The Rolling Stones “Beggars Banquet” Dirty Bathroom Toilet Album Cover Location

The Rolling Stones album “Beggars Banquet” was released on Decemeber 6, 1968 in a plain white cover imitating an invitation card, complete with an RSVP.

The Rolling Stones Beggars Banquet Album Cover Toilet

The reason for the plain album cover was because the original album cover (a graffiti covered bathroom) was rejected by both Decca Records in England and London Records in the United States.  The band initially refused to change the cover and after several months of delays, The Stones eventually gave in and released the album with the plain cover.

Here is the original album cover they wanted…

The Rolling Stones Beggars Banquet Bathroom Toilet Hollywood

The photo was taken by Barry Feinstein in a tiny bathroom at a Porsche repair shop above Hollywood Blvd. and Cahuenga Blvd.  Here’s a google street view of the building I assume the photo was taken at…

The Rolling Stones Beggars Banquet Bathroom Hollywood Blvd. Cahuenga Blvd.

Of the second photo shoot Michael Vosse said,

“The designers brought Mick Jagger and Keith Richards to the site but did not tell them how vile this bathroom was; there was about an inch and a half of thick dark liquid on the floor…the boys arrived in velvet suits and expensive Italian shoes and waded into the muck.”

The front cover having already been photographed, the designers “gave Mick and Keith crayons and felt pens and they wrote the credits and everything else on the back cover.

The Rolling Stones Beggars Banquet Bathroom Stall Back Cover Photo

One of the obvious clues that the photo was taken at a mechanic shop bathroom is the Champion Spark Plugs sticker on the toilet seat.  Check it out…

The Rolling Stones Beggars Banquet Bathroom Champion Spark Plugs

The Rolling Stones Beggars Banquet Bathroom Photo Champion Spark Plugs

In 1984, the original cover art was released with the initial CD remastering of “Beggars Banquet.”

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  1. j9k9yqja5u@snkmail.c says:

    That location is almost certainly wrong–that same building has been there since the mid-60s and then as now is a men's clothes outlet.  Don't see any way that a garage could have been in there.  I suspect that "above Hollywood & Cahuenga" means "north of Hollywood & Cahuenga" but even that doesn't make too much sense (there's not too many places on Cahuenga north of there that could have been a garage).  Other accounts differ on whose Porsche mechanic it was…I'd guess that it was a Porsche mechanic on Cahuenga somewhere _in_ Hollywood…will see what I can track down from my friends who lived here then, are car nuts and Stones fans (I'm seeing two of them tonight :-).


    1. raul says:

      thanks. i’ve been trying to get the exact location as well. it’s a starting point. let me know and snap a picture if you can.


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