An American artist has asked the Rolling Stones to give him credit for creating their iconic lips logo.

The band's frontman Sir Mick Jagger is believed to have dreamed up the symbol with art student John Pasche in the early 1970s, but Sid Maurer claims he is actually behind the design.

The dispute has been detailed in a new book titled Sympathy for the Devil: The Birth of the Rolling Stones and the Death of Brian Jones by Paul Trynka. The book suggests Jones discovered Maurer's lips and tongue image in the late 1960s and even bought a picture from the painter before the image later became the band's logo.

Editors of Britain's Sunday Times newspaper report Maurer has said a "thank you" from the band would be "nice".

Guitarist Jones died in 1969 shortly after leaving the group.