Controversial Stones Cover Finally Turned Down by Label

"It's been a complete waste of energy," says Jagger

December 7, 1968
Rolling Stones Keith Richards Mick Jagger Brian Jones BIll Wyman Charlie Watts
The original rejected album cover artwork of The Rolling Stone's 1968 album 'Beggar's Banquet'.
GAB Archive/Redferns

LONDON—"I've lost interest in that situation," says Mick Jagger of the controversy over the Stones' proposed bathroom-graffiti album cover, which has been finally turned down by Decca/London Records in favor of a simple and uncontroversial one.

"It's been a complete waste of energy," Mick told the New Musical Express. "We agreed to them using a different sleeve in the end and it still hasn't been realized yet. They change their minds all the time about it – come and go!"

Unofficial word from London Records, however, is that Beggar's Banquet will be released in a matter of days, some time around November 20th. The new cover will be an open invitation card to join the "beggar's banquet"—vividly and dingily illustrated on the inside cover.

Jagger promises a new single by Christmastime, perhaps featuring the sound of his newly-bought Moog Synthesizer. Says Mick, "I haven't written anything yet, but we'll do it the usual way by getting it together in the studio at the time."

This story is from the December 7, 1968 issue of Rolling Stone.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Long Walk Home”

Bruce Springsteen | 2007

When the subject of this mournful song returns home, he hardly recognizes his town. Springsteen told Rolling Stone the alienation the man feels is a metaphor for life in a politically altered post-9/11 America. “Who would have ever thought we’d live in a country without habeas corpus?” he said. “That’s Orwellian. That’s what political hysteria is about and how effective it is. I felt it in myself. You get frightened for your family, for your home. And you realize how countries can move way off course, very far from democratic ideals.”

More Song Stories entries »