I retype the letter sent by Mick Jagger to Andy Warhol, a leading figure of the pop art movement, when ordering artwork for a new Rolling Stones album. Custom Motorcycle Builders, wishing you that all your clients who order a custom bike talk to you in the same terms used by Mick Jagger. Clients, be our Mick Jagger, you will get a better bike.
April 21st, 1969.
Andy Warhol, 33 Union Square NY, NY 1003
Dear Andy, I’m really pleased you can do the artwork for our new hits album. Here are 2 boxes of material which you can use, and the record. In my short sweet experience, the more complicated the format of the album, e.g. more complex than just pages or fold-out, the more fucked-up the reproduction and agonizing the delays. But having said that, I leave it in your capable hands to do whatever you want……..and please write back saying how much money you would like. Doubtless, a Mr. Al Steckler will contact you in New York with any further information…He will probably look nervous and say “Hurry Up”, but take little notice. Love, Mick Jagger.
Unfortunately I don’t own this historic letter (but own a Jagger signed picture). But to all those who intend to order a custom bike, follow my advice. Take the time to choose and know your Builder. You hired the Builder to do what he or she does best. Pay him or her well, get the hell out of the way and don’t obsess. And be happy with what you get. Cyril.