The infamous summer 1972 tour through the U.S. and Canada is recognized by Stones fans worldwide as arguably the bands greatest ever, and holds a place in the collective memoirs of rock lore and popular imagination as the masterpiece spectacle of indoor triumph, outdoor maelstrom, and backstage debauch. This photo is from their final show of the tour, which happened to take place on Mick's 29th birthday.
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Joe Sia was a shooting star, a genuine, hands-down, everyone-agrees-on-this star at shooting [photographs], and his departure from this planet in 2003 at the tender age of 57 was too soon for a man of his talent. Born in the Bronx and a committed Yankees man, Joe loved music and gravitated around the Fillmore East and the flower-power youth-culture rock scene from whence he set out to capture some of the most incredible sounds of the last half-century. How could Joe capture sounds on camera film? He did it by focusing on the faces of the performers and the woozing-oozing crowd and by giving the background, whether simple or wild, the importance it deserved in defining the artist and event. Sia's entire archive consists more than a quarter of a million photographs that document almost 35 years of music genre and giants.