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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Stones mark 50th anniversary of gig

The Rolling Stones mark the 50th anniversary of their first gig (Rankin/PA)

The Rolling Stones have returned to where it all began as they posed outside a recreation of the venue of their first-ever gig, half a century on.

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood gathered at a mock-up of the old Marquee club venue to mark the 50th anniversary of their debut.

They were captured by renowned photographer Rankin, the first time the members had been pictured together for four years, since the premiere of their Shine A Light movie.

The group played their first show at the club in London's Oxford Street on July 12, 1962, under the name The Rollin' Stones, hastily chosen from a song by their blues hero Muddy Waters.

The group landed the gig when the venue's regular band Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated were booked for a BBC radio show and Marquee owner Harold Pendleton booked them to fill in.

The line-up for the show in that early incarnation was listed in Jazz News as: "Mick Jagger (vocals harmonica), Keith Richards (guitars), Elmo Lewis, real name Brian Jones (guitars), Dick Taylor (bass), Ian Stewart (piano), & Mick Avory (drums)."

The group, regular visitors to the club, had been rehearsing a set of R&B standards at the nearby Bricklayers Arms pub in Soho's Broadwick Street.

The Stones are celebrating the anniversary with the release of an official book Rolling Stones 50, published by Thames & Hudson, featuring unseen material from across the band's career and line-up changes.

An exhibition of photos from the book opens on Friday at London's Somerset House until August 27.

A new Rolling Stones documentary will be released in November.

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