Pleased to Meet You - Michael Putland, Mick Taylor (foreword) 1999 - Genesis Publications, Guildford - Limited Edition, Number 1233 of 1750 copies A fine example of this Genesis ‘Hall of Fame’ title – now fully subscribed – which brings together photographer Michael Putland’s archive documents of the 1970s and chronicles in remarkable detail the decade many consider to be the most interesting in The Rolling Stones’ history. Signed by Putland on the limitation page and featuring a foreword by Stones’ guitarist Mick Taylor.

Putland was invited by the Stones’ to be the band’s official tour photographer just prior to their 1972 world tour, a position Putland happily accepted. His physical closeness to the Stones – he was often only feet away from them on stage – resulted in a wealth of memorable images, all brilliantly compiled in this exquisitely produced volume.

This incredible anthology of images, rarely published and never exhibited, includes shots of Mick Taylor in the line up, the
It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll video shoot, the arrival of Ronnie Wood, the first pictures of Keith after his Toronto drug bust, backstage at the Palladium, and the fantastic 100 Club gig. It also captures the band alongside other legendary musicians, including Paul McCartney, Billy Preston (Apple Records), Bob Marley, Peter Tosh (The Wailers), Roger Waters (Pink Floyd), Eric Clapton, Ian McLagan (Small Faces) and Van Morrison.
  Michael Putland in an interview ahead of his retrospective at Getty Images Gallery in 2014 - On his favourite picture... ‘It's hard to pick a favourite but my most successful print from a sale point of view, and one I think is kind of sweet, is the one of Bob Marley, Mick Jagger and Peter Tosh. It was after a concert they played in a small theatre in New York, in an actor’s dressing room. And in that room were Bob and Peter and Paul and Linda McCartney and all of the Stones. It was a tiny space and I was just given free reign – incredible really. It’s a lovely set of pictures; they were such great years.’ [www.anothermag.com]

‘Born in 1947, Michael grew up in Harrow where he took his first pictures at the age of nine before leaving school at sixteen to work as an assistant to various photographers including Time-Life photographer, Walter Curtain and the legendary motor racing photographer, Louis Klemantaski. In 1969 he set up his own studio and by 1971, he was the official photographer for the British music magazine Disc & Music Echo. His first assignment for them that year was to photograph Mick Jagger in London.

From the editorial work for Disc and Music Echo, Sounds and later Smash Hits & Q magazine amongst others, to the 1973 tour with The Rolling Stones that led to a long-standing relationship working with the band, Michael has shot prodigiously including for major record labels including CBS, Warner, Elektra, Polydor, Columbia Records and EMI. Relocating to New York in 1977, it was here that Michael founded the photo agency, Retna.

It has been said that Michael photographed everyone from Abba to Zappa … when looking at his archive this is actually true.’ [www.michaelputland.com]

References:
Genesis Publications, web.

Folio (27.5 x 39 cm). pp. 228.
  In original publisher’s quarter black goat skin over black buckram boards, blocked in orange with vignette portrait of the Stones to upper cover, all edges silver. Housed in an orange and black silk-screened solander box, lid with die-cut window revealing the portrait. Subscribers chose the photo to be used on the solander box from a range of shots – Keith, Mick, Charlie, Bill, the band, etc.   Condition: Fine, in fine solander box.   Ref: 108170   Price: HK$ 11,000