- Nov 16, 2010
The Rolling Stones’ First Trip Across the Pond
Nearly 50 years ago, a talent agent named Bob Bonis landed a gig managing the inaugural U.S. tour of a band called the Rolling Stones. He earned their trust enough to take 2,700 photographs of the band members, snapping them while watching TV, drinking fruity drinks by the pool, or cracking jokes. The result is one of the most vast and valuable archives of rock photographs ever assembled, finally available to the public as a new book: The Lost Rolling Stones Photographs: The Bob Bonis Archive, 1964-66. Charlie Watts recalls the early days.
"Almost a year and a half after I joined the Rolling Stones, we embarked on our first tour of America. We were already successful in England but America was a new and important frontier.
On June 1, 1964, just after we released our first LP in America, we flew to New York to begin a tour. When we arrived we were met by Bob Bonis. Bob took great care of us and got us wherever we had to be on time and with little or no problems. He was a great guy and shared my love of jazz. Before he was hired to manage our tour, he had an agency that handled jazz performers.
And through Bob, I was fortunate enough to be introduced to Bob Cranshaw (Sonny Rollins’s longtime bass player), which was a great honor.
Bob always seemed to have his trusted camera with him and we were happy to have him take photographs. More than 40 years after they were taken, seeing ourselves recording at Chess Studios, or rehearsing for The T.A.M.I. Show, brings back so many fond memories.
I considered Bob a friend and it was an honor to know him."
Charlie Watts foreword from The Lost Rolling Stones Photographs, by Larry Marion, It Books.
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