Shots Of Major Rolling Stones Tour Headline New Chelsea Exhibit
Music lovers may want to head to a new music photography show in Chelsea in a "jumpin' jack flash," because it covers a musical milestone for rock and roll's original bad boys, The Rolling Stones. NY1's Arts reporter Stephanie Simon filed the following report.
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Who can resist the swagger of Mick Jagger? Now Rolling Stones fans can "get some satisfaction" by checking out photographs by the late, great music photographer Jim Marshall at the Steven Kasher Gallery in Chelsea.
"This is a trifecta of three greats," says Steven Kasher, the gallery owner. "The greatest rock and roll photographer, Jim Marshall, the greatest rock and roll band, The Rolling Stones, and what many people consider the greatest tour in rock history, the 1972 tour by the Stones of the U.S."
Kasher is clearly a fan of the music and the images, and Marshall photographed all kinds of music: folk, rock, jazz and the blues. Visitors can see many of his album covers as well as his photographs of other rock icons like John Lennon, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix.
Marshall could party with the best of them and that helped give him access, but Kasher says the beauty is the stories these pictures tell.
"How Mick might be looking at Keith [Richards] a little jealously, how Keith was really trancing out and becoming one with the music. The great success of walking out of the private airplane. Mick posing with all his sex appeal," says Kasher. "It's a really complex documentary portrait of the Stones."
In addition to the spectacular images of rock and rollers on the wall, there are also many blues greats who were major influences on the Rolling Stones.
"Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, Skip James, these are the musicians that the Stones wanted to be," says Kasher.
So how do the Stones feel about these images being shown 40 years later, some for the first time in the exhibit and in the book "The Rolling Stones 1972?" Well, Keith Richards wrote the book's forward, so I guess that's just how they roll.
Steven Kasher Gallery
521 West 23rd Street, Manhattan
Now through September 8 (Gallery is closed August 12 through Labor Day.)