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  • It's Only Rock N Roll

    It's Only Rock N Roll

    Artist: The Rolling Stones

    Belgian artist Guy Peellaert had established his iconic collagist style of painting with the publication of the 1972 book Rock Dreams, in which his incisive portraits brought UK music journalist Nik Cohn’s text to life. Somewhere between immortalising and slaughtering rock’s sacred cows, Peellaert’s work drew the attention of Mick Jagger, who invited the artist out to the band’s recording sessions, in Munich, to conceptualise the artwork for their new album. Having previously portrayed the Stones as child-molesting Nazi’s in an infamous image from Rock Dreams, for It’s Only Rock’n’Roll, Peellaert reimagined them as immortals descending a temple staircase, surrounded by young girls and women clamouring to touch the triumphant rock gods. Such pomp was arguably fitting: the album was the Stones’ 12th consecutive release since their debut LP to place within the Top 3 of the UK charts, and their fourth US No 1 album in a row.

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    • It's Only Rock N Roll
    • It's Only Rock N Roll