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Modern rock music has many journeymen, but none have quested longer and conquered more sonic territory than the Rolling Stones. The legendary British super band actually holds the title of the World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band, with 50-plus years and 20-plus studio albums under their studded leather belts. Their importance is hard to put into perspective, but the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has found a way with Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction.
The Rolling Stones defined rock and roll culture and really created the idea of what a rock star is, how a rock star dresses, acts, and sounds,” says Meredith Rutledge-Borger, assistant curator at the Rock Hall. “Even the idea of a rock concert as a spectacle, as an event bigger than the sum of its parts, is due to the Rolling Stones’ blockbuster touring model.”
The exhibit, open through March 2014, takes up two-and-a-half floors at the museum, filled with film, interactive exhibits, and rare artifacts that include a bevy of instruments (from Keith Richards’ guitar to Brian Jones’ dulcimer) and also one-of-a-kind rock relics, including Richards’ leather jacket worn on the album cover of “Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass)” and original artwork from 1967’s “Their Satanic Majesties Request.”
“One of the most unique artifacts is Chuch Magee’s flight case,” says Rutledge-Borger. “For nearly 30 years, Chuch Magee was a key member of the Rolling Stones’ staff as a road technician, sound engineer, and jack-of-all trades. His touring flight case is full of rock and roll spoils of war — the nuts and bolts of instruments and amps and mysterious tins filled with equally mysterious substances. Opening Chuch’s flight case is like opening the backstage door at a Rolling Stones’ concert.”
Learn more about Rolling Stones: 50-years of Satisfaction, and how you can use social media to be featured in the exhibit, visit www.rockhall.com/exhibits/rolling-stones-50-years-of-satisfaction.
View images of the Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction exhibit currently shown at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum.