I don't remember what year it was 1966-67, but I could fit comfortably in the way back, as we called it, of my parents Volkswagon. With my parents in the front, and my two sisters in the back seat. I remember us driving around the Korbel Winery bend near Guerneville, California listening to "Satisfaction" on the radio. With my father singing the lyrics, we all quickly learned the chorus and joined in. We pulled into Rio Nido with the radio blaring and the family singing. I didn't know who Mick Jagger or Keith Richards were at the time, but I sure loved that song.
In the years to come, not only would I meet them, be granted permission to photograph them anywhere in the world I happened to be (i.e. Hawaii, Seattle, Las Vegas, and Amsterdam to name a few), as well as being fortunate enough to be welcome in their closely guarded camp.
In 2002, I had a falling out with their press people in New York, after I was told I could not be accommodated becuase I had photographed them in Switzerland without permission, and for streaming a bootleg version of "You Don't Have To Mean It" from my site. I was promoting the new live album, not the bootleg or bootleging. It was when I photographed the band anyways from the crowd, the way I had in 1978 and 1981, that's when all hell broke loose. Seems Tony King, Mick Jagger's manager (the one who was responsible for allowing me to photograph them in the first place) felt my standing up for myself, as well as accommodating myself was enough to have me exiled. Someone close to their organization later told me, "James they loved your photography and what you were doing with your website, Mr King just didn't like your arrogant behavior".
On November 13th 2005, I photographed them for the last time as well as retired from photographing rock bands/music experiences. I probably should have chose the 12th to retire. After we ho chi meng'd down to the stage, a brawl broke out with security. I nearly lost my Nikon F3, the film in it, as well as the Nikon 180mm 2.8 lens.
To this day, I have nothing but love, respect and admiration for their music, and the utmost respect for the band members as well as Mr. King. I only photographed them due to the love of their music, becuase I loved photographing musicians, and becuase so many people around the world enjoyed the photographs. I would post them on my site, as well as give others permission to post them on theirs, and not for any other rea$on$. That's the truth as I know it, the whole truth and nothing but the truth…so help I Jah.