Rolling Stones Celebrate 50 Years of RockWhen the Rolling Stones first got together 50 years ago, one of Keith Richards' first professional guitars was an Epiphone Casino which you can hear on the Stones' early records including their first hit single, the Buddy Holly classic "Not Fade Away," which may be the best Holly cover out there.

This summer, the orignal bad boys of rock and roll will release Rolling Stones 50, a collection of live photographs, studio shots, and other eye candy drawn from the Stones' extensive archives. The book will kick off a long birthday celebration for Mick, Keith, Ron, and Charlie that's expected to extend into 2013.  Original bassist Bill Wyman and guitarist Mick Taylor (who played with the Stones from 1969-1975) are rumored to have jammed with the quartet in London over Christmas. More suprises will be announced later this year.

It's hard to think of the world's greatest rock and roll band as nearing their end but at least they'll be going out with a bang.  And Epiphone is glad to have been along for the ride. Rave on.