Gered Mankowitz top 12 favourite photos from his legendary career as rock photographer : number 3

3. Rolling Stones – Between The Buttons session:

For number 4 in Gered’s top 12 photos please go here

 

Gered : ‘The peak of my period with the band…’

LTW : Another classic Rolling Stones shot which Gered shot on Primrose Hill in November 1966. The band look suitably knackered having been dragged there at 5.30 in the morning after an all night recording session at Olympic Studios. The photo shows the band defying time, defying the 9 to 5 and escaping all the normal conventions. The Stones always had a haggard quality about them and the murky early morning autumn mist was exaggerated by Gererd Using a home-made camera filter constructed of black card, glass and vaseline,  “to capture the ethereal, druggy feel of the time; that feeling at the end of the night when dawn was breaking and they’d been up all night making music, stoned.” Brian Jones particularily knackered appearance worried many fans at the time but his disheveled look and deliberate fucking up the shot only added to his doomed romantic myth in this classic shot of sixties bring the candle at both ends rock n roll.

 

 

 

 

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.

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