The Rolling Stones
In The Studio with the Stones
Since Jimmy Miller and I worked well together on the first Traffic album, when he was asked to produce the Stones, he naturally asked for my services. This was the first time the Stones had not made an album with Andrew Loog Oldham, so the pressure was on to deliver something really outstanding. Without question Beggars Banquet was groundbreaking and by far one of their greatest albums with a distinct return to their hard hitting R&B roots. I recorded the Stones later on in the US and Canada for the “Love Ya Live” album recording them at the El Mocambo club in Toronto. The turmoil which surrounded Keith with his drug bust and the scandal regarding Margaret Trudeau’s supposed tryst with Mick Jagger never seemed to put a damper on the music which was always played with typical Stones swagger and abandon. Mick and Keith have always had a tumultuous relationship but I think that kind of tension produces great songs and performances. I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked with one of the world’s greatest rock bands and being able to document some of the key sessions with my camera.