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The Rolling Stones pay tribute following the death of Robert Frank


Robert Frank, the American-Swiss photographer and documentary maker, has died at the age of 94.

According to a statement released by his family, Frank passed away on September 9, 2019, at his home in Nova Scotia.

Frank, who released his pioneering book The Americans in 1958, went on to create the controversial Rolling Stones documentary Cocksucker Blues in 1972. The film, which shows the Stones on tour and engaging in heavy drug use, group sex and more, is arguably Frank’s most well known project.

When speaking about the documentary, Frank once said: “It was great to watch them—the excitement,” on reflection. “But my job was after the show. What I was photographing was a kind of boredom. It’s so difficult being famous. It’s a horrendous life. Everyone wants to get something from you,” he added.

Now, in the wake of Frank’s passing, the band have released an official statement: “We’re very sad to hear the news that the visionary photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank has died.

“Robert collaborated with us on a number of projects including the cover design of Exile on Main Street and [he] directed the Cocksucker Blues documentary. He was an incredible artist whose unique style broke the mould. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.”