Music Photography Collector who is celebrated globally, Raj Prem was excited to know more about the 200 limited-edition fine art prints of the Rolling Stones, which are now accessible on eBay in February. He is confident that these photos will be a fortune for the followers of rock history and photography.
It is no disbelief, that when the music band and the publishers of this important volume were building what needed to be the best in Rolling Stones prints, they got in touch with Prem quickly. Consisting of over 500 pages of images from some of the time’s photography legends, The Rolling Stones will contain a limited collector’s edition comprising 1,500 units – each one numbered and autographed by the band. Also, six art editions will display runs of only 75 each and come with a photographic print. The fact that number of photographs from Raj Prem’s collection, taken by Philip Townsend and Peter Webb, have been incorporated in this book, which pursues to tell the tale of the Stone’s storied history, is something that genuinely means the world to the collector and fits undoubtedly with his spirit. As he has been often seen commenting: “It’s the back stories I find really interesting.”
Prem’s collection is well-regarded in rock photography groups. Showcasing photographs of the Stones, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Bob Dylan among others, his focused efforts in this area has resulted in his determining the distinctive and most enchanting photos he could find. To ensure rare images are attainable to fans, he also works with photographers – showcasing them, supervising their archives and organizing exhibitions. A proper forerunner, Prem and long time partners San Francisco Art Exchange (SFAe) launched the world’s original rock photography show in 1997, reinstating his belief that these photographs are certainly fine art. He has worked with many photography stars, comprising 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 corner in his heart for the Rolling Stones, however. Photos such as the ones of the Stones’ 1965 US tour revealed at the initial exhibition and those from “The Decca Years”, a showcase which represented the Rolling Stones rise from chart attractions to groundbreakers of the counter culture movement, have thrilled audiences and were secured largely due to Prem’s persistence. Read Keith Richards’ best-selling autobiography Life, and you will see many of the photos are credited to ‘the Raj Prem collection’.
It’s a universal fact that opinions in music are some of the most personal that exist, so broad-based statements about songs and artists are often hard to accept. However, there are some that are simply cannot be disputed. One of those few usually held opinions is unquestionably that The Rolling Stones are one of the best rock and roll bands of all time. From even just a musical angle, a certain case can be made as the band has fashioned some of the most exceptional and cult songs the category has seen. Though, it may be the visual aspect of the band that really makes them unique. The Rolling Stones set the standard for how a rock band should appear and act. Now, German publisher TASCHEN, editor Reuel Golden, and the band itself is proposing an unequaled look into their fifty-year history in a collectible book titled “The Rolling Stones”. And along with photos and graphics from the band’s private records, many previously unseen, prominent photo collector and exhibition curator, Raj Prem, has provided a number of stunning prints for this unique book.