The Faces Unveil their First Book with an Exhibition of Photos, and New Paintings by Ronnie Wood

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At Genesis House Gallery & Reading Rooms, two heroes of contemporary rock music have come together to announce the launch of their new book: FACES 1969-75. The legendary guitarist of the Jeff Beck Group, Faces and the Rolling Stones - Ronnie Wood - has joined fellow band mate, former drummer for the Small Faces, Faces, and The Who - Kenney Jones - to unveil the Faces’ first official book.

Ronnie Wood and Kenney Jones at the launch of FACES 1969-75 at Genesis Publications, UK. Photo: Ross Halfin 2011

Ronnie Wood and Kenney Jones at the launch of FACES 1969-75 at Genesis Publications, UK. Photo: Ross Halfin 2011

SLASH: 'One of Britain's greatest contributions to rock'n'roll, the Faces' brand of pub swagger had the right combination of grit, charm, mischief, soul, style and wicked sense of humour, to make them one of the most iconic bands of all time.'

A new 8-week exhibition commemorates the book’s launch: Nearly 100 pages are blown up and reproduced on Genesis’s gallery walls. Visitors are invited to stroll through the Faces’ glory years from the band’s First Step in 1969 to their eventual split in 1975. Also on display are 5 new paintings by Ronnie Wood, seen for the very first time. Entitled ‘The Famous Flames Suite’ – the paintings capture the Rolling Stones in performance.

KENNEY JONES: ‘Making the book we went through so many photos it brought back memories and, when we were finished, I looked through it, and it actually brought a tear to my eye. I thought it was just me but then I spoke to Woody and he said exactly the same thing had happened to him.’

RONNIE WOOD: ‘We were bored so much hanging around in places where they didn’t even know how to make a salad... It’s amazing how such great things can come out of being bored.’

Among hundreds of guests attending Genesis Publications new gallery, Ronnie and Kenney were also joined by new Faces frontman, Mick Hucknall and British Pop Artist Sir Peter Blake.

Visitors are invited to view copies of the Faces new limited edition. The book itself is lovingly created; bound in purple suede, the band’s story is illustrated with over 200 photographs and assorted items of memorabilia such as song lyric sheets, rare vinyl cover artwork and vintage tour posters. Hand-numbered and signed, the publication is dedicated to the memory of the late Ronnie Lane.

‘They were the older ex-mods the young kids looked up to I guess,’ writes Paul Weller in his Introduction, ‘Still interested in good clobber but had moved on from Carnaby Street fashions to Kings Road finery... The Faces were street smart, working class lads (trying to) make good. And that was a massive part of their appeal.’

Visits to Genesis House Gallery & Reading Rooms are by appointment. Details of invitation events – including weekend author book-signings – are to be announced. Members of the public interested in attending should log on to or contact Genesis directly.
Email: info(at)genesis-publications(dot)com Tel. +44(0)1483540970

For further information contact: Genesis Publications 2 Jenner Road, Guildford Surrey, England GU1 3PL T +44 (0) 1483 540 970 E info(at)genesis-publications(dot)com W


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