Intimate photos of the Rolling Stones, John Lennon and other stars by Michael Putland

According to Michael Putland himself, he didn't have days off in the 70s. The renowned music photographer has been capturing rock stars up close for four decades. Rolling Stones, John Lennon, David Bowie - among the heroes of his pictures are many popular musicians of that time. 

Intimate photos of the Rolling Stones, John Lennon and other stars by Michael Putland

Intimate photos of the Rolling Stones, John Lennon and other stars by Michael Putland

Mick Jagger and his wife Bianca sleep during a morning flight after a concert in Berlin, 1973. Michael Putland then traveled with the group as their photographer.

Intimate photos of the Rolling Stones, John Lennon and other stars by Michael Putland

Three rock goddesses: Chrissie Hynde from The Pretenders, Deborah Harry from Blondie and Vivienne Albertine from The Slits. 1980.

Intimate photos of the Rolling Stones, John Lennon and other stars by Michael Putland

This is how serious Michael Putland captured John Lennon during his interview for Beat magazine at the central office of the record company Apple Records.

Intimate photos of the Rolling Stones, John Lennon and other stars by Michael Putland

The real fathers of rock and roll: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards with Keith's son, 4-year-old Marlon, during a soundcheck before a concert at London's Wembley Stadium, 1973.

Intimate photos of the Rolling Stones, John Lennon and other stars by Michael Putland

Mick Jagger at the opening of the Hem and Fringe store, London, 1965.

Intimate photos of the Rolling Stones, John Lennon and other stars by Michael Putland

Susie Sue is resting, London, 1980. According to her, this photo shoot, held in her apartment in the London district of Marylebone, became one of her favorites.

Intimate photos of the Rolling Stones, John Lennon and other stars by Michael Putland

Tom Waits walks along Portobello Road in London, 1976.

Intimate photos of the Rolling Stones, John Lennon and other stars by Michael Putland

This photo of T. Rex lead singer Marc Bolan was taken at the peak of his fame, during recording at the studio located in the Chateau d'Herouville is near Paris. Putland remembers him as "a very nice, but a little arrogant guy."

Intimate photos of the Rolling Stones, John Lennon and other stars by Michael Putland

Rolling Stones during the filming of the video for their song It's Only Rock 'n Roll, London, 1974. According to Putland, the start of filming was delayed because Keith Richards was seriously late. "The whole room was filled with foam, and we almost drowned in it," Michael recalls.

Intimate photos of the Rolling Stones, John Lennon and other stars by Michael Putland

Mick Jagger with Bob Marley and The Wailers band member Peter Tosh backstage at the Palladium Theater in New York, 1978. "The photo was taken at the moment when Mick had just finished his performance. He looks very happy, and the atmosphere there was great then," recalls Michael Putland.

Intimate photos of the Rolling Stones, John Lennon and other stars by Michael Putland

Keith Richards was thinking about something while sitting on the bus. Great Britain, 1982.

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