• HAND ON CHIN HAND ON CHIN

    Keith Richards at Olympic Studios, London 1967.

    "In 1967 at Olympic Studios in London, The Stones were being produced for the first time by Jimmy Miller. During the sessions Jean–Luc Goddard was filming "One Plus One" (which later became 'Sympathy for The Devil'). The film crew had lit the studio so I was able to get this picture of Keith who sat still long enough for me to shoot this portrait of him during a break in the sessions. I have often wondered what he was thinking … 'time for another joint mate?' " ~ Eddie Kramer

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  • BACKSTAGE DOBRO BACKSTAGE DOBRO

    Keith Richards rehearsing backstage at Madion Square Gardens, NYC 1969.

    "Backstage at Madison Square Garden was always a beehive of activity with managers, agents, stars and hangers on all streaming in and out. Keith was just handed the National Steel Dobro that had been re-strung by one of the guitar techs and Keith is trying it out it's sound with a nice fat joint dangling from his lips." ~ Eddie Kramer

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  • UNSUNG HERO UNSUNG HERO

    Brian Jones recording at Olympic Studios, London 1967.

    "Brian Jones was the unsung hero of the band – by far the most prolific and imaginative musician among the Stones, pushing the musical boundaries with passion. His ability to master difficult instruments such as the sitar and the Indian shenhai (a type of double reed wind instrument) made for very interesting sounds on the Stones records. He was a good friend of Jimi Hendrix's and would hang out on his sessions…then fall into a heap on the control room floor."
    ~ Eddie Kramer

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  • MR. CONGENIAL MR. CONGENIAL

    Charlie Watts at Olympic Studios, London 1967.

    "Charlie Watts drumming was steeped in Jazz and Blues, from his early days with the Cyril Davies Band to the time he signed on with the Stones, Charlie represented the epitome of cool, even in his dress code which was something to behold. He was the most congenial guy in the band and we shared a love of Jazz, in particular, Charlie Parker." ~ Eddie Kramer

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  • TAKE SOME TIME TAKE SOME TIME

    Mick Jagger at Olympic Studios, London 1967.

    "The Stones sessions would invariably last all night, partly due to the nature of the way things were recorded in those days utilizing the studio as a rehearsal and recording facility. Many of the ideas just took time to develop and hammer out until all the parts jelled. Mick is listening to the band working on the track and song structure, which would always take some time." ~ Eddie Kramer

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  • RELAXING WITH A BIG SPLIFF RELAXING WITH A BIG SPLIFF

    Keith Richards backstage at Madion Square Gardens, NYC 1969.

    "Backstage at a Stones concert was a time for relaxation and getting your 'head together' before you went onstage. Things were a lot looser then than in today's highly pressurized times. Keith Richards backstage at Madison Square Garden, NYC, 1969." ~ Eddie Kramer

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  • JIMI AND MICK JIMI AND MICK

    Jimi Hendrix and Mick Jagger backstage at Madison Square Garden, NYC, 1969.

    "Jimi called me up one night and said 'I'm going to see the Stones tonight do you wanna go?' I grabbed my camera bag and met him at the back stage entrance to Madison Square Garden and we went up to the dressing room and hung out with the Stones. This was on the occasion of Jimi's birthday November 27th 1969." ~ Eddie Kramer

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great songs and performances. I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked with one of the world’s greatest rock bands and being able to document some of the key sessions with my camera.

Capturing The Rolling Stones

Since Jimmy Miller and I worked well together on the first Traffic album, when he was asked to produce the Stones, he naturally asked for my services. This was the first time the Stones had not made an album with Andrew Loog Oldham, so the pressure was on to deliver something really outstanding. Without question Beggars Banquet was groundbreaking and by far one of their greatest albums with a distinct return to their hard hitting R&B roots. I recorded the Stones later on in the US and Canada for the “Love Ya Live” album recording them at the El Mocambo club in Toronto. The turmoil which surrounded Keith with his drug bust and the scandal regarding Margaret Trudeau’s supposed tryst with Mick Jagger never seemed to put a damper on the music which was always played with typical Stones swagger and abandon. Mick and Keith have always had a tumultuous relationship but I think that kind of tension produces

 

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