The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland may house the history of all that encompasses of rock, but to me, The Rolling Stones are the ultimate embodiment of rock’s history. It should just be called The Rolling Stones and Other Rock Bands Hall of Fame and Museum.
Of course, the Stones have been a big part of the Hall of Fame almost since its inception. They were one of the first to be inducted and the place is full of Stones’ memorabilia and artifacts (an accurate description given the band’s combined ages and Keith Richards’ ability to be archaeology’s only living fossil), but they’ve never been given a massive exhibition of their own to equal their massive stamp on rock music and popular culture.
All that has changed now that the Hall of Fame opens a special exhibit tomorrow, chronicling the Rolling Stones’ history and influence on rock music, according to National Public Radio.
The exhibit will run for just less than a year and cover two floors, dating from their days as a blues band to the rise of their rock dynasty. Some of the more interesting pieces in the exhibit include one of Brian Jones’ custom Vox teardrop guitars, a custom Zemaitis electric six-string played by Ronnie Wood, a letter the band sent to Santana to get permission to use footage of their live Altamont performance for the movie “Gimmie Shelter” and original album artwork for “It’s Only Rock and Roll” and “Their Satanic Majesties Request.” I would have preferred to see a well-preserved Keith Richards on display, but why quibble with greatness?
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