The Rolling Stones: In the Beginning

Paperback | February 3, 2012

byBent Rej

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Praise for the hardcover edition:

"Captures the frenzy of the band's live performances and the lightheartedness behind the scenes . . . a real sense of their personalities."
-- Library Journal

"In this arresting book . . . are pictures that reveal the Stones on the cusp of greatness, scruffy legends in the making."
-- Movie Entertainment

The Rolling Stones: In the Beginning is the fascinating behind-the-scenes story of the band and the private lives of its members from the very beginning. Bent Rej, a photojournalist and close friend of the Rolling Stones, had unprecedented access to the band when they made their first European tour, staying with them in hotels and in their homes.

The book is organized chronologically with chapters devoted to each band member, including Brian Jones, and covers the important periods in the band's early career. These photographs give rare insights into the Rolling Stones just before their star rose and their lives spun out of control on a wave of fame, drugs and failed marriages. Photographs range from candid and intimate to staged shots, each revealing the complex personalities of the band members.

This book provides remarkable insights for any fan of the Rolling Stones.

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Praise for the hardcover edition: "Captures the frenzy of the band's live performances and the lightheartedness behind the scenes . . . a real sense of their personalities." -- Library Journal "In this arresting book . . . are pictures that reveal the Stones on the cusp of greatness, scruffy legends in the making." -- Movie E...

Bent Rej was born in Denmark and started working as a photographer for one of Denmark's leading newspapers in the early 1960s. Since then he has become a world-renowned fashion, advertising and floral photographer. He has contributed to several books. by Bent Rej ; Foreword by Bill Wyman
Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.75 × 8 × 0.68 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:Firefly BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1554077524

ISBN - 13:9781554077526

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In 1965, the Rolling Stones released their album Out of Our Heads, which included their hit "Satisfaction." During that time--between spring of 1965 and summer of 1966--when the band had just gained worldwide attention, Danish photographer Rej was on the scene and granted unprecedented access to the band members as no other future photographer would be. In this book, Rej collects the shots he took of the very young, very hot band just as, Bill Wyman writes in his introduction, they "were able to buy good houses, great cars, and as Keith [Richards] said at the time, we were able to eat in places that our fans couldn't afford to." The book is filled with candid and staged photos--both color and black and white--of the band members with all the awkwardness of musicians in their early 20s who are "beginning to appreciate how very big we could become." The captions accompanying the photos--some by Rej, others by the band members--are alternately insightful and mundane. But they, along with the photos, warmly capture the band at this critical moment in their lives.