Thursday, July 10, 2008

It's Only Rock and Roll


Typically PopDrawer focuses on the painted image rather than photographs. And when we cover photography, we usually focus on photography with a surreal or narrative bent. But how can we possibly ignore both photographic royalty and rock royalty all wrapped up together?

This Saturday, July 12th, is the opening of “Beggars To Exiles: Unseen Photographs Of The Rolling Stones, 1966-1971” at the San Francisco Art Exchange. These are never-before-seen photos taken by Dominique Tarle and the late Michael Cooper, who were both well-ensconsed in the Stones' inner circle. According to the press release, the title "Beggars to Exiles" refers to "two of the Stones’ album masterpieces, 1968’s Beggars Banquet, released during the group’s Chelsea heyday as emperors of mod London, and 1971’s Exile On Main Street, recorded on the French Riviera one infamous summer when the band and their entourage were holed up at Villa NellcĂ´te."

The show will feature sixty limited edition photos, and will be hosted by actor Jake Weber of Medium who at the age of seven was hanging with the Stones at the Villa Nellcote (their father was another Stones insider).


Beggars To Exiles: Unseen Photographs Of The Rolling Stones, 1966-1971 at the San Francisco Art Exchange

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