Photos © John Gellman. All rights reserved.
Hands down the best concert I’ve ever seen. Exile on Main Street had just been released when the Stones blew through Charlotte, North Carolina in July 1972. The Stones were in their prime, at their raunchy best. Fortunately, my parents were out of town, so everyone I knew drove down from Chapel Hill and spent the night partying at their house in Charlotte after the show. They never found out about this home invasion until I told them twenty years or so later, by which point it didn’t matter. I shot a couple rolls of Tri-X standing on a folding chair in the sixteenth row. (Thank you, Harry Smith, wherever you are.) It was a shaky situation, not ideal for photography, but I did manage not to fall and to get some good shots.