Let It Bleed: The Rolling Stones 1969 US Tour

Posted on: 06 June 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

Unseen photos of The Rolling Stones on their 1969 US tour.


Let It Bleed documents The Rolling Stones 1969 US tour whilst they were at the height of their fame, with previously unpublished photos that illustrate the highs and lows of life on tour.  

Taken by photographer Ethan Russell, the photos will be displayed in an exhibition at Proud Central in London, and published in a limited collector's edition book. 

The Photos

 View a small selection of photographs from the book and exhibition.

It's been almost forty years since five Rolling Stones and their travelling companions set out on a cross-country journey that would leave its impact on the music world forever. 

Let It Bleed transports the viewer to those last days of the 1960s through backstage photographs and spectacular live shots, brought to life by the testimony of those who saw it all first-hand.

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Often the only person on stage who was not a Rolling Stone was Ethan Russell and his camera.  He accompanied the band and 10 others across America to capture the intimate moments of what started as the Stones' best tour yet, until those historic events at Altamont Speedway changed everything forever.

Let It Bleed depicts the transformation of a band, a country and a generation on the cusp of a new era and for the first time through beautiful images and eye witness accounts that evoke the essence of the ‘behind-the-scenes’ experience.

The exhibition is taking place at Proud Central, 32 John Adam Street, London WC2, from May 23-July 20.  For further information visit www.proud.co.uk. The collectors’-edition book, published by Rhino, is limited to 2,600 copies, and is signed and numbered by author and phtoographer Ethan Russell.  To order your copy visit http://www.letitbleedbook.com/

For further information visit www.rhino.co.uk.

All images are Copyright © Ethan Russell. All rights reserved.

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