The Rolling Stones announced a new photo book, The Rolling Stones: 50
, to celebrate their 50th year in show business. It will hit the stores July 12, the date of their first gig in 1962 at the Marquee Club on Oxford Street in London. Many of the photos are from the Daily Mirror
"This is our story of fifty fantastic years," said the band in a statement. "We started out as a blues band playing the clubs and more recently we’ve filled the largest stadiums in the world with the kind of show that none of us could have imagined all those years ago. Curated by us, it features the very best photographs and ephemera from and beyond our archives."
The book will have a lot of unseen photos from Keith's early days when an Epiphone Casino
was his main stage and studio axe.
For the last few years, Keith Richards' battle with arthritis has been a nagging and unanswered question for concerned fans. Recent stage appearances have seen him laying low on guitar but his touch on slide in this clip from the recent Hubert Sumlin tribute show (that also featured some killer guitar by Gary Clark, Jr.
) shows that Keith's timing and sense of humor are still strong. Richards has recently been working with drummer Steve Jordan on new solo material and rehearsals with the Stones in London last December went without a hitch. It would not surprise us if the Stones leave the stage as they came in, playing the blues.