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Rolling Stones Mark 50th Anniversary of First Live Gig

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They can’t seem to figure out how best to celebrate their 50th anniversary, but yesterday (July 11) the Rolling Stones were able to agree on at least one thing: It was time to return to the site of their first gig and take a picture to mark the occasion.

The band lined up outside the Marquee Club London, where they played their first show on July 12, 1962, and posed for this shot. Of course, the lineup has changed substantially since then — Brian Jones, Dick Taylor, Ian Stewart, and Mick Avory were all with the band for that first gig — but it’s still a cool way to celebrate a unique milestone.

The photo serves as a precursor to ‘Rolling Stones 50,’ the new book of “superb reportage photography, contact sheets, negative strips, outtakes and so much more, from every period in the band’s history,” as a press release puts it, as well as a photo exhibit that’s scheduled to run at London’s Somerset House over the summer.

Later in the year, the band plans to unveil a new documentary from director Brett Morgen (‘The Kid Stays in the Picture’), which Morgen promises “will defy convention and create a sonic tapestry to transport viewers into the world of the Rolling Stones” and “deliver the original, bold, sexy and dangerous flavor of the iconic rock band.”

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