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    Brian Jones 1963 ALS- The History of the Rolling Stones A nine page autographed letter signed on blue paper, 5.5" x 7", dated April 4, 1963 from 102 Edith Grove in London (the flat Mick, Keith and Brian shared) in which group leader (at that time) Brian Jones writes out the entire story of the Rolling Stones. Absolutely amazing content with brief biographical sketches of the members, a history of how they were formed, their current performances, recordings, and their plans for the future. It is written to Doreen Pettifer (original mailing envelope included) and starts out: "Dear Doreen, Many thanks for your letter and for the great interest you have shown in the band. It is very gratifying that you should be so willing to help us to the extent you are doing so. Some information:-..." Brian then lists the personnel with a brief biographical sketch of each. At this point in Rolling Stones history, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts had joined the band, and Ian Stewart was still a member. Jones continues: "Formation & History. The band is really an amalgamation of two bands. The one being one I formed about a year ago, & the other being a group run by Mick & Keith in S.E. London. I was introduced to Keith & we decided to pool our resources, so with Stu from my band, and Mick from Keith's we became the nucleus of the 'Stones"." Brian continues with a history of their early gigs and personnel additions and brags that "We have, I may add, a habit of breaking attendance records." Regarding their recordings: "We have signed an agreement with an independent recording company, I.B.C., who channel their releases through the major company labels. We have already cut quite a few sides, all on the commercial side. We ourselves do not know how negotiations for release are progressing at the moment." Actually, it would only be about two months before their first single, a cover of Chuck Berry's "Come On," would be released. The letter then goes on to discuss the blues and jazz and even gives the correspondent the phone number for Ian Stewart, in case she needs to get in touch with them. He closes: "Once again, we thank you for your interest in Rhythm and Blues and ourselves. It's wonderful music and deserves more recognition. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you on the 19th. Yours Sincerely, Brian Jones. for "Rolling Stones"

    Brian Jones wasn't the group's lead singer, guitar soloist, or their songwriter, but his attitude and stage performances did much to define their early "Bad Boy" image while his photogenic good looks made the band more commercially viable. His skills on a variety of instruments (i.e. the sitar on "Paint It Black" and the recorder on "Ruby Tuesday") gave their sound an eclectic edge that was never matched after his departure. Jones left the band on June 8, 1969, ostensibly for musical reasons, but rumors flew that he was fired because his heavy drug use and womanizing were making him undependable. Less than a month later, he was found dead, drowned in his own swimming pool. This significant letter is in fine condition with very minor ink smearing in a couple of places, original mailing folds, envelope included.


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