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T.O.T.A. '75 - Tour of the Americas 1975

The Rolling Stones Official Tour Diary

The Rolling Stones & Christopher Simon Sykes

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.

Now the group's fascinating work is 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, tour manager's newsletters and even hotel room keys.

'Just awesome, it will look nice next to it's older brother Exile, another great book.' B. Zimmer, Subscriber, USA

'Incredible' Ronnie Wood

The Photography

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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.'

Travelling with the band in a specially commissioned aircraft called the Starship, he took a wealth of photographs, most of which have never been seen, kept a wonderfully descriptive diary and collected every piece of tour memorabilia imaginable, including backstage passes, tour manager's newsletters and even hotel room keys.

Now, for the first time ever and with the Stones' blessing, this fascinating array of notes, images and paraphernalia is available in its entirety in a magnificent handmade book and boxed set - a truly memorable and rare collector's item.

The photographs, diary entries and daily newsletters will take you onboard the Starship, backstage for pre-show tuning with Keith and Ronnie and to Niagara Falls with Mick. You'll experience the full madness of the tour including crew parties and Stu's birthday cake fight; the idea of elephants as 'extra security'; Mick borrowing Lisa Robinson's knickers for a show; Ronnie and Keith being charged with reckless driving and possession of a knife, and much much more.
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The Manuscript

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TOTA 75 as a tour diary is nothing short of complete. In his role as diarist no area was off-limit for Christopher Simon Sykes and the result is a massive and absorbing 27,000 word text to accompany his many hundreds of photographs.

Alongside his diary and running throughout the book there are 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 accompaniments to the text and photography.

'I knocked on Ronnie's door and Mick opened it. With a big smile he pulled me in and introduced me to the inmates. 'Christopher, this is Ronnie. I'm telling them you're doing a diary of the tour, right?' I said to Mick I reckoned it would take me quite a while to get settled in. He took me aside and said, 'Look Chrissy, if there's anything you need, come and ask me. Don't bottle it in just ask me. Don't worry, I'll look after you, and I'll tell everyone why you're here.' At last I began to feel reassured. Next stop was Keith's room...' Christopher Simon Sykes
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The Authors

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Christopher Simon Sykes had known Mick Jagger since the early Sixties when he was invited to travel with the Stones' to all 40 shows of their 1975 Tour Of The Americas.

Asked to document the tour in its entirety he did just that. As well as an incredible archive of photographs - most of which have never been published before - and an astonishingly detailed diary, he kept every possible item of memorabilia, even hotel room keys.

'I wanted to make this book to be like the original proposal - a scrapbook of thoughts, images and memorabilia, so that the reader has the impression of being on the Starship, being backstage with Keith and Ronnie in the tuning room, on stage with Mick or at any of the parties.

Leafing through it reminds me that, contrary to my occasional belief that it was all a dream, I really was there, and it was one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life.' Christopher Simon Sykes


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The Anniversary Edition

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'That's what we do. We go to Genesis for quality.' Ronnie Wood

TOTA '75 is created in a limited edition of 2,500 signed copies. Now just 400 of these rare books will be made into special Anniversary copies, with a new binding and additionally signed by Ronnie Wood.

The book's new cover is designed to Ronnie Wood's approval, inspired by his iconic Zemaitis guitar. Its aluminium cover is silkscreened with beautiful engravings from the guitar's metal disc front.

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.

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T.O.T.A. '75 - Tour of the Americas 1975

The Rolling Stones Official Tour Diary

Select from the following editions:

T.O.T.A. '75 - Tour of the Americas 1975

T.O.T.A. '75 - Tour of the Americas 1975

  • ISBN:
    0904351955
  • Anniversary:
    400 copies
  • Signed by:
    Ronnie Wood, Christopher Simon Sykes and Peter Rudge
  • Contributors:
    Peter Rudge
Anniversary Edition £395

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.

  • Page size: 360mm x 280mm
  • 416 pages
  • 27000 words
  • 620 images
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