'This book incredible. It takes me back to my first Stones tour.' – Ronnie Wood
In 1975, the Rolling Stones documented their mammoth 40-show Tour Of The Americas – T.O.T.A '75 – in its entirety. A trusted friend and confidante, Christopher Sykes, was brought in to create a visual and written record of their journey.
The group's fascinating work is now available as a magnificent handmade book and boxed set, in an official limited edition published with the Rolling Stones.The result is an enormous archive of largely unseen photographs, a wonderfully descriptive diary and a collection of every piece of tour memorabilia imaginable – including backstage passes and even hotel room keys.
Having known Mick Jagger from the early Sixties, Christopher joined the 40-show tour at the Stones' invitation with instructions to document the tour in its entirety.'I had absolutely free and total access. I was in a very privileged position because I'd come to keep a diary, I'd been recommended by Rupert Lowenstein and I knew Mick. I was more of a friend than a rock photographer.'
In his role as the tour's official diarist, no area was off-limit for Christopher Simon Sykes. The result is a massive and absorbing 27,000 word narrative to accompany his many hundreds of photographs.Running throughout the book there are also tour schedules, set lists, budgets, daily newsletters from tour manager Peter 'Commander' Rudge, personnel lists, sight-seeing tickets, night club passes, Rolling Stone magazine articles, letters home and postcards - the perfect accompaniment to the diary's words and photographs.
'That's what we do. We go to Genesis for quality.' – Ronnie Wood
T.O.T.A. '75 is created in a limited edition of 2,500 signed copies. 40 years on, just 400 of these rare books were specially made into Anniversary copies that celebrate Ronnie Wood's first tour with the band. As well as being signed by tour manager Peter Rudge and diarist Christopher Simon Sykes, these copies have been additionally signed by Ronnie Wood.
The book's new cover artwork is designed to Ronnie Wood's approval, and is inspired by his metal 'disc front' Zemaitis guitar. The instrument remains one of Wood's go-to guitars for playing slide and, as well as being played throughout the '75 tour, has appeared on many Stones recordings. The book's aluminium cover is silkscreened with the same engravings that are etched onto the front of Wood's famous instrument.
Over 400 silver-edged pages are quarter-bound in leather and housed in a protective solander box. The 'Starship' is silkscreened onto the box, with lenticular images of the Stones appearing in the aircraft's cut away windows.
Select from the following editions:
Published with The Rolling Stones, the band's official tour diary is now available in a celebratory binding. Only 400 copies signed by Ronnie Wood.
Since 1974 Genesis has created signed limited edition books on behalf of authors and artists ranging from the Beatles to Buckingham Palace.
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