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- Mar 05, 2009

UNDER KEEF'S THUMB


The British Are Coming: The Beatles and the Rolling Stones 1964-66, the inaugural exhibit at Not Fade Away Gallery in New York, manages - against long odds, and after a barrage of advance press - a fresh take on a cliched subject. By focusing on the bands' formative years, the show steers clear of any "Monsters of Classic Rock" hagiography, offering instead a privileged glimpse of the two bands before they became accustomed and inured to being looked at. The images, shot by former U.S. road manager and amateur shutterbug Bob Bonis and never exhibited before, show, among other things, Mick Jagger reclining on a couch watching himself on The Red Skelton Show and a 25-year-old John Lennon hanging out in a locker room before a Philly-area stadium show. It's not only paparazzi and groupies that are noticeably absent from these day-in-a-life scenes. Among other things, it's Charlie Watts' common sense in allowing Keith Richards to play barber.

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