Mick Jagger on The Rolling Stones US Tour, 1972
Amelia Davis: “Jim was the official life photographer for The Rolling Stones 1972 tour on the West Coast. It’s pretty incredible. We have a book coming out this fall through Chronicle Books called The Rolling Stones 1972. It’s the first posthumous book after Jim died.
"Jim’s body of work is enormous and there’s so many photos that Jim never printed or shared with the world. This book is just of his time with the Stones for the 1972 tour. A lot of them nobody has ever seen. But this particular shot has been seen and is in the book.
Jim was just really wonderful at kind of becoming a fly on the wall and being there for moments of when they had no idea he was there, and backstage.
"Jim was just really wonderful at kind of becoming a fly on the wall and being there for moments of when they had no idea he was there, and backstage. It was Mick Jagger just thinking about something and Jim just clicked it away. What’s great about all these photos is that you can really see that they’re unguarded and all the subjects-the musicians-felt very comfortable with Jim and he was very proud of that because that’s not easy to do. I think this photo was taken backstage at the LA Forum.
“That’s the reason we did the ‘Jack & Jim’ gallery because we partnered with Jack Daniels and Austin City Limits for the gallery. Jack Daniels was just the staple for all the rock 'n' rollers when they were touring and stuff. So we just had so many connections with Jack Daniels, the corporation itself collects Jim’s work. It’s too bad nothing like this happened when Jim was alive but we were able to do it after because we really wanted to do something together [with Jack Daniels]. When Austin City Limits at The Moody Theatre came about, Jack Daniels said we have the perfect venue to display Jim’s work it. It’s so perfect because those photos aren’t forced, they’re not fake, they’re just so natural.”