50 years on and still rocking…

This year is my 50th year as a professional photographer. But more importantly, today is also the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones first gig at the Marquee Club in London. To celebrate our mutual longevity, I thought it might be appropriate to again post my picture of Mick Jagger, taken at the Hyde Park free concert on July 5, 1969.

Mick Jagger, Hyde Park free concert, July 5, 1969. © Rob Walls 1969

Brian Jones had died only two days previously and this was the first concert for replacement guitarist, Mick Taylor. And so here we are both still rocking on 50 years down the track…long may we continue…

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15 responses to “50 years on and still rocking…

  1. Congratulations old Boy….I hope you intend to celebrate!

    • I need little excuse to celebrate, David and take a dim view of anniversaries based on a zero in the number; “the big five oh” and all that crap. It’s my “big seven oh” in six weeks and I think I’ll mark it by hibernating for at least two years to emerge and celebrate my big seven two, or something like that. In the meantime perhaps we can catch up next time I head north and just celebrate being still on our feet:-) Best to you…

  2. i’ll always help yuh celebrate mr walls …!x

  3. A photographer’s life indeed!! 🙂

    • Hey Dave…the photographer’s life is a rollercoaster ride, but if you an hang on, as you know, it’s a lot of fun. If you ever get down to the south give me a call.

      • Gidday Rob.
        Its a ride indeed.
        Hard work, never ending and hanging on for all its worth.
        The deep south is on my bucket list lol, so would be lurvely to see you…..soon-ish wif luck;)
        Thanks for the works! 🙂

  4. Reblogged this on janisdaniela and commented:
    This year is my 50th year as a professional photographer. But more importantly, today is also the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones first gig at the Marquee Club in London. To celebrate our mutual longevity, I thought it might be appropriate to again post my picture of Mick Jagger, taken at the Hyde Park free concert on July 5, 1969.

  5. What an incredible time to be a photographer! Rock on! I’d still be excited to see them today. What wonderful memories.

  6. george

    Good on you Rob (only 50) Hope all is well
    Nice pic but then again I would expect that from you
    George

  7. Well done Rob 50 years !!!!……you are a great role model for making photos continue to pay, work and roll over….and share your passion for it, experience and knowledge for all
    things photography and otherwise…well my role model anyway …….all the best for many more years to come…..cheers Michael

    • Thank you, Michael. “Role model”? So it’s come to that has it:-). Let me tell you, my deep dark secret is that it’s the energy and creativity of younger photographers like yourself that inspires and energizes me.

      In the way of older men ever at risk of repeating themselves, about 30 years ago I recall Simon Cowling and I enthusing over a series of pictures by Norman Parkinson. Parkinson was then 70. We were so impressed that a photographer was still working at that age. Now, for me, here it is. It’s still good!

  8. Hal Hewett

    I was there with you that day and years prior and you still retain the same
    passion, enthusiasm, joy and love which you are only too willing to share with others who, if they are anything like me, are intensely grateful for. I know you will always keep the flame burning and that generous spirit warms me and I’m sure all your friends and acquaintances. Hal

  9. Hal, It’s been a long, valued and inspiring friendship since we met in PNG all those years ago…but that doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten you making me watch that execrable film, “Lady in Cement” in Notting Hill around the time I took that picture:-)? I’ve a long memory. Hope to see you soon…

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