CLEVELAND, March 7, 2013 – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum announced this week that it’s unveiling a massive exhibit this spring to honor—has it been that long ago already?—the Rolling Stones’ 50 year history as a rock ensemble. The museum’s exhibit, entitled “Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction,” described as “an exclusive exhibition from the “World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band,” will open to the public this Memorial Day weekend, beginning Friday, May 24.
In a release, the museum touts this major event as the “first ever major exhibition capturing the band’s legendary career spanning more than 50 years. It will include personal items and extraordinary collections that have never been seen before by the public.” This special exhibit will be open for nearly a year, and is slated to close next March, 2014.
In a prepared statement, Greg Harris, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, noted that this institution’s “first-ever exhibit gives us an opportunity to tell the story of one of the definitive rock and roll bands. The experience should be on every music fan’s destination list this summer.”
The museum’s drum beating is understandable. The Stones’ exhibition is planned to be “a comprehensive retrospective” experience that chronicles the history the band from its origins in the mid-1960s to the present day. Given the years involved, it’s not surprising that this exhibit will be uncommonly huge, taking up fully two-and-a-half floors of this already large exhibit space.
Acknowledging the Stones’ major contribution to the popular music repertoire—ranging from their formative years playing small clubs, to their major hit recordings such as “Gimme Shelter,” “Paint It Black,” “Jumping Jack Flash,” “Tumbling Dice,” “It’s Only Rock And Roll,” to their psychedelic period, their sold-out global tours, and beyond—the exhibit will make use of artifacts, film, text and interactive technologies to chart the wide swath Mick Jagger and the band have cut across the pop music spectrum for half a century. The Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.
To augment this exhibit throughout its lengthy run, the Museum plans to host a range of free public programs exploring the Stones’ legacy, including interviews, films, and special lectures.
For further details and updates on this upcoming exhibit, visit the Hall of Fame and Museum website here.
Visitors note: According to the latest staff release, “The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays, the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland. Children under 8 and Museum members are free. Call 216.515.1939 for information on becoming a member.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum is located in downtown Cleveland on the shores of Lake Erie at 1100 Rock and Roll Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44114 USA.
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