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by Alex Brzezicka

It’s about time we got some rock 'n' roll satisfaction.

It may be 2021, but The Rolling Stones just keep giving us reasons as to why they’re one of the greatest bands in history. Still on a relentless touring schedule, rocking it out on the world’s most iconic stages and dropping new tracks left right and centre, they prove that if you’ve got enough willpower, passion and stamina, there’s no such a thing as retirement.  

From defining the sound of the 1960s and changing the musical game of the future decades, to influencing fashion and ever-inspiring new generations, The Rolling Stones have had an undeniable influence on popular culture. To celebrate their almost 60 years of existence Thames & Hudson has issued one of a kind comprehensive collection of archive material with never seen before bits, titled The Rolling Stones: Unzipped.

Sticky Fingers front and back cover, 1971 / concept by Andy Warhol / design by Craig Braun / photograph by Billy Name

The coffee table book, out on October 21, traces the band’s influence all the way back to their beginning, featuring never-seen-before photos, clippings, artworks, extracts from notebooks and stage outfits along with some of the legendary work of rock photography icons. We take a deep dive into The Rolling Stone dimension and breathe in everything that made them into the god-like personas we know today, from instruments, to style, to art, and more. 

Beautifully and boldly designed, it features fresh insights from Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood who are looking at their life-long careers from a modern perspective. Joined by some of their most exciting and important creative collaborators including Buddy Guy, Don Was, Anna Sui, John Varvatos, Martin Scorsese, Shepherd Fairey, Patrick Woodroffe and Willie Williams, the band takes us on a visual wild ride told in 400 illustrations and in-depth articles. American author and music critic, Anthony DeCurtis, known as a writer for many influential publications including Rolling Stone or the New York Times and an eager follower of the Stone’s phenomenon, wrote an intro, binding together the buzz-worthy insides. ‘Unzipped’ cuts up The Rolling Stone’s legacy and put it all back in one of the most enjoyable works on them up to date: it’s got us rocking.

The Rolling Stones: Unzipped by The Rolling Stones, with an introduction by Anthony DeCurtis, is published by Thames & Hudson, £35 and is available to purchase here.

Love You Live cover mockup, 1977 / Andy Warhol, concept and artwork / Collection of The Rolling Stones Archive

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