by Cecil Beaton
C-type colour print, 9 October 1968
15 1/4 in. x 15 7/8 in. (388 mm x 403 mm)
Acquired, 1985 in conjunction with the exhibition 'Stars of the British Screen'
Sitterback to top
- Sir Michael Philip ('Mick') Jagger (1943-), Singer and composer; lead vocalist for the Rolling Stones. Sitter in 67 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Cecil Beaton (1904-1980), Photographer, designer and writer. Artist or producer associated with 1112 portraits, Sitter associated with 361 portraits.
This portraitback to top
On June 19 1968 the Stones were back at No.1 in the charts with Jumpin Jack Flash. In September Jagger started work on the film Performance, directed by Nicolas Roeg and Donald Cammell. The film's soundtrack included the song Memo to Turner written by Jagger and Richards, and performed by Jagger in the film. Performance also starred James Fox and Anita Pallenberg, then the girlfriend of Keith Richards. Initially considered to be controversial, the film was not released until 1970.
Placesback to top
- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (On set of the film 'Performance', London)
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Mick Jagger: Young in the 60s (3 May 2011 - 27 November 2011)
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1968back to top
Current affairsEnoch Powell delivers his 'Rivers of Blood' speech in Birmingham in opposition to anti-discrimination legislation and immigration from the commonwealth. The speech is usually regarded as racist and blamed for stirring up racial prejudice. Powell was sacked from the shadow cabinet as a result, but received considerable public approval at the time for his views.
Fay Sislin becomes England first black woman police officer.
Art and scienceBeaton Portraits is the first ever photographic exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. Under the directorship of Roy Strong, the exhibition introduced a new, theatrical approach to display, and was so popular that the national press reported on the length of queues to get in and it had to be extended twice.
InternationalCivil unrest escalates in France as student protesters, joined by striking workers, clash with the police. The events came to represent the conflict between the new, liberalised, left-wing generation and the forces of authority and conservatism. French protests were mirrored by others abroad including the Prague Spring in Czechoslovakia, where political liberalisation was achieved for a few months before the country was invaded by the Soviet Union.
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