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The Rolling Stones – Elegantly Wasted

Spanish Tony

28 February - 05 March 2024

The lost photos of Spanish Tony.

Bayliss Rare Books and Spanish Tony Media are delighted to present an exhibition of original, previously unseen photographs of The Rolling Stones, taken at their decadent peak by the photographer ‘Spanish Tony’ Sanchez. These iconic images will be on display and available to buy at J/M Gallery.

Spanish Tony (so called by Keith Richards) was both friend and fixer to The Rolling Stones, working and living with them during their most important years. From Beggars Banquet through to The Rock and Roll Circus and onto their now infamous exile in the South of France, Tony had unprecedented access to the band. Originally thought to be lost (unbeknownst to anyone, they were in a loft in South London for decades), these photos are the most idiosyncratic shots of the band a collector could hope for.

As The Stones prepare to go on a new tour in support of Hackney Diamonds and thus open a new chapter in their seventy-decade history, this exhibition and these prints explore the chapter that gave the band the legendary name. The parties, the iconic live performances and more. These recently rediscovered prints stand as one of the most important photographic records of The Rolling Stones to come to the market in years.

“This is a rare opportunity to see unique and unseen images of the band. Naturally there has been a lot of interested collaborators, however we chose to work with Oliver Bayliss due to his love of the band, his strong reputation and his ideas on exhibiting the collection tastefully.” (Matt Dominguez, Director of Spanish Tony Media Ltd.)

“I couldn’t be happier to be involved in this project. I spent months trawling through Tony’s archive – thousands of negatives and contact sheets – and am blown away by Tony’s unique eye and the quality of these images. Fans and collectors alike are in for a real treat.” (Oliver Bayliss, Owner & Founder of Bayliss Rare Books Ltd.)

A private view will be held on Wednesday 28 February from 6 pm – 9 pm. All twenty-seven limited edition prints will be available to buy via the Bayliss Rare Books website from 28 February onwards. For further information, please contact: Oliver Bayliss – | +447787359977.

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