The Rolling Stones are turning 50 years old this year and to celebrate they commissioned a design from Shepard Fairey (of Hope and Obey fame). Steven Heller talked to Fairey about his design, which played on the incredibly iconic Lips logo, while leaving the lips alone.
The original design was created in 1970 by a student at the Royal College of Art in London, John Pasche:
Mick showed me an image of the Goddess Kali which became the starting point to our discussion regarding the design of the logo. I was paid £50 for the design, which took me about a week to complete. In 1972 I was paid an additional £200 in recognition of the logo’s success.
The design concept for the Tongue was to represent the band’s anti-authoritarian attitude, Mick’s mouth and the obvious sexual connotations.
To explore the connection of rock music and art further:
Sympathy for the devil : art and rock and roll since 1967 / Dominic Molon – N72.M8 M65 2007
The art of rock : posters from Presley to Punk / Paul D. Grushkin – ML3534 .G78 1987 OVERSIZE
Rock art : CDs, albums & posters / by Spencer Drate – NC1883.3.D73 A4 1993
Fucked up + photocopied : instant art of the punk rock movement / Bryan Ray Turcotte & Christopher T. Miller – ML3534 .T863 1999
Cross-overs : art into pop/pop into art / by John A. Walker – ML3849 .W285 1987
Obey : supply & demand : the art of Shepard Fairey – N6537.F316 O24 2006