The Selvedge Yard

The epic pic, “Flapjacks and a Fag.”  — The Rolling Stones’ Mick Taylor and Keith Richards, Hotel Manchester, September, 1973 — Photo by Laurens Van Houten


At the wee age of 20 years old, guitarist Mick Taylor (of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers fame) replaced Brian Jones, in what as that time the greatest rock and roll band in the world– the Rolling Stones.  Well the best was yet to come, as they went on to record the epic musical masterpieces– Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers and Exile On Main Street.

Then suddenly in ’74, Mick dropped out.  Some say he was kicked out– but Taylor simply had enough of the chaos, drugs, and strain that came with being in the Stones.  Had he stayed, Taylor adamantly believes that the Stones’ life of debauchery would have killed him.

Mick Taylor of the Rolling Stones


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