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.
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.'
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.
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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.
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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