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Arrogant Mick funny about being snapped'

PUBLISHED: 15:15 11 March 2009 | UPDATED: 16:17 25 August 2010

A FAMOUS photographer who snapped The Rolling Stones in their early years has welcomed the release of new iconic images of the group.

A FAMOUS photographer who snapped The Rolling Stones in their early years has welcomed the release of new iconic images of the group.

The lost collection of 3,500 intimate photographs, taken by band manager Bob Bonis, went on display in a New York gallery last week.

Photographer to the stars Philip Townsend, who has snapped the likes of The Beatles, Jimmy Page and Twiggy, spoke about his time with the young band.

He told Jagger Watch: "They were always funny about being photographed.

"Although you wouldn't think it to look at them, they hated it.

"When they go on tour, they have a designated slot for photographers and hacks, like the Royal Family, and then that's it, no more photos.

"They don't like it.

It's so funny because Mick is very, very arrogant, but for some reason he gets funny about having his photo taken."

Mr Townsend, who lives in Thamesmead, captured the Stones in 1963, just before they found fame and fortune.

Speaking about the latest images to emerge, he added: "They're not as early as mine. They are personal snap shots, not serious photographs. But I do like them.

"I'm glad they are going on display - so many people have such an interest in the Stones, I think it's important they go up."

Previously a small-time manager, Mr Bonis got his break when he became the Stones' tour manager, during their first US tours from 1964 to 1966.

The archive of photographs, which includes shots of The Beatles, is being held at the Not Fade Away Gallery in its inaugural show, 'The British Are Coming: The Beatles and The Rolling Stones 1964-66'. The show runs until April 14.

Mr Townsend added: "I was with them the year before those photos were taken, in 1963, just before they got really big.

"I fell out with their then manager Andrews Loog over Keith's girlfriend, Linda Keith, because she went into rehab and I took a photograph of her and sold it to the Daily Mirror.

"Then another photographer was drafted in to replace me because of our fall-out, so I kind of missed out there - they were massive by that point."

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AN award wining singer is to take on the work of legendary songbird Edith Piaf.

English jazz vocalist Tina May is due to perform the music of France's national icon at the Mick Jagger Centre on Saturday at 8pm.

The set will include such treasures as 'Je ne regrette rien', 'Milord', 'La vie en rose' and 'Hymne à l'amour'.

For tickets, priced £16 or £14 concession, call the MJC box office on 01322 291100.

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