Rock'n'roll rebels The Rolling Stones celebrate five decadent decades

They are the longest-serving and arguably most successful band in rock'n'roll history – and on July 12 The Rolling Stones celebrate 50 years in the music business.

From their early days as a blues band, to their time at the top playing packed out stadiums, the band's career – including their raucous off stage behaviour and their string of girlfriends and wives – has been documented in a new ebook.

50 Years: The Rolling Stones – Views from the Inside, Views from the Outside has been put together by music journalist Hanspeter Kuenzler.

The two part collection re-tells the band's story using journalistic articles written about them over the years, and featuring interviews with band members past and present.

It also features over 150 photos of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Charlie Watts - and the other past members - some of which are featured below. 

the book is available through,, iTunes, and Barnes & Nobel

1964: one of the band's early portraits, (from left) Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Brian Jones, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman 

Mick Jagger sits next to his Nicaraguan bride Bianca Perez Moreno De Macias during their wedding ceremony at the small fisherman's church of St, Annes, Saint Tropez 

Keith Richards and his wife Anita Pallenberg and their two children at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival 

Mick is led away in handcuffs after a court case during which he was found guilty of unauthorised possession of drugs following a raid on Keith Richards' house 

The crowd goes wild in 1964 as Brian Jones launches into a solo during a gig at Alexandra Palace, London 

Drummer Charlie Watts looking dapper in 1984, Keith Richards rocking out in Chicago in 1987 and Bass guitarist Ronnie Wood is the image of Seventies cool in 1976, one year after he joined the band 

Another moody press shot from the band's early days