Beggar's Banquet will be the title of the next Rolling Stones album, Mick Jagger announced last week in London. The twelve tracks, which are nearly completed, are all Jagger-Richards compositions, including the already-released "Jumpin' Jack Flash" b/w "Child of the Moon." The album will feature Mick on guitar for the first time on records. Jagger said he hoped the release date of the record would coincide with his birthday, July 26.
The Stones recently went into the photography studio of David Bailey to do the album cover shots. The cover design will be simple, far different from the complex collages and three-dimensional photo of their last album. The music, too, as "Jumpin' Jack Flash" indicates, will be more in the Stones' usual bag, with little in the way of exotic instrumentation and complex studio effects.
Meanwhile, Brian Jones has been busted for possession of "Indian hemp." He was released until June 11 on £2,000 bail.
This story is from the July 6, 1968 issue of Rolling Stone.