A new official book, The Rolling Stones: On Air In The Sixties, is published by Harper Collins on September 8. It will chronicle the band’s radio and TV appearances during the first decade of their stardom – something that’s obviously been covered in huge detail, but not in one specific volume. 

The book, which is subtitled TV and Radio History As It Happened, and the Harper Collins’ description says: “From their first television appearance on Thank Your Lucky Stars!, sporting matching houndstooth suits at the insistence of manager Andrew Loog Oldham, to the louche rockers who performed at a televised free concert in London’s Hyde Park in 1969, The Rolling Stones on Air in the Sixties reveals, year-by-year, how the group rose from obscurity to dominate rock-and-roll.

“Throughout, the Stones look back at their career-defining broadcasts, sharing their individual recollections about the music, the clothes, the fans, the rivals and friends, and the impact they had on the generational divide and the world around them.”

The book includes a letter Brian Jones wrote to the BBC in January 1963, requesting an audition for the “Rollin’ Stones Rhythm and Blues Band”. The following story is told through interviews, photographs and documents from the era. The companion DVD will feature “recently discovered, never-before-released footage of the Stones on TV, in front of and behind the cameras.”

The Stones have yet to confirm when they will release their first album of new material since 2005’s A Bigger Bang. The record is reportedly all but done, but was postponed in 2016 and the covers album, the spontaneously cut Blue & Lonesome, was released instead.

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