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Glimmer Twins and House Fires: Inside ‘Rolling Stones 50’

Stones’ new photo book features rare shots of group’s long career

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From The Rolling Stones 50 by the Rolling Stones. Photographs courtesy Mirrorpix. Copyright 2012 Thames & Hudson Ltd, London. Text copyright 2012 The Rolling Stones. Published in the US by Hyperion. Available where books are sold. All Rights Reserved.

The Rolling Stones are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year with shows in London and New Jersey, new music and a new photo book. The publication, Rolling Stones 50, was released last week; it chronicles the band's epic rise from pub group to stadium giants and includes outtakes from the early-morning Between the Buttons album cover shoot ("We had been recording all night at Olympic Studios," recalls Charlie Watts), Seventies party Polaroids and live shots of their mega-tours, from Tattoo You to A Bigger Bang. Click through to check out some of the book's best photographs.

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From The Rolling Stones 50 by the Rolling Stones. Photographs courtesy Mirrorpix.

The Glimmer Twins (January 11th, 1977)

Keith and Mick have been known as the Glimmer Twins since 1974. "Mick, me and our ladies took a boat to Rio that was full of these upper-class English people, all drinking like mad, pink gins and pink champagne, crowding the bar," recalls Keith. "I was dressed at the time in a diaphanous djellaba, Mexican shoes and a tropical army hat. After a while, they discovered who we were and became very perturbed. They started asking us questions: 'What are you really trying to do?' and 'Do try to explain what this whole thing is about!' We never answered them and, after a few days, one woman stepped forward from the group and said, 'We've been asking you for days and you just won't say. Can't you give us just a glimmer?' Mick turned to me and said, 'We're the Glimmer Twins.'"

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