Back in 1964, to coincide with a new release from The Rolling Stones, the band’s fan club organised a huge ‘All Night Rave’ at London’s infamous Alexandra Palace. Below are some of the best images from the gig which marked The Rolling Stones as something very different.
The band played the huge gig on the eve of their single release ‘It’s All Over Now’, which was released at midnight on the 26th June 1964. Also on the bill that night were: John Lee Hooker, John Mayall, Alexis Korner, Millie & Five Members, and Jimmy Powell and the Five Dimensions.
While the Fab Four were still fresh-faced and fancy-free, The Rolling Stones represented the darker side of the pop invasion of the sixties. Founders Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards found themselves in front of a huge crowd, willing to go to war for the band. Brian Jones said in a statement after the rave: “As the excitement mounts girls surge down to the footlights, their screams swamping our amplifiers”
The band unwittingly held one of the first ever raves in London, and with it, sealed their reputation as one of the most unruly and uncompromising artists of rock and roll history. In the images, there are candid shots of sixties teens dancing their night away as well as perfect shots of Brian Jones, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in front of the baying crowd.
All photos by Frank Monaco.