After our post on John Pasche’s design and subsequent sale of the Rolling Stones logo (above), rumours began to circulate that Pasche had been offered a place in the band and even that the Stones had bought his house for him. We have the truth…
The story, which was put out on Popbitch and repeated elsewhere went thusly:
“John Pasche, the creator and seller of the Rolling Stones’ lips logo, is meant to have only received £50 for his design. Not so. That may have been the cash that exchanged at the time but there was more: a promise that if they were still going in ten years time and using the logo, John could join the band. Ten years passed but instead of letting him join (the man is SO quiet) they bought him a rather grand house in Oxshott instead where he still lives.”
The tale gathered such pace that, today, Pasche tells us, he was even doorstepped by the Daily Mail.
Unfortunately, the story’s not true. There was no offer of a place in the band and, although Pasche does live in Oxshott, the house wasn’t bought for him by the band. In short the story “truly is a load of old tosh,” Pasche told us.
He did, however, get a bit more money out of the Stones. Some years after originally designing the logo, the band paid Pasche an extra £250 to cover its use on merchandise.
Sorry to be such a killjoy…