Vintage Tiger Beat!
ft. Mick Jagger with his hand down his pants, “The Stones! Are You For Or Against?" "Batman vs. Beatles! Why?" "Dylan’s High School Daze!" (a delightful article in which the writer goes back to Bob Dylan’s hometown and all of the people he talks to has no idea who Bob Dylan is lolz)
The Rolling Stones pose for a publicity shot that would appear on the cover of the January 8th, 1965 edition of Salut Les Copains, a French music magazine. Top row: Mick Jagger. Middle row: Keith Richards and Brian Jones. Bottom row: Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman.
George deserves recognition. He was always rather overshadowed—there’s no other way of putting it—by John and Paul. I mean, to call him “the quiet Beatle”, it’s like some dopey publicist made that up in 1964. And, of course, he was quite a complicated person. When you say, “Oh, the quiet Beatle”, it’s like, “Oh, yeah, okay, he sits in the corner.” And he wasn’t really that. He was very complex, and he was very charming and friendly. I notice that Bob Geldof called him curmudgeonly, which is true, you know, but people are always saying to me—and I don’t want to really compare myself to George—but they say, “Gosh, you’ve got lots of faces.” And I say, “Well, yeah, people are complex.”
So George was very friendly, but he also could be quite quarrelsome at times. He had a side of him which, if he felt you deserved it, so to speak, would lash out at you. But I’m talking about when he was much, much younger; I never saw that side of him later on in life. But when he was the young man around town, I used to see him a lot. We used to see each other in nightclubs and so on and be drinking buddies. I suppose what I’m trying to say is, he wasn’t just a retiring person only, in my mind. He could be funny and charming and also quite acerbic. He had the sort of quality that normally people would associate with John. […]
Really, whatever I say about my feelings is ridiculous and inadequate. It’s very difficult to depersonalize it. It’s like part of your life. But, you know, that’s probably what most people think. Because the Beatles were a big part of one’s life. And when someone like that dies, in a way, a part of your own life is gone.
“We’re at a funny stage. We are just making records and have time to gather our thoughts. It’s impossible to do that when you’re dashing around all over the place, worried about getting to gigs and things. I don’t really know whether it’s a good thing or not. I know I didn’t enjoy last year very much. I enjoyed the things I did but I didn’t enjoy things so much as a whole.It’s true we didn’t sell so many discs in England during 1966 as in the previous year, but neither did the other groups. As far as abroad goes, America is okay and we broke the Italian and German markets in 1966. We haven’t quietened down. It’s madder now than ever before. We couldn’t possibly go on doing ballrooms and cinema appearances all the time. All the groups seem to be cooling off in this respect. ” ― Mick Jagger on A new direction for the Rolling Stones.
© Photos taken in London on January 22, 1967.