Rolling back the years

Rock art Renowned fan­tasy artist Rod­ney Matthews re­vis­its his clas­sic Rolling Stone art­work for a spe­cial col­lec­tor’s an­thol­ogy

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Il­lus­tra­tor Rod­ney Matthews found a sur­pris­ing place in The Rolling Stones’ his­tory when his iconic art­work An­other Time, An­other Place was used with­out credit dur­ing a tour by the group. The pic­ture has now been reimag­ined for a com­pi­la­tion of live and rare per­for­mances.

An­other Time, An­other Place was first re­leased as a poster by the Big O Poster Com­pany be­tween 1976 and 1978. Rod­ney set­tled on the idea of de­pict­ing the Rolling Stones as fan­tasy war­riors, be­cause he saw them as the bad boys of rock. “They were ‘stone’ faced most of them time, though I man­aged to get a smile out of Jag­ger and Richards in the pic­ture,” he says. “A bird could take a Bea­tle home to show her mum, but not a Rolling Stone.”

De­spite be­ing ini­tially trou­bled to learn that the im­age was used with­out ac­knowl­edg­ing him dur­ing a US tour in the mid-80s, Rod­ney can now take it as a com­pli­ment. “It was enor­mously flat­ter­ing and the mo­men­tary thought of su­ing The Rolling Stones was ban­ished in favour of feel­ings of – ahem – sat­is­fac­tion,” he says.

Rep­re­sent­ing an ear­lier style of his paint­ing process, the poster was first out­lined with a Rotring pen on hard­sur­faced art­board and coloured with pig­mented ink and an air­brush. How­ever, the re­worked art­work, dubbed An­other Time, An­other Place II, had to in­clude Brian Jones in place of Ron­nie Wood.

“Sarah, my PA, Googled some im­ages, so that I was able to paint the head of Brian Jones and Pho­to­shop it into the ex­ist­ing pic­ture,” Rod­ney ex­plains. “At first Brian’s bonce looked too pho­to­graphic, so I had to rough it up a bit to fit in.”

Lim­ited edi­tion prints of An­other Time, An­other Place II are avail­able to or­der now at

The com­pi­la­tion cover from Coda Pub­lish­ing will be named af­ter the orig­i­nal art­work.

Rod­ney thinks The Rolling Stones have en­dured be­cause they’ve be­come part of the English aris­toc­racy.

An­other Time, An­other Place orig­i­nally fea­tured Ron­nie Wood, who re­placed Brian Jones in the band.

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