For a Rolling Stones fan, what could top meeting the band in person? New Yorker Alex Emanuel met Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood inside the Recording Gallery within the Rolling Stones retrospective exhibit, Exhibitionism, at London’s Saatchi Gallery.
After handshakes and back slaps with the band, Alex recalled, “It’s going to sound silly, but for a moment I thought I was a member of the Rolling Stones. It’s not every day you get to meet your idols.” He added, “The show has given me a unique glimpse of the city through the eyes of the Rolling Stones.”
Exhibitionism is a Rolling Stones treasure trove, and includes 9 themed gallery spaces with 500 items from original stage costumes, rare instruments, lyric books, backstage and touring paraphernalia, album art, photography, stage designs, personal diaries, and never-before-released audio and behind-the-scenes footage.
Celebrating the Stones’ artistic collaborations in music, art and design, fashion, and film, Exhibitionism also features original works on display from an array of artists as diverse as Andy Warhol, Alexander McQueen, Prada, Dior, Ossie Clark, L’Wren Scott, David Bailey, Michael Cooper, Jeff Koons, Walton Ford, Shepard Fairey, and Martin Scorsese.
“The exhibition offers the most in-depth insight into The Rolling Stones and their incredible career,” says Thea Jeanes-Cochrane, Director of iEC (International Entertainment Consulting), the company behind the exhibit. “We’ve worked hard to create something utterly breathtaking and it’s very pleasing to see the fans reactions.”
Chris Gottlieb, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at VisitLondon.com adds, “Alex’s Rolling Stones tour of London shows how the city is steeped in the history of one of the world’s greatest rock bands.”
Alex was taken on a Rolling Stones-themed, once-in-a-lifetime trip to London after the city’s official tourism body, Visitlondon.com, identified him as a “super fan” of the band.
Alex visited many iconic Rolling Stones locations, including Edith Grove, Chelsea, where the band lived together; Regents Sounds in Denmark Street, where they cut their first albums; the 100 Club, where they played an impromptu gig in 1982, and Olympic Studios where “Sympathy for the Devil” was recorded.
Tourism initiative Fans of London — devised by Visitlondon.com and supported by the GREAT Britain Campaign, British Airways, and Hilton — celebrates many special events across London this year including the Rolling Stones exhibit, Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday celebrations, and 400 years of Shakespeare’s legacy.
Exhibitionism runs until September 4 at London’s Saatchi Gallery. Tickets are available at stonesexhibitionism.com. Want to win a trip to London for your own music fan fantasy? Visitw ww.visitlondon.com/fans. – NewsUsa.