No.1 The Recreation of Olympic Studios
The Stones were one of the first bands to record at the Olympic Studios in Barnes, South West London. This became the ‘go-to’ studios for rock and pop artists at the time including The Beatles, Hendrix and Led Zeppelin.
Between 1966 and 1972, The Stones produced six albums there including Sticky Fingers, Let it Bleed and Beggars Banquet. In 1969, Mick even designed the décor and sourced the furniture for Studio Two!
It’s not so much that these things are priceless, as in they’re worth so much money. It’s that they’re priceless, as in if they get lost or destroyed, you can’t replace them.Tony Cochrane
No.2 Ronnie’s Zemaitis Disc Front
Tony Zemaitis’ was a British guitar maker from London who developed a unique metal ‘shield’ which was fixed to the front of electric guitars to reduce microphone hum from the pickups. The shiny surface was particularly attractive, even more so after Danny O’Brien, a gun engraver decorated it. These fronts are pure works of art – rare, beautiful and highly expensive because Zemaitis might only make 10 a year. Ronnie was a valued customer – he had four made for him, and he still plays the round disk Zemaitis to this day.
No.3 Mick’s Original Song Writing Sheets
Exhibitionism contains a number of Mick’s original lyric sheets displayed with the thoughts from Mick and Keith on how certain songs came about such as Ruby Tuesday, Sympathy for the Devil and Jumping Jack Flash. The songwriting partnership between the two band members is one of the most well-known and successful in history.
No. 4 The Recreation of The Stones’ Edith Grove Flat
In 1962, Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and James Phelge shared a dingy first flat at 102 Edith Grove, Chelsea, London. The cramped apartment consisted of a bedroom, a living room, a shared ‘bog’ (toilet), bathroom and kitchen. Mick and Keith remember having to put a shilling into the gas fire to heat the place, and the carpet being, “the most horrendous piece of brown crap”. Fans visiting the exhibition can experience its squalor first hand including cigarette ends, dirty clothes and empty beer bottles.
As no photos of the flat exist, the whole scene was recreated from floor plans and the memories of Mick, Keith (and Charlie who occasionally ‘crashed’ there).
No.5 The History of The Rolling Stones Film Experience
Visitors can discover all the major moments of the band’s career in this stunning multi-sensory experience. It’s a super-fast cut chronology of The Stones history displayed across 55 screens – and it’s absolutely mesmerizing!
No. 6 The ‘Side Men’
Over the years, The Rolling Stones have collaborated with many hugely talented artists such as keyboard players like Ian Stewart, Billy Preston, Nicky Hopkins and Chuck Leavell, and backing singers including Lisa Fischer and Bernard Fowler to name just a few! In Exhibitionism there’s a dedicated film experience that features The Stones talking about the important roles – and the talents - of their gifted ‘side men’.
No. 7 (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction 3D Film Experience
The finale of Exhibitionism concludes with a backstage-to-onstage 3D concert performance of ‘Satisfaction’, featuring a guest performance from Mick Taylor who was with The Stones from ’69-74. The footage was shot at Hyde Park in 2013 for the British Summer Time festival, almost 44 years to the day since The Stones first played the famous central London park. And that original performance was just two days after the death of founding member Brian Jones.
No. 8 Buddy Guy Interview
Buddy Guy is one of our greatest living bluesmen. As a guitarist and singer he first toured with The Rolling Stones in 1970 and has continued to play with them ever since. His interview talks about the first time he came to England, his first meeting with The Stones at Chess Records in ‘64, and what The Stones have done – and are still doing – for blues music today.
No.9 Mick’s Warhol Paintings
Andy Warhol was captivated by Mick’s photogenic, ‘bad-boy’ image when he produced a series of screen prints of The Stones frontman in 1975. These iconic artworks were characteristic of Warhol’s change in style towards a more handmade look utilizing elements of collage.
Warhol also designed the provocative album cover for Sticky Fingers, still regarded as one of music’s most striking and controversial pieces of graphic art.
No.10 The Massive Gorilla Painting by Walton Ford
Ford was enlisted to produce The Stones’ 50th anniversary album artwork for GRRR! which features a gorilla sporting the band’s famous tongue and lips logo. The gorilla is actually re-purposed from an earlier series of King Kong paintings by the same artist. Ford explained that he “saw The Rolling Stones as a sort of silverback”, and the band could be compared to King Kong due to “their kind of enormity of their accomplishment over the period of 50 years”.
Tony’s Top 10 are just a fraction of the 500 unique, rare and priceless artefacts featured in the exhibition currently showing in New York. You’ll find the band’s most cherished instruments, onstage and off stage clothes, personal diaries, recordings, unseen film, photos and so much more! It’s truly a treasure trove that shouldn’t be missed!
Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones, delivered by DHL will be in New York City through March 12. Tickets are available at StonesExhibitionism.com.
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