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Mick Jagger at The Rolling Stones' London HQ. The picture forms part of an exhibition, 'Let it Bleed: The Rolling Stones' 1969 US Tour', photography by Ethan Russell. It takes place at London's Proud Galleries, May 23 - July 20.

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The Rolling Stones on 'The Ed Sullivan Show'. Taken from a new exhibition dedicated to the work of photographer Ethan Russell, 'Let It Bleed: The Rolling Stones' 1969 US Tour,' which takes place at London's Proud Galleries, May 23 - July 20.

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The Rolling Stones at Madison Square Garden, 1969. The image forms part a new exhibition dedicated to the tour photography of Ethan Russell, 'Let It Bleed: The Rolling Stones' 1969 US Tour'.

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The Rolling Stones at Altamont, December 1969. Famously, a man was stabbed to death by Hells Angels while the band played the song 'Under My Thumb' (not 'Sympathy For The Devil' as popular myth would have it). What's less well known is that three other people died during the festival, which was attended by 300,000 people.

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Keith Richards and Mick Jagger on The Rolling Stones' 1969 US tour in support of the LP 'Let It Bleed'. Recording sessions for the album were overshadowed by the death of former guitarist Brian Jones. Controversially, Richards had "stolen" Jones' girlfriend Anita Pallenberg two years previously, in 1967.

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Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, backstage on The Rolling Stones' 1972 US tour, photographed by Ethan Russell. It's part of a new exhibition of Russell's work which takes places at London's Proud Galleries, 23 May - 20 July 2008.

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Mick Jagger crosses the Carmel River in Monterey County, California, during downtime on The Rolling Stones' 1969 US tour.

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Keith Richards relaxing at Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles, during The Rolling Stones' 1969 US tour. It was the biggest tour the band had yet undertaken. Each night they were introduced on stage as "the greatest rock and roll band in the world".

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