|The Rolling Stone tongue logo|
welcomes you to the exhibit
|Duke of York Headquarters - now the museum where the|
exhibit is displayed
|Riding the cable cars over The Thames - the O2 Arena - |
downtown London in the background -
the cable cars held 10 people
In the 60s - everyone loved The Beatles. They wrote the sound track of our generation. But they only existed as a touring group from 1961 to 1966. Some say the greatest rock and roll band was the Rolling Stones. They have stayed together to the present day. In 1964 - at the height of Beatlemania - the Rolling Stones were voted the top group in England. Mick Jagger - the lead singer of the Stones was a symbol of the counter culture. Even today - at age 73 - and worth hundred of millions - he is famous for being an expectant father. He has maintained his youthful skinny body - and can rock with the best of them.
The Rolling Stones started by playing American Rhythm and Blues songs of Southern USA black musicians - like Muddy Waters and Howling Wolf. Later - they moved to Southern France to avoid paying Britain's heavy income taxes.
The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism is a collection of multi-media to cover the history of the band from the 1960's to the present - up to an including the massive USA tour this summer. The members of the band are in their 70s now. Three of the originals - Mick Jagger - Keith Richards - and Charlie Watts - still tour together.
The collection is presently housed in the old Duke of York Headquarters in Chelsea. For 200 years it had been a school for orphaned kids of their military. Today - it is an art museum.
For 2 hours we enjoyed - the pictures - music - instruments - videos - clothing - writings - of the group. Lulu bought me a pair of secret glasses to video our visit. The videos are a long and a sometimes boring hodge lodge of my wanderings through the many rooms. The Exhibit costs 25 pounds. Lulu said I would regret it if I did not experience it - she was right. They were very strict on not allowing photography.
After the museum - we took a train to the Olympic Area and enjoyed the sky ride across the Thames River. You can use your subway Oyster car to pay the 4 pound fee to ride the mile long and 300 foot high ride over the river to the O2 Arena. After that it was a short bus ride to the Olympic Park. Many of the facilities are still used including the giant Stratford Station and the Westfield Mall.
|1961 - Bill Wyman - Brian Jones - Keith Richards - Mick Jagger -|
Charlie Watts in front of their old apartment.
|A replica of their living room - what a mess|
|Tons of framed art of the Stones|
|1965 - I can't get no satisfaction - tour|
I have saved very things from my childhood - but this ticket is one of them.
|Early London photos|
|Harry wearing his "Wonder Glasses" to video|
|Fourth form right - Brian Jones - quit the band in 1969 -|
then drown a month later in his pool
|The sound studio - the Rolling Stones had their own sound truck -|
and took their sound studio to Nice - France
|Tons of guitars - each one dated - and a list of which songs|
it was used on
|These are stock photos - the place was pretty busy when we were there|
|There was a nice collection of posters from the|
albums and tours