‘Sticky Fingers’ – The Rolling Stones Promo Shoot From 1971


One cannot help but reminisce the 70s, a golden era when rock music reigned supreme. It was defined by numerous revolutionary albums, including the legendary Rolling Stones’ ‘Sticky Fingers’.

Released in 1971, this album was a significant milestone in their musical journey. Reflecting back, the iconic promo shoot for the album launch stands out as an electrifying event, matching the energy of the band itself.

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During the shoot, band members were positioned in the following order: Charlie Watts, Mick Taylor, Bill Wyman, Keith Richards, and Mick Jagger. However, the process of capturing this memorable photo was not without difficulties. Mick Jagger, an essential member of the Stones, arrived at the studio four hours behind schedule, keeping everyone in suspense. Initially, he showed less enthusiasm for interacting with the camera until David Montgomery, the photographer, humorously reminded him that the photo was not intended for his personal scrapbook.


The album cover is a testament to the creative spirit of that era. It features a photograph of a zippered crotch, rumored to be Joe Dallesandro, though its true identity has been heavily debated. This concept was conceived by the renowned artist Andy Warhol, captured by photographer Billy Name, and realized by designer Craig Braun.


‘Sticky Fingers’ not only garnered attention with its provocative cover, but also made a significant impact on the music charts. It became the Rolling Stones’ inaugural album to claim the top spot on both the UK and US album charts. Additionally, it achieved triple platinum certification in the US, while “Brown Sugar” reached the pinnacle of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1971. Its importance is further underscored by its inclusion in the Grammy Hall of Fame and its recognition in Rolling Stone magazine’s esteemed list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.





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