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August 1, 2011

17 Vintage Photos of Rock Stars in Their Bathing Suits

We already know that many of the literary greats we admire liked to flit around the beach in their bathing suits, but what about their sonic storytelling counterparts?

Turns out they fancied a swim now and again too. Not surprising, since their days were most likely filled with sticky tour bus rides and sweat-inducing live performances. Also not surprising: they tend to look just a little better in their next-to-nothing duds than our dear group of authors, since for many of them, part of their job was inspiring teenage lovesickness.

Below is a gallery of rock stars from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s as they frolic, pose and pout in their swimsuits.

Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, and Charlie Watts, 1965

Mick Jagger, 1965

Betty Davis, 1969

Rod Stewart

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Brian Jones and Keith Richards, 1965

Elvis Presley, 1961

The Monkees (you can only see Davy Jones’ bathing suit, but we imagine Mike Nesmith, Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz have got them on under all that sand), 1967

David Bowie (and Iman)

The Beach Boys, 1966

Rick James, 1981

Ozzy Osbourne, 1985

The Beatles, 1964

AC/DC, 1985

Grace Slick is wearing pants over her bathing suit, 1970

Robert Plant and Zeppelin road manager Richard Cole, 1969

No Doubt, 1989

(via Flavorwire)



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