A Limited Edition Photograph

Signed & Numbered by Philip Townsend

An edition of 50

The Swinging Sixties produced two of the most enduring bands ever: The Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

Celebrity photographer Philip Townsend got up close to the excitement of the era, and took many iconic images of the sixties. Townsend is thought to captured the very first picture of the Rolling Stones ever taken, shortly after they formed in 1962.

A chance meeting in Monte Carlo with Andrew Loog Oldham, the band’s first manager, led the celebrity photographer to land the first ever snaps of the rockers.

Recalling his encounter with the teenage Loog Oldham, Townsend said: “He told me ‘I’m going to back to England, I’m going to find a rock and roll band and I’m going to turn them into the greatest rock and roll band in the world.

“We asked what they were called. He said: ‘I don’t know yet, I haven’t found them. But when I go back to England I’m going to find them – and you can photograph them if you like.’”

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