British Rock ’n’ Roll band The Rolling Stones still consist to this day of their 4 members: Sir Mick Jagger for the vocals , Keith Richards on the guitar, Ronnie Wood on the bass and Charlie Watts on the drums. The band formed in 1962 in London, England primarily with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards who met and became friends when they were children. Since the 1960s, the band has had an enduring influence and power in the world of music. Their first album which was released in 1964 under the name of ‘The Rolling Stones’ saw the band’s fame rising worldwide. The band changed the musical landscape of Britain in the 60s where they pushed the boundaries and represented the idea of counterculture which might often be used to describe them. Indeed, in many of their songs, topics which were taboo at the time were talked about and may have given them a rebellious dimension and freedom which were innovative at the time. The band and its frontman Sir Mick Jagger often describes Blues and R’n’B as key musical influences in the 4-piece’s sound.
Throughout their career, they seemed to have maintained the feature of Rock ’n’ Roll icons and have remained active in the world of music. The band is renowned to perform in stadiums and arena and tickets seem to usually rapidly sell out. Their long and unyielding career saw them headline a performance at the infamous Glastonbury Festival in the summer 2013 which marked the band’s return after a while off the road. They then went on to perform the yearly event British Summer Time in Hyde Park, London on the same year. The summer 2012 celebrated the band’s 50th anniversary with the release of a book entitled ‘50’, a book written by all 4 members of the band. It is 2016 today, the band is still in the limelight and has released a total of 29 studio album which confirm their longevity.
To celebrate this longevity, the Saatchi Gallery in London has opened its doors to an exhibition entitled ‘The Rolling Stones: Exhibitionism’. The Saatchi Gallery was founded in 1985 by Charles Saatchi and aims at celebrating contemporary arts. It is located in London, in the Eastern End of the King’s Road which is in fact where The Rolling Stones were born. This exhibition opened its doors last Tuesday, on the 5th of April and aims at running up until the 4th of September 2016. It is the first worldwide exhibition for the band. This project was organised with aim at celebrating the band’s history, influence and impact on many generations. The whole show takes over an entire 2 floors with a total of 9 thematic galleries which might recreate the band’s rise to fame from blues performers to their status of icons. The exhibition offers access to various belongings of the band such as costumes, diaries, books, posters, lyrics books among other things. A Merchandise store is also open to the public for those keen to purchase items related to the band. Many artists with the likes of Martin Scorsese, Alexander McQueen or late Andy Warhol have made a contribution to this project.
As well as a celebration of the band’s material and influence in the world of music, this event may represent a new chapter in the Stones history and might be as successful as their shows. Many individuals seemed to have long followed the band and this may be seen as a treat for the followers of Mick, Keith, Ronnie and Charlie.
The gallery opens everyday from 10 to 6 and tickets may be purchased online. Tickets prices vary from children to adults prices. Click here to purchase a ticket to the exhibition.
The Saatchi Gallery: Duke Of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London SW3 4RY
Contact number: 020 7811 3070
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