In 1969, the Rolling Stones embarked on a historic tour that culminated in Altamont, a show people insist on calling the end of an era instead of just a royally screwed up afternoon. Wouldn't you know it, the band brought a photographer along (in addition to the Hell's Angels). Ethan Russell's beautiful collector's book Let it Bleed: The Rolling Stones 1969 U.S. Tour features hundreds of Stones pics, but here's something weird about it: Eighty percent of them have never been published. What's Russell been waiting for? Perhaps this month, in which 100 of the photos go up on walls for the "Let it Bleed" exhibit, which has been quietly dozing for almost 40 years. It's a crucial event for early-Stones fans (and if you aren't, Mick's cherubic mug should change that), and not only because of the pictures -- at the invitation-only opening reception on March 1, the famed photographer will also be there. Go ahead, ask him about Brian Jones.
March 1-April 6, 2008