Finally, A Mick Taylor Autograph.

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Picture 1_4 Picture 1_3 Picture 1_2 Picture 1I’ve never been able to track down a decent Mick Taylor autograph for my collection. In fact, by all accounts it seems Stones signed items from the 70’s appear to be “The Holy Grail” of all Stones signatures.

For those who have been told on Autograph Magazine Live that this set is fake, I can assure you that’s nothing short of a ridiculous uninformed statement.

This set was purchased from Tracks UK one of THE most respected dealers in Rolling Stones and Beatles autographs in the world. They stand by what they sell. I have purchased dozens of my most treasured signed items from Jason and Paul over the years.

tracks.jpg025Now back to the post….Hands down it’s their most creative period. Their landmark albums and tours, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers, Exile On Main Street….all recorded during this time. And yes, Mick Taylor was on every one of them.

Too busy to sign during this time period? They did spend some time in France…. In any event, complete signed band autographs from this era rarely show up. I am lucky to now own these wonderful examples.

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A beautiful set of five Stones signed original 1970s prints in stock. Each measures approx. 7 ¾ inches x 9 ¾ inches. The person that they came from was given them by an employee of the Stones accountants in London.

Every one signed in the most readable area. In ink. Not sharpie.


Some more on who many consider the greatest Stones guitarist ever, Mick Taylor.

Michael Kevin “Mick” Taylor (born 17 January 1949 in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire) is an English musician, best known as a former member of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (1966–69) and The Rolling Stones (1969–74). “He is regarded by many Stones aficionados as the best guitarist ever to play with the band, and appeared on some of their classic albums including Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main St.“Since resigning from the Rolling Stones in December 1974, Taylor has worked with numerous other artists (and, in 2012, with the Stones themselves) and released several solo albums. He was ranked 37th in Rolling Stone magazine’s 2012 list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.

After Brian Jones was removed from the The Rolling Stones in June 1969, John Mayall recommended Taylor to Mick Jagger. Taylor believed he was being called in to be a session musician at his first studio session with the Rolling Stones. An impressed Jagger and Keith Richards invited Taylor back the following day to continue rehearsing and recording with the band. He overdubbed guitar on “Country Honk” and “Live With Me” for the album Let It Bleed, and for the single “Honky Tonk Women” released in the UK on 4 July 1969. Taylor’s onstage debut as a Rolling Stone, at the age of 20, was the free. London concert on 5 July 1969. An estimated quarter of a million people attended for a show that turned into a tribute to Brian Jones, who had died three days before the concert.

The Rolling Stones’ 1971 release Sticky Fingers included “Sway” and “Moonlight Mile” which Taylor and Jagger had completed in Richards’s absence. At the time Jagger stated: “We made [tracks] with just Mick Taylor, which are very good and everyone loves, where Keith wasn’t there for whatever reasons … It’s me and [Mick Taylor] playing off each other – another feeling completely, because he’s following my vocal lines and then extemporizing on them during the solos.” However, Taylor was only credited as co-author of one track “Ventilator Blues“, from the album Exile on Main St. (1972).Taylor was noted for his smooth lyrical touch and tone which contrasted with Richards’s jagged and cutting technique.

After the 1973 European tour, Richards’s drug problems had worsened and began affecting the ability of the band to function as a whole. Between recording sessions, the band members were living in various countries and during this period Taylor appeared on Herbie Mann‘s London Underground (1974) and also appeared on Mann’s album Reggae (1974).

In November 1973, when the band was to begin work on the LP It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll at Musicland Studios in Munich, Taylor missed some of the sessions while he underwent surgery for acute sinusitis. Not much was achieved during the first 10 days at Musicland. Most of the actual recordings were made in January (Musicland) and April of 1974 (Stargroves). When Taylor resumed work with the band, he found it difficult to get along with Richards. At one point during the Munich sessions, Richards confronted him and said, “Oi! Taylor! You’re playing too fuckin’ loud. I mean, you’re really good live, man, but you’re fucking useless in the studio. Lay out, play later, whatever.” Richards erased some of the tapes where Taylor had recorded guitar parts to some of the songs for It’s Only Rock n’ Roll. Taylor was, however, present at all the sessions in April at Stargroves, England, where the LP was finished and most of the overdubs were recorded.

Not long after those recording sessions, Taylor went on a six-week expedition to Brazil, traveling down the Amazon River in a boat and exploring Latin music.

Just before the release of the album in October 1974, Taylor told Nick Kent from the NME magazine about the new LP and that he had co-written “Till the Next Goodbye” and “Time Waits for No One” with Jagger.Kent showed Taylor the record sleeve, which revealed the absence of any songwriting credits for Taylor.

I was a bit peeved about not getting credit for a couple of songs, but that wasn’t the whole reason [I left the band]. I guess I just felt like I had enough. I decided to leave and start a group with Jack Bruce. I never really felt, and I don’t know why, but I never felt I was gonna stay with the Stones forever, even right from the beginning.
—Mick Taylor, in an interview with Gary James.
We used to fight and argue all the time. And one of the things I got angry about was that Mick had promised to give me some credit for some of the songs – and he didn’t. I believed I’d contributed enough. Let’s put it this way – without my contribution those songs would not have existed. There’s not many but enough, things like “Sway” and “Moonlight Mile” on Sticky Fingers and a couple of others.
—Mick Taylor, in a 1997 interview with Mojo magazine.

In December 1974, Taylor announced he was leaving the Rolling Stones. The band mates were at a party in London when Taylor told Mick Jagger he was quitting and walked out. Taylor’s decision came as a total shock to many. The Rolling Stones were due to start recording a new album in Munich, and the entire band was reportedly angry at Taylor for leaving at such short notice.


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