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Rock Hall immortalizes 50 years of the Rolling Stones
Vintage instruments, stage costumes and artwork fill the new exhibit, "50 Years of Satisfaction"
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


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It’s been 50 years since the Rolling Stones released their first record, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame unveils a multi-level exhibit today chronicling five decades of the band’s music and misadventures. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.
Rock Hall immortalizes 50 years of the Rolling Stones

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Picking just one iconic Rolling Stones riff can be difficult. In 50 years, the band has released 59 Top Ten singles and albums and influenced nearly every facet of the music business.

That point is made in the new exhibit, “50 Years of Satisfaction,” which gathers artifacts from throughout the band’s career.

Yesterday's Papers
There’s a set of designs for the then-revolutionary lotus-flower stage for their 1975 American Tour. 

A memo to record plants explaining how to handle the working zipper on the cover of “Sticky Fingers.” 

A mellotron owned by Brian Jones -- an imposing artifact of the band’s psychedelic era.

Curator Craig Inciardi says the exhibit shows the band’s musical AND societal impact.

“Plenty of hip-hop artists are influence by the Stones' attitude and lifestyle," he says. "Whether it’s breaking rules in the recording studio, or the way you write songs and conduct your business.”

Get Yer Ya-Yas Out
As much as they influenced today’s artists, the Stones grew up on American R&B. Their first single, released June 7, 1963, was a cover of “Come On,” which took Chuck Berry’s arrangement, made it faster and turned up the beat.

A rare copy of that 45 is on display in the exhibit, which takes up two floors in the Hall of Fame's circular tower. Video and audio clips play constantly on both floors, sometimes mashing up performances from different decades.

The Singer, Not the Song
iPad terminals also let visitors study the band’s songwriting and musicianship on tunes such as 1978’s “Miss You.” Education Director Jason Hanley explains. 

“It’s showing you how Charlie’s drumming used this four-on-the-floor disco sound as the basis for the song," he says.  "The great thing is, for younger listeners, it kind of looks like ‘Guitar Hero.’ So it’s pulling them into a way they know to see music. And you’re hopefully tying it to broader society and the 50-year history of the band.”

Let It Rock
Their love of guitar-based blues has kept the Stones rolling for five decades, moving from British blues to psychedelic pop to disco to world music. Inciardi is thrilled to populate the exhibit with some of the band’s vintage instruments.

“We have Brian Jones’ Vox guitar, perhaps the most famous Rolling Stones instrument from the 1960s. We have two guitars from Keith Richards: a Fender rosewood telecaster and a Gibson ES355 semi-hollowbody guitar. Both iconic instruments that Keith Richards played in the 1970s (for the Telecaster), and the Gibson into the '90s and through to the present.”


Rip This Joint

The Stones are one of the cornerstones of rock and roll, and are among the first inductees to make it to 50 years, and counting. That’s also the name of their current world tour, hitting Chicago next Tuesday. “50 Years of Satisfaction” runs through next spring in Cleveland.


The Rolling Stones' Top Ten disks on the Billboard chart...
Year Title Billboard chart peak type
1964 12 x 5 3 LP
1964 Time Is on My Side* 6 single
1965 The Rolling Stones, Now! 5 LP
1965 Out of Our Heads 1 LP
1965 December's Children (And Everybody's) 4 LP
1965 The Last Time* 9 single
1965 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction* 1 single
1965 Get Off of My Cloud* 1 single
1965 As Tears Go By* 6 single
1966 Aftermath 2 LP
1966 Got Live If You Want It! 6 live
1966 Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) 3 compilation
1966 19th Nervous Breakdown* 2 single
1966 Paint It, Black* 1 single
1966 Mother's Little Helper* 8 single
1966 Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?* 9 single
1967 Between the Buttons 2 LP
1967 Their Satanic Majesties Request 2 LP
1967 Flowers 3 compilation
1967 Ruby Tuesday* 1 single
1968 Beggars Banquet 5 LP
1968 Jumpin' Jack Flash* 3 single
1969 Let It Bleed 3 LP
1969 Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2) 2 compilation
1969 Honky Tonk Women* 1 single
1970 Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! The Rolling Stones in Concert 6 live
1971 Sticky Fingers 1 LP
1971 Hot Rocks 1964–1971 4 compilation
1971 Brown Sugar* 1 single
1972 Exile on Main St. 1 LP
1972 More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies) 9 compilation
1972 Tumbling Dice* 7 single
1973 Goats Head Soup 1 LP
1973 Angie* 1 single
1974 It's Only Rock 'n Roll 1 LP
1975 Metamorphosis 8 compilation
1975 Made in the Shade 6 compilation
1976 Black and Blue 1 LP
1976 Fool to Cry* 10 single
1977 Love You Live 5 live
1978 Some Girls 1 LP
1978 Miss You* 1 single
1978 Beast of Burden* 8 single
1980 Emotional Rescue 1 LP
1980 Emotional Rescue* 3 single
1981 Tattoo You 1 LP
1981 Start Me Up* 2 single
1982 Still Life (American Concert 1981) 5 live
1983 Undercover 4 LP
1983 Undercover of the Night* 9 single
1986 Dirty Work 4 LP
1986 Harlem Shuffle* 5 single
1989 Steel Wheels 3 LP
1989 Mixed Emotions* 5 single
1994 Voodoo Lounge 2 LP
1995 Stripped 9 live
1997 Bridges to Babylon 3 LP
2002 Forty Licks 2 compilation
2005 A Bigger Bang 3 LP
*=45 release
Source: Joel Whitburn's Record Research 


"Let's Spend the Night Together" on the "Ed Sullivan Show," January 15, 1967:


"Gimme Shelter," a rockumentary of the band's game-changing 1969 American Tour:


Live at London's Marquee Club, March 26, 1971:



Rehearsing for "Saturday Night Live," October 5-6, 1978:


News report on the Rolling Stones at Richfield Coliseum, November 16, 1981:


Induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, January 18, 1989:
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