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50 years of Stones snaps

As The Rolling Stones celebrate their half-century, there’s a chance for fans to trace the progress of every wrinkle. A new collection of photos covers the whole of the band’s career from 1962 to the present.

The Rolling Stones: 50 is a coffee-table collection of 700 photos from the archives, including images taken by Philip Townsend on their first ever shoot.

On the Rollingstones.com website the book is described as: "Our story of 50 fantastic years. 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."

It traces the progress of the band from art-school kids playing their beloved blues through 60s stardom and 70s excess into middle-age and dotage. It’s a fascinating documentary record of the world’s oldest rock band.

It might not be the end of the Stones story either. The band, or at least some of the band, have been rehearsing lately, and Ronnie Wood hinted another world tour may be on the horizon to mark the anniversary.

"Be lovely, wouldn't it?" Wood said. "That's what we're on the verge of. I don't know what the hell is going to happen yet but we all feel we owe it to ourselves and to the people to do something."

And by using their free bus passes, they could certainly save a few bob on travel expenses.

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