Each week, in Picture Book, we present an iconic photo from rock 'n' roll's past or present, accompanied with insightful commentary. Whether it's a famous picture or an unearthed rarity, these striking images will serve to illustrate the visual side of music. This special mid-week edition of Picture Book is timed to commemorate the release of Keith Richards' autobiography, 'Life.' Keith Richards Onstage With the Rolling Stones and Jack and Coors, 1972
Photograph by Ethan Russell. © Ethan Russell. All rights reserved.
"There were many who tried to imitate Keith Richards. Not a safe thing to do," says photographer Ethan Russell about Keef, who, judging by Russell's iconic stage photo of him staring down a bottle of Jack Daniel's and a couple of cans of Coors beer, must have requested a bar setup in his concert rider. Russell, who shot the Rolling Stones during their 1972 US tour, is part of a multi-photographer exhibition exploring the notoriously debauched Stones guitarist, titled 'Before They Make Me Run: Portraits of Keith Richards 1963-1972.' The exhibition, which coincides with the release of Richards' new autobiography, 'Life,' runs at the San Francisco Art Exchange till mid-November and can also be viewed online.
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