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RIP Charlie Watts. Drummer supreme

1941–2021

Photo by Bent Rej, Sweden, 1965
Photo by Bent Rej, Sweden, 1965
A prodigiously gifted musician who shunned the limelight and a dapper English gent whose unflashy drumming for over 50 years provided the perfect backdrop for Mick and Keith to strut their stuff. He may have been a reluctant “rock star” but Charlie had an innate cool, a photogenic charisma that can be seen repeatedly in The Rolling Stones, the authorized and definitive photographic history of the band that was published by TASCHEN, as a SUMO sized limited edition signed by Mick, Keith, Charlie, and Ronnie in 2015, and in an updated trade edition in 2020. The man who kept the beat so impeccably will be missed.