The countdown began weeks ago, but in a little over a fortnight’s time, one of the world’s most seminal and death-defying rock’n’roll outfits launch their four-date 50th anniversary tour at London’s O2 Arena. Indeed, that’ll be The Rolling Stones, and with tickets boasting intergalactic price tags, the likes of myself ain’t going anywhere near the O2 on November 25th and 29th.
But all is not lost. Opening on 24th November, Hampstead’s Zebra Gallery donates its walls to a collaboration of work by Dominique Tarle and Peter Webb with a select number of previously unseen photographs of the band back in their youthful heyday.
The exhibition, entitled Brown Sugar on Main Street, gives Stones fans a glimpse at the band’s rambling lives on the road and at home; images we can contextualise within the vast catalogue of photographs we’ll certainly be familiar with, but hadn’t – until now – seen.
Included in the exhibition will be recently re-discovered negatives of the day-long photo shoot by Peter Webb for 1971’s Sticky Fingers LP. Coupled with images from Dominique Tarle’s now legendary photographic diary, that he shot over six months during the band’s Exile period, the show takes us on a journey through the hedonistic world of the Stones in the early ’70s.
Brown Sugar on Main Street runs from 24th November to 24th January 2013. Entry is free, gallery open from 10am to 5pm. For more information, visit the Zebra Gallery’s website.