Little Richard 1971 | Little Richard: Rare Photos of Rock and Roll’s Original Wild Man | LIFE.com

It will probably come as no surprise to those familiar with LIFE magazine— especially the LIFE of the 1950s and 1960s— that a pop-culture phenomenon as strange and as raw as Little Richard was not likely to appear frequently or at all in the magazine’s pages. But then, truth be told, LIFE missed the boat when it came to covering more than a few of the seminal characters in rock history: Elvis, Hendrix, the Stones— the very edgiest, or the less easily categorized, figures of those pivotal decades were either ignored or, at best, deemed worthy of only occasional attention by the influential weekly.

Maybe the magazine’s reluctance stemmed from, say, the fact that “Elvis the Pelvis” was a shock to some primarily white sensibilities in the 1950s, or that gloriously sordid rock gods like the Stones were, from the very start, exactly the sort of characters who made all of those lame jokes about “locking up your daughters” seem not so funny after all. These guys— along with wild women like Janis Joplin— projected an explosive sexuality that LIFE seemed to have a hard time making its own, or making sense of.

via Little Richard 1971 | Little Richard: Rare Photos of Rock and Roll’s Original Wild Man | LIFE.com.

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