Back before they turned into the geriatric juggernaut that seems to be on a never-ending world tour, the Rolling Stones were the coolest rock band in the universe. In 1969, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the gang crisscrossed the country in support of their album *Beggar’s Banquet*, culminating in the infamous free concert at Altamont in Northern California where Hell’s Angels killed a member of the audience.
Photographer Ethan Russell was with them every step of the way; his photographs and reminiscences have now been collected in a lavish, limited edition book called *Let It Bleed*. Only 2600 signed and numbered copies are being printed; the first 750 are presented as a Deluxe Edition, boxed in a special case containing a signed, hand-made gelatin silver print of one of Russell’s iconic photographs, for $950. You can reserve one if you’re quick about it.
Meanwhile, Martin Scorsese’s Stones documentary, *Shine A Light*, is set to hit theaters in April, so the juggernaut shows no signs of slowing down. Better buy your Viagra now before Mick and the boys get busy.
- — Jared Paul Stern