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Rolling Stones debut new 50th anniversary tongue logo
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By Patrick Doyle
RollingStone

"It's quite amazing when you think about it," Mick Jagger told Rolling Stone late last year, discussing the Rolling Stones' 50th anniversary. In honor of the occasion, the band asked artist Shepard Fairey to update their iconic tongue logo with a sleek new design.

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The tongue was first used on the "Sticky Fingers" album sleeve in 1971 and designed by John Pasche, a student at the Royal College of Art in London. Pasche was commissioned in 1969 by Jagger, who was unhappy with the designs provided by the Stones' label, Decca Records. "The design concept for the tongue was to represent the band's anti-authoritarian attitude, Mick's mouth and the obvious sexual connotations," Pasche later said. "I designed it in such a way that it was easily reproduced and in a style I thought could stand the test of time."

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Today, even Jagger is surprised at how far the band has come. "It's a very different group than the one that played 50 years ago," he said. "When I think about it, one part of me goes, 'We're slightly cheating,' because it's not the same band -- still the same name, but it's only Keith and myself that are the same people, I think. I've tried to find out when Charlie [Watts'] first gig was [but can't]. But it's an amazing achievement. It's fantastic, and I'm very proud of it."

Here's hoping we'll see the logo onstage later this year.

More from Rollingstone.com:
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Rolling Stones Gather to Plot 50th Anniversary Bash
Rolling Stones' 50th Anniversary Tour Pushed Back to 2013

20Comments
Jun 30, 2012 8:05PM
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obviosly alot of non stones fans posting here, you should stick to beiber if you do not know good musis like the stones
Jun 29, 2012 7:07AM
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I know it's only rock'n roll, but I like it...like it...yes, I do!!!
Jun 29, 2012 6:44AM
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The Rolling Stones really are the greatest band on earth.   Simply put, but true.
Jun 29, 2012 6:13AM
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remember that song...too much blood! ... i like that song

and ... monkey man! ...ehhh you probably forgot!

 

ehhh too many to think about it hurts

Jun 29, 2012 6:07AM
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They should have added the Grateful Dead logo

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