Studio portrait of The Rolling Stones, 1965.
Studio portrait of The Rolling Stones, 1965.Gered Mankowitz
Studio portrait of The Rolling Stones, 1965.
Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger having a cigarette backstage; 1964.
Keith Richards resting in an arm chair at the BBC studios before an appearance on 'Ready, Steady, Go', 23rd July 1964.
Mick Jagger laughing during a rehearsal for a Rolling Stones appearance on ABC's 'Thank Your Lucky Stars' TV pop music show, 1964.
Guitarist Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones has a glass of milk in a motorway cafe, 1964.
Bill Wyman, bassist for The Rolling Stones backstage in 1964.
Charlie Watts, drummer for the Rolling Stones. Circa 1963-1965.
The Rolling Stones posing with a group of women during rehearsals for ABC's 'Thank Your Lucky Stars' TV pop music show at Teddington Studios, London, November 11, 1964. From left to right, Bill Wyman, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Charlie Watts.
Studio portrait of The Rolling Stones, 1965.
Gered Mankowitz
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See Vintage Photos from the Early Days of The Rolling Stones

Apr 06, 2016

When The Rolling Stones played a historic concert in Havana in March, they appeared in Cuba as legendary ambassadors of rock. Back in the early 1960s, they were pretty much exactly the opposite: newcomers on a scene that was itself brand-new. They first performed in 1962, wearing a clean-cut look that matched the style of other fledgling groups. They would soon an embrace an edgier look and sound. A new book, Breaking Stones: 1963-1965 A Band on the Brink of Superstardom, from which these pictures are drawn, features images made by Terry O'Neill and Gered Mankowitz during those formative years.

It was in May of 1965, right at the end of that period, that TIME first delved into the Stones. "To distinguish themselves from the Beatles, Britain's Rolling Stones have attempted to assume the image of Angry Young Men," the magazine explained. "'The Stones,' their manager proudly explains, 'are the group that parents love to hate.' They sing Mersey-Mississippi rhythm and blues, backed by a quavering guitar and a chugging harmonica that smacks of cotton-pickin' time down South."

One anonymous teenage girl interviewed in the story admitted that their appeal was sexual, then begged "but don't print that; my mother would hit me."

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