When the Rolling Stones began playing gigs around London in 1962, the notion that a rock & roll band would last six years, let alone six decades, was an absurdity. After all, what could possibly be more ephemeral than rock & roll, the latest teenage fad?
Yet more than fifty years later, is there a person on planet earth who doesn’t know the names Mick Keith Charlie and Ronnie? And that they are THE band. And they are the band that has not only paved the way for the six decades of music that followed, but how cool are they still? Dig this on twitter - Mick "Harmonica playing on new tunes !!"
“I didn’t expect to last until fifty myself, let alone with the Stones,” Keith who turns seventy-five this December says with a laugh. “It’s incredible, really. In that sense we’re still living on borrowed time.”
After opening to huge crowds in London and then cities in the US, a rare and unique behind the scenes peek of The Stones- Exhibitionism is coming to Australia, exclusively to Sydney next month. It’s more than double the space of a normal exhibition, so allocate plenty of leisurely hours to investigate the more than 500 Stones’ items:
- vintage guitar gallery, rare instruments and hand written lyric books
- backstage and touring paraphernalia, album art, photography, stage design and personal diaries and letters
- 50 years of Stones fashion spanning from the 1960’s to the present, with articles from designers including Alexander McQueen, Prada, Dior, Gucci, Hedi Slimane, Ossie Clark, L’Wren Scott, Mr Fish and many more with contributions from Anna Sui, John Varvatos and Tommy Hilfiger
- 190 original artworks including Andy Warhol, David Bailey, John Pasche, Walton John, Shepard Fairey, Michael Cooper, Christian Piper, Robert Frank and many more
- interactive sound mixing decks and recording studio, a screening cinema narrated by Martin Scorsese and video experiences throughout, all culminating in an immersive backstage recreation leading to a 3D concert finale.
“We've been thinking about this for quite a long time but we wanted it to be just right and on a large scale,” said Mick. “It’s not going to be like walking into a museum. It’s going to be an event, an experience. It’s about a sense of The Rolling Stones – it’s something we want people to go away talking about it.”
“While this is about The Rolling Stones, it's not necessarily only just about us” Keith added. “It’s also about all the paraphernalia and technology associated with a group like us, and it’s this, as well as the instruments that have passed through our hands over the years, that should make the exhibition unforgettable.”
Exhibitionism #StonesExhibit is the must see event of this decade for EVERYONE who loves music, fashion, art, history or film. Pretty much covers all of us, innit?
Tickets are on sale from today at ticketek.com.au