Under Their Thumb

Shadi Jam and Catherine D. Anspon
Posted:
January 07, 2013

Mick Jagger, arguably the greatest front man of the greatest rock ’n’ roll band of all time, rocks us into the New Year. On December 15, he and his Rolling Stones played their final show in Newark, New Jersey. This is meant to be their last show ever, but rumor has it they may extend their “50 and Counting” tour into 2013. Stay tuned. We’ll be on the front row. Let us take you back to how it all began … On July 12, 1962, these genii played their first live gig, in London at The Marquee Club. It was a smoky, intimate, underground bar where up-and-coming bands such as Pink Floyd, The Who and Led Zeppelin performed for decades. Flash forward: The Stones have been pretty busy in the last six months. Since toasting their 50th, they’ve played a surprise show in Paris, released a documentary (Crossfire Hurricane directed by Brett Morgan) and debuted a new single, “Doom and Gloom.” Joshua Siegel, associate curator at the Museum of Modern Art, Department of Film, also culled through the museum’s archives to mount “The Rolling Stones: 50 Years on Film,” which screened at MoMA late last year. There’s even a Rolling Stones app, where you can watch performances, read up on the latest Stones news and listen to their music. Their Web site offers the ultimate fix, including shopping — from collectible lithos to rock-royalty tees emblazoned with Mick’s visage (rollingstones.com). And, for our cover, who better to document Sir Mick than musician and lensman Bryan Adams, whose portraits of the famous and infamous — including head-turners Victoria Beckham, Lindsay Lohan and Lana Del Ray — have appeared on pages and covers from Tatler to Esquire and are showcased (and for sale) this month in Dallas at The Goss-Michael Foundation in the “Exposed” exhibition, based on Adams’ volume of the same name (through February 8). His portrait of Sir Mick rocks our January cover, continuing a tradition of artists collaborating with PaperCity, from The Art Guys to William Wegman. We can only say, “Rock on!” On the cover: Bryan Adams’ Sir Mick Jagger, New York, 2008. Archival pigment print, edition 1/7, 41 3/8 x 55 1/8 inches; $10,000. ©Bryan Adams. BryanAdams.com Photographs in limited editions of seven, $6,000 to $20,000, at The Goss-Michael Foundation, 1405 Turtle Creek Blvd., Dallas, 214.696.0555; gossmichaelfoundation.org.

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