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23 rare 1965 photos of the Rolling Stones in America found at a flea market

October 17, 2012 | By Abraham | 19 comments

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23 never-before-published and almost-never-seen pictures of the Rolling Stones relaxing while on tour through Georgia and Florida in 1965 were recently found at a flea market in California. Lauren White, the photos’ discoverer, tells the story

Basically, a guy who runs one of the stands called me over because I “looked like I would like rock ‘n’ roll”– and he was right…. He obviously didn’t know what he had. To tell the truth, I didn’t either. I obviously knew it was the Stones, but it took about a week of looking them over to realize that this was really a very unique circumstance.

After extensive research, I came to find that these are unpublished, never-before-seen photos of one of the most legendary bands in rock ‘n’ roll history. Not only that, they are beautifully composed, candid, raw and perfect in every way. They really convey a band innocent to their destiny.

The photographer is still unknown. The photos are currently on display at a downtown L.A. gallery.

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19 Comments

        1. pc says:

          Doesn’t appear to be the same one in the photo based on the positioning of the diving board and the building behind it

    1. Victoria says:

      I’m glad these other folks know the specifics. All I could tell is that it was Central to South Florida. I see trees native to that region throughout but in 11 and 14 I saw wild flowers native to the area. The ones in 11, cannas, need a constant warm and wet environment. The flowers in 14, Catharanthus roseous,only grow in sandy hot soil.

  1. Quentin says:

    Here’s a theory:
    The first photo looks like a selfie from Keith Richards, from then on he doesn’t appear in any of the other pictures. I’d say he’s the photographer.

  2. J.K. says:

    These are the Bob Bonis photos for sure, I worked on the book of Bob’s photos. Bob had at the time (1964/1965)gave a “few” of the many photos he took to various “Teen Mag.” to be published. These are probably photos someone at one of these magazine might have kept and have now found their way to a flea market somewhere in the USA. The rights to the photos still belong to the Bonis eastate and or reps of the estate as they still have the original negatives to most of these photos and got copywritten when the book got published.

  3. Monkey says:

    I contacted the gallery in LA exhibiting these pictures and they said they’d been in touch with Bob Bonis’s estate to check the provenance of them and the estate didn’t think they were Bob’s as Bob kept very thorough records of his negatives and prints and there was nothing to match these, even though they come from the same time as some of Bob’s published shots.

  4. time-traveller says:

    Can anyone tell me who the guy in the second photograph is? I thought it must be Billy Wyman but this somehow doesn’t look like him, is it maybe someone that wasn’t part of the band but that was travelling with them at the time?

    1. No Expectations says:

      Are you serious?
      The second picture, the first on after the text, is of Keith Richards.
      Bill Wyman is in photos #7 and #8.
      Ian Stewart can be seen behind Mick Jagger in #11 (Jagger is facing the camera and there is a green and white umbrella in the background).
      Great photos.

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