photo collector and exhibition curator, Raj Prem, has given several definitive prints for this one-of-a-kind book.

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Raj Prem’s Collection Highlighted In Original Roling Stones Photography Book

As the band and the publishers of this definitive volume were collecting what must be the ultimate in Rolling Stones shots, it is no surprise they quickly thought of Raj Prem. Including over 500 pages of photos from many of the era’s most renowned photographers, The Rolling Stones will include of a limited collector’s edition run of only 1,500 units – each numbered and signed by the band. Furthermore, six art editions will include runs of merely 75 in each and include one photographic print. The large number of photos from Raj Prem’s assemblage, taken by Philip Townsend and Peter Webb, included in this book, seeking to tell the tale of the Stone’s incredible history, is a true honor to the collector and fits perfectly with his motto, as he has been quoted saying: “It’s the back stories I find really interesting.”

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Raj Prem Delighted To Contribute Photos To Rolling Stones Photobook

It is no surprise, then, that as the band and the publishers of this definitive volume were collecting what must be the ultimate in Rolling Stones shots, they quickly thought of Prem. Including over 500 pages of images from many of the time’s most renowned photographers, The Rolling Stones will include of a limited collector’s edition run of only 1,500 units – each numbered and signed by the band. Furthermore, six art editions will feature runs of merely 75 each and include a photographic print. The large number of photos from Raj Prem’s collection, taken by Philip Townsend and Peter Webb, included in this book, seeking to tell the tale of the Stone’s storied history, is a true honor to the collector and fits perfectly with his ethos, as he has been quoted saying: “It’s the back stories I find really interesting.”

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