On May 24, 2013, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, will unveil a new, two-story retrospective exhibit titled "Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction." Among the artifacts to be included in the Rolling Stones exhibit is the original collage art design that would appear in the inner gatefold sleeve of the group's Their Satanic Majesties Request.
Their Satanic Majesties Request was a psychedelic response to the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, which was released seven months prior to the Stones' effort in 1967. With psychedelia in full-swing, 1967 proved an eventful year for the Rolling Stones – most infamously following the arrests of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards on drug charges following a police raid during a party at the latter's Redlands home in Sussex. Among those also in attendance, though not detained, was Richards' friend and photographer Michael Cooper.
Throughout the Sixties, Cooper, a fixture on the London art and music scenes, captured many iconic images of artists, including the Beatles, Eric Clapton and Marianne Faithfull. However, arguably his most candid images came from his time with the Stones. (pictured, left: original collage art for Their Satanic Majesties Request)
Cooper worked with artist Peter Blake on creating the famous cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, so it seemed only fitting – especially given his existing friendships – that he be tapped to help with the Stones' Their Satanic Majesties Request. The album was designed and photographed by Cooper, while the back cover illustration was created by Tony Meeviwiffen. The trippy cover photo was credited as "built by the rolling stones, michael cooper, and artchie at pictorial productions, mount vernon, n.y."
The lenticular 3D cover image – originally planned to cover the entire album sleeve – proved too costly to produce despite being released as a smaller image in the album's center. It was later replaced with a photograph, in which headshots of the Fab Four – George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr – are hidden among the art that surrounds the four Rolling Stones featured on the cover (Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman). The album, produced by the Rolling Stones and engineered by 2012 Hall of Fame Inductee Glyn Johns, peaked at Number Two on Billboard's Top LP's chart, where it remained for six weeks.