The Rolling Stones are certainly not strangers when it comes to the art of self promotion.
They rule. Plain and simple.
There has been no other band in the history of rock n’ roll that knows how to stir up controversy and buzz over what they are doing or about to do, better than Mick and company.
And Sunset Blvd in LA is where we saw a lot of their ideas come to life.
Shown here are several examples of billboard advertising, an all but dying medium these days, where the Stones strutted their stuff.
Usually the Stones used billboard advertising to promote a new album.
The LA scene is where you can find about every artist during the 70′s and 80′s using this larger than life opportunity to deliver their message.
And as we know the Stones didn’t shy away from imagery that would infuriate and disturb anyone who looked at it. The infamous “Black and Blue” board whose image of a bound and beaten woman eventually had to be pulled down.
Even in announcing their upcoming “50 And Counting” tour, the Stones took to the streets to create anticipation and buzz around the announcement.
The above original art was recently found looks to be created to promote the Stones new London album “Let It Bleed.” It is unknown if in fact the art was ever used or made it’s way to a billboard. This is first major introduction of Mick Taylor as well.
As you can see from the recognizable clothing, Mick is his iconic omega shirt and scarf, this is clearly from the 1969 Ya Ya’s period.
I’m thrilled to now own this incredible never before seen rarity, coming from my good friend Jeff Gold of Recordmecca.
This one is a keeper.