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Beatles and Rolling Stones on Tour: See Rare Candid Photos

Paul flies, John tunes and Mick strips down in these intimate, often goofy, shots from the mid-Sixties

Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger

(c) The Bob Bonis Archive/bobbonis.com

Last month, 30 rare photographs of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones went up for sale on eBay. The shots came from the private collection of Bob Bonis, the tour manager for both bands from 1964 to 1966. Over the next two years, the Bonis Archive will be making more available to the public. Here, check out some of the best shots – relaxed, unposed behind-the-scenes photos of the rock icons working, playing and lounging by the pool.

George Harrison

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While His Guitar Gently Tunes

Harrison, also a fan of the Epiphone Casino, tunes on a craft service table before the band performs at Philadelphia's JFK Stadium.

Mick Jagger

(c) The Bob Bonis Archive/bobbonis.com

Start Him Up

On May 7th, 1965, the same day that this photo was taken, Jagger and Richards wrote "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." The night prior, the iconic guitar riff had come to Richards in a dream, and he sleepily recorded its notes on the cassette recorder he took with him on the road. In the morning, the guitarist awoke to find a tape with the famous riff (which he originally intended to replace with horns) and a half mumbled title, followed by about 40 minutes of snoring.

Paul McCartney

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In the Sky With Soda

On August 21st, 1966, the Beatles played two cities on the same day, making up a rain-out at Crosely Field in Cincinnati before flying to St. Louis for an evening show at Busch Memorial Stadium. 

Jagger Richards

(c) The Bob Bonis Archive/bobbonis.com

Old Friends

Jagger and Richards have known each other since the fall of 1950, growing up a street apart in Dartford, Kent, England. Here, they lounge in a Los Angeles motel room during their third U.S. tour. 

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