Rocking with the Rolling Stones at the Rock Hall
When the Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, no one questioned it, because they deserved to be there. Their concerts were legendary, Mick Jagger commanded the stage and they changed the landscape of rock and roll. So when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland opened their new exhibit, The Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction last week, I made sure I was there to see it.
As I walked through the red lipped doorway, an image that is synonymous with the Rolling Stones, it was clear to see why they are considered “The World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band.” On display was a career that spans 50 years and they are still rocking! With hits like “(I Can’t Get) No Satisfaction” and “Ruby Tuesday,” the Rolling Stones have become musical icons and this interactive exhibit takes you through how their music has stood the test of time over the decades.
The exhibit spans two and a half floors that are filled with Rolling Stones’ history including photos, handwritten letters, set lists, instruments and clothing worn by the band in their concerts, like Mick Jagger’s hand-stitched British and American flag cape that he wore during their 1981-82 tour. There is also rare footage of the band including interviews and concerts where fans can get an intimate look at their 50 year career.
And while some people may want to have “moves like Jagger,” I found it interesting to learn who their early musical influences were. For example, the Rolling Stones were heavily inspired by legendary soul and blues musicians like Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters. It was their music that took members, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards out of the London pubs and spawned an international career.
One cool new feature allows fans to contribute to the exhibit by uploading their own original images to share on Twitter and Instagram. By using the hashtag, #rockhallsatisfaction, fans can tag their personal photos of Rolling Stones memorabilia, artwork or Rolling Stones concert pictures that will then be displayed in the Rock Hall’s multimedia display.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum also began allowing photos to be taken in the museum and there’s plenty to see so make sure you have enough space on your camera to capture all the great musical artifacts. The Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction exhibit will be on display until March 2014, but if I were you, I wouldn’t wait to experience it. You will definitely be satisfied!