The Rolling Stones Unzipped

The Rolling Stones, Anthony DeCurtis

An intimate and comprehensive volume tracing the incredible musical career and creative life of the Rolling Stones.

“As well as going back through our history we wanted everyone to experience and feel exactly what it’s like to be in the Rolling Stones.”

For almost 60 years the Rolling Stones have helped shape popular culture around the world. Unzipped traces their impact and influence on rock music, art, design, fashion, photography, and filmmaking. Packed with evocative archive photos, artworks, outtakes, and memorabilia, this stunning book immerses readers in the world of the Stones.

Peppered throughout with insightful new commentary by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, and Ronnie Wood, this volume also features a compelling introduction by Anthony De Curtis, as well as essays by Buddy Guy, Don Was, Anna Sui, John Varvatos, Martin Scorsese, Shephard Fairey, Patrick Woodroffe, and Willie Williams. In addition to stills from films, videos, and documentary footage, vivid photographic sections showcase the Stones’ musical instruments, their stage clothing, album cover designs, notebooks with lyrics, and tape boxes from the original recording sessions.

Bold, glamorous, and captivating, Unzipped is the perfect showcase for “the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band in the world.”


[A] fresh take on the band and its influence on pop culture… This book is sure to put a smile on the face of the rock fan on your holiday gift list.

— The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Wonderful… Of all the many Stones books, this well-rounded one provides behind-the-scenes satisfaction.

— Star Tribune

There are books about the Stones, there are books by the Stones… and there are books that, frankly, are the Stones. Or, at least, there are now… Unzipped is the visual equivalent of putting on your favorite clutch of Stonesian albums and just losing yourself for a day or so.

— Goldmine

A must for Stones' fans and really anyone who loves rock 'n' roll.


A lavish tribute to [the band's] iconography… A very plush, surprisingly eye-opening package, not unlike the Stones' musical body of work.

— Psychobabble

Presented in lavish and spectacular fashion, Unzipped traces not only the band's astounding musical career but also their indelible imprint on recording, clothing, art and design, filmmaking, and concert staging… There are lots of books about the Stones' career, but Unzipped takes it to another level in visually examining the band's reach not just in music but pop culture.

— Forbes


The Rolling Stones


The Rolling Stones-Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood—have all been interviewed specially for this book.

Anthony DeCurtis


Anthony DeCurtis is an author and music critic. He has written for the New York Times, Relix, and Rolling Stone, for which he is a contributing editor.