50 Years, 50 Albums 1971: Rolling Stones ‘Sticky Fingers’

50 Years, 50 Albums 1971: Rolling Stones ‘Sticky Fingers’

Welcome to Week 1 of our yearlong 50th Anniversary Celebration. This week, we celebrate the year we went on the air, 1971.

Sticky Fingers was the first album on “Rolling Stones Records” which first featured the Lips and Tongue logo. It also gave the band complete control over the music and artwork. Sticky Fingers album cover was designed by Andy Warhol, with a real working zipper which when unzipped revealed a pair of tighty whities. Everyone thought it was Mick Jagger’s crotch. While Mick was around for that photo shoot, according to Andy it was one of his models and not Mick. They removed the zipper when it started to damage other albums during shipping. A classic from the Stones that sounds as good today as when it came out.

Learn more about the album:

Keith Richards tells the story of Sticky Fingers

The drug-fueled making of the album

Read a great review of the album

Essential video:

Listen to the album:

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