Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones enjoying the pool at the Manger Motor Lodge in Savannah, GA
Just imagine your luck stumbling across this little gem… 23 original, never-before-seen photos of the Rolling Stones resting unmolested in an unmarked box? Yes, please. That’s exactly what Lauren White found herself staring at when a friendly, unassuming flea market dealer put them before her kindly with a wink and a nudge. Turns out they were taken (photographer unknown…) during the Rolling Stones American tour through Savannah, Georgia and Clearwater, Florida in 1965.
“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 After extensive research, I came to find that these are unpublished, never-before-seen photos of one of the most legendary bands in rock ‘n’ roll history.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.
In a lot of the images, the guys are looking directly into the lens. It’s hard to get boys to be that vulnerable, especially in front of a camera. They are also sort of showing off. I think a girl is the only thing that could convince them to allow those kinds of shots. It’s hard to imagine a dude is evoking these intimate moments, but you never know.” –Lauren White
1965– Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones poolside in shades, Clearwater, Florida
1965– Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones enjoying a budweiser poolside, Clearwater, Florida
1965– Mick Jagger & Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones poolside in Clearwater, Florida
1965– Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones poolside in shades, Clearwater, Florida
1965– Brian Jones somewhere between Savannah, Georgia and Clearwater, Florida
1965– Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones poolside in shades
1965– Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones somewhere between Savannah, GA and Clearwater, FL
1965– Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones somewhere between Savannah, GA and Clearwater, FL
1965– Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones somewhere between Savannah, GA and Clearwater, FL
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Great photos, great year too. 1965 was a in your face year, everything was cooking hot. British Invasion was everywhere one turned. Vietnam was heating up, long hair, hippies, drugs, etc. Rolling Stones were huge, how young and raw they were. It was all starting.
Actually, these are by Bob Bonis… Rolling Stone ran a story on “lost” photos a couple of years ago. A couple were taken at the Manger Town and Country Motor Lodge in Savannah, but the others look like a Holiday Inn somewhere in Central Florida.
“… it’s a ten minute ride to a Holiday Inn”.
I know, different act from several years later but the sentiment fits.
que epoca tan bella!! Era ,ás sencilla……..sin tanto recoveco!!
Not Bonis 100 percent- after speaking with his reps, we realized they are from the same ear and taken in some of the same locations, but by a completely different photographer.