The Early Stones: Legendary Photographs of a Band in the Making 1963-1973 Paperback – 1 Jul 1993
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Cooper documented the Stones at a time when their bad-boy image could be enhanced by a single shot of Keith and Brian flipping off a picture of Richard Nixon, which says more about the "generation gap" than a thousand words ever can. This needs to be re-printed. (Another great photo book, "The Rolling Stones On Tour," with pictures from the 1975 Tour of the Americas, was re-published this year in a deluxe edition.) Pick this up while you can. Turns out the old gods had time on their side, after all.
Unfortunately, the pictures, with the exception of some taken at Stonehenge, are undistinguished and generally uninteresting, as is the accompanying text written by Keith Richards and Terry Southern.
Your money will be better spent on a copy of Rolling Stones CS Blues (All Region Import) (1972), Robert Frank's video documentary of a Stones tour that the band initially authorized and then barred from release. Bootleg copies are also available on the Net.
Terry Southern wrote some of the funniest, most 'out there' fiction of the sixties including "Candy", "Red Dirt Marijuana", "The Magic Christian", and others. He was a good friend of Keith's and a lot of the book is dialog about the photos between the two of them.
Keith, Anita, and Marianne also lend their narrative voices to the photos to describe what was going on lending even more authenticity.
If you are looking for some insight into the Stones' mystique from 1963-1973 you won't find a more interesting, easy to read tome than this. And the photos take you right into the action.
Recommended for Stones fans.