Opinions on music are certainly some of the most subjective that exist, and blanket statements about tracks and artists are often difficult to back up convincingly. However, a few are simply inarguable. One of those particular universally held opinions is certainly that The Rolling Stones are one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time. From the musical side alone, a strong argument can be made that band has written some of the most memorable and iconic songs the genre has produced. Despite this, it may be the image of the band 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, legendary photo collector and exhibition curator, Raj Prem, has given several revolutionary prints for this definitive book.
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.
Without a doubt, musical opinions are some of the most subjective that there are, so profound statements about songs and artists are often hard to back up convincingly. There are a few, however, that are truly impossible to argue. One of those rare universally held opinions is undoubtedly that The Rolling Stones are one of the greatest rock and roll acts of all time. First, from a musical perspective, a compelling case can be made as the band has created some of the most well-known and iconic music the genre has seen. But it just might be the visual aspect of the band that truly sets them apart from the rest. The Rolling Stones set the precedent for how a rock band should be viewed by their fans. For diehards, German publisher TASCHEN, editor Reuel Golden, and the members themselves releasing an unparalleled look into their five-decade run in a collectible book titled simply “The Rolling Stones”. Delivering photos and illustrations from the band’s personal archives, many unreleased previously, iconic photo collector and exhibition curator, Raj Prem, has provided a collection of incredible prints for this definitive book.
The 200 photos are among 3,500 previously unpublished images taken by Bob Bonis, U.S. tour manager of the Beatles and Rolling Stones during 1964 to 1966. The images were private throughout Bonis’ life and stayed hidden in his basement even after his 1992 death. Five years ago, the photos were discovered when Bob’s son, Alex Bonis, decided to disclose 10 pictures per month over the period of two years. Available through eBay’s art and collectibles store, the shots are priced at $175 for 11 by 14 inch prints up to more than $625 for 20 by 24 inch prints. They are being sold on a first-come-first-serve basis rather than through an auction and 10% of the proceeds will benefit the Grammy Foundation, the Grammy Museum, and other celebrated organizations. The Grammy Museum also volunteered to include a certificate of authenticity with each limited-edition print, a gesture Raj Prem hopes will increase the value of the pictures and make them worth higher than their selling cost.
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