Rolling Stones “50 Years of Satisfaction.” I have two days to take it all in. Day One.

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Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction will be the Museum’s first ever major exhibition capturing the band’s legendary career spanning more than 50 years.  It will include personal items and extraordinary collections that have never been seen before by the public. The exhibit will be open till March 2014.

The Rolling Stones are the epitome of rock and roll,” said Greg Harris, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “This first-ever exhibit gives us an opportunity to tell the story of one of the definitive rock and roll bands. The experience should be on every music fan’s destination list this summer.”

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum presents Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction will be a comprehensive retrospective exhibit that chronicles the band from the mid-1960s until today.  The exhibit, which takes up two-and-a-half floors of the Museum, will celebrate the Rolling Stones’ incredible contribution to popular music from their earliest days playing small clubs, to their era-defining recordings such as “Gimme Shelter,” “Paint It Black,” “Jumping Jack Flash,” “Tumbling Dice,” “It’s Only Rock And Roll” and sold-out global tours. Through the use of artifacts, film, text and interactive technology, generations of music fans will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with rare items from nearly every aspect of the Stones’ astonishing five decades at the top.

Throughout the exhibition’s run, the Museum will host a range of free public programs that explore the significance and legacy of the Rolling Stones, including interviews, films, and special lectures.

For the first time, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will launch a fan-generated interactive exhibition, inviting people from all over the world to share their photos of memorabilia, artwork, Rolling Stones concerts and more that will populate a multimedia display in the Museum’s Rolling Stones exhibit as well as online.

Fans are encouraged to upload their original images to Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #rockhallsatisfaction to contribute to the submission feed. Images uploaded will be available to be viewed in the exhibit as well as online through the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s Facebook page throughout the duration of the exhibit!

……..I had no idea of what to expect when I showed up to see the new Stones exhibit.

I had never been to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

I had never even been to Cleveland.

For a rock and roll memorabilia junkie like me, it was the “Stairway To Heaven.” I must admit it was a bit overwhelming. You need a solid two days. Maybe three to take it all in. I was able to do the Stones exhibit in about 3 hours and I feel like I saw it all.

IMG_2743You enter the exhibit by walking up a staircase, where you enter the exhibit through a giant lips and tongue.

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It was kind of a shock to see my name on the exhibition display thanking the supporters. Wait is that Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts on there?

The bottom floor was dedicated to the early years. And I mean early….The collection was mind blowing. The artifacts were grouped by era. Large plexiglass displays with early posters and handbills that serve as the backdrop to the rarities, that held several and sometimes dozens of pieces of memorabilia. Here’s a few photos.

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Everybody knows this baby, Brian’s Teardrop….

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Keith’s “High Tide and Green Grass” leather jacket.

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What’s crazy is that some of this stuff exists. You wonder first, who the hell does it belong to, (which of course is labeled for all to see,) but then, how the hell did it survive?

I can’t say enough about the displays. They were beautifully designed and conceived. Bravo Howard and Company!

One of the highlights for me was seeing Mick’s Jumpsuit from the 1972 tour, designed by Ossie Clark. Donated by guess who, yup, Mick himself.

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Let’s head upstairs….

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Upstairs has displays on the years 1973-2006, The Bigger Bang Tour.

This is the floor where all my items were displayed. The above item is killer. The original art for the “It’s Only Rock And Roll” album cover by Guy Peelaert, 1974.

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My Keith Richards Bobby Lee guitar strap from the Tour of the Americas, 1975 was in a display with the famous Charlie Watts mariachi shirt from the same tour.

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Next, I found my Keith Richards leather jacket, “Tattoo You” marketing notes, and single picks for “Tattoo You,” all written by Mick…1981.

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Here’s my Keith linen pirate shirt in the 1978 “Some Girls” era display.

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And a few more. My Mick handwritten rehearsal set list for the secret Sir Morgan’s Cove show in 1981, and Cockroaches ticket for the show on Blue Sunday.

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The Hall of Fame knows how to do it right.

They ask for only scans and copies of all rare handwritten items and labeled them on the displays as reproductions. The originals safely in the hands of the owners.

I will post a Day Two with more photos soon….

Peace,

Gary Rocks

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