Christopher Sykes introduced by Alex Ross


In 1975, Christopher Sykes was commissioned by the biggest rock ā€˜nā€™ roll band in the world to photograph the behind and onstage action of what was then the largest and most decadent concert tour ever mounted known as the Tour of the Americas or T.O.T.A.

For three months Sykes lived and toured with the Rolling Stones, hanging out with them in their hotel rooms, backstage and on their plane, The Starship. “Arriving on the tour, which had already been in progress for ten days, in the middle of mid-America, in Milwaukee, Kansas, felt rather like my first day at school,” remembers Sykes. This illustrated talk captures the intimacy of the relationships within the band and manages to transmit the electric atmosphere of those ground-breaking concerts.