This iconic artwork for the Rolling Stones’ logo provides a key link between pop art, design, popular music, performance and British culture at the end of the 1960s – arguably the most innovative decade in UK for graphic design and pop music.

Its pop art-derived simplicity combined with its overt anti-authoritarianism has meant that it has been copied, reworked and parodied in countless ways. The use of sensuous Jagger-like lips and the anti-authoritarian tongue matched the identity of the Rolling Stones perfectly. However, the origin of the design was a picture of the Indian Goddess Kali. This work greatly enhances the rock and pop section of the V&AÂ’s Performance Collection.


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