Eric VB Posted November 20, 2013 Share Posted November 20, 2013 I stopped in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland over the weekend and saw their big exhibit, "Mick & Keith: 50 Years of Satisfaction". Ok, ok. It was really called "Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction". I'd say 90% of the exhibit was devoted to Mick/Keith. Another 9% featured the non-Keith guitarists: Brian Jones ('62-'69), Mick Taylor ('69-'74) and Ron Wood ('75-today). Lots of guitars and stage wear were on display. Charlie Watts was represented by a single display with his snare, a kick pedal, two cymbals and a pair of sticks. Ian Stewart's hulking mellotron took up a lot of floor space. Since the exhibit was dedicated only to RockHall inducted members of the band, original (brief) members Dick Taylor (bass) and Tony Chapman (drums) are not represented. Nor is the current collaborator, bassist Darryl Jones. (Officially, the Stones are a 4-piece: Mick, Keith, Ron and Charlie.) Wasnt there another Rolling Stone? Oh, yeah. There was this Bill Wyman chap. He was the bassist from 62 to 93. You know, when all their hits were recorded. What sort of memorabilia related to Bill do you suppose the RockHall saw fit to display? Nothing.*** Bills big shining moment in the exhibit is the revelation that over time he became afraid to fly, so he bowed out of the band. To be fair hes seen in the film on the 4th floor, circa 1963, and is mentioned by name when someone is interviewing audience members and asks them what they like best about each member. (Answer: his style, and Im pretty sure that referred to his clothing, not his musicianship.) All eight inducted members are given a brief introduction by way of a short bio of their childhood and where they grew up. There are also listening stations (with headphones) in the exhibit. The only ones that point out actual personnel are used to contrast the contributions of the three non-Keith guitarists. Bass gets mentioned at least once on the station that shows how other genres of music were incorporated by the Stones in the disco-inspired example Miss You. Its a nice Stones exhibit, but if youre hoping to see something about Bill or Darryl (or even Dick) you will be disappointed. ***To be fair I didnt inspect every scrap of paper on display, so its possible there may have been a note written by Bill. Still, not a single bass, not a single piece of stage wear. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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