Flea-Market Find!: Unknown Rolling Stones Photos From 1965 Showing at L.A.’s Dilettante Gallery

Brian Jones Diving, Savannah, GA

From Nowness, we see that Los Angeles’ Dilettante gallery is currently showing a collection of heretofore unknown, amazingly candid snapshots of the Rolling Stones on tour in the spring of 1965. Discovered by Lauren White at a flea market in Saugus, California, the images capture a fleeting moment of fragile possibility before the band’s career juggernaut began in earnest (it was during this tour that they recorded “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” in Hollywood). The uncredited photos show Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman in sunny repose as they lounge around motel pools in Clearwater, Florida, and Savannah, Georgia, during stops on a bus tour through the South. Equally compelling are the exhibition’s views of a vanished America, where air-conditioned rooms, a telephone and a television were selling points, and children could stay for free. Soon, the hits, the egos, the publicity and the limos got bigger, and days like these evaporated like the promise of the ’60s itself. “Found: Photographs of the Rolling Stones” is on display through October 26th.

Mick Shades 2, Clearwater, FL

Clockwise from top left: Keith Richards, Brian Sunbathing, Mick & Charlie Poolside 1, Mick & Charlie Poolside 2

The album they were promoting at the time, The Rolling Stones No. 2