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The Rolling Stones “Exhibitionism” At Industria Reviewed

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The Rolling Stones latest successful attempt to part this fool from his money, a mad dash through 50 years of rock and rolling stones through art and artifacts, fails on any level resembling insight in the greatest band of all time, but makes it as rubbernecking assaults on our collective memories as page six-y visions of the past upfront and personal.

“Exhitionism” opened in London lApril of this year and will be touring forever, though what it amounts to is history, recorded and live:

1 – A recreation of the bands living room in London when they were first starting out.

2 – Instruments and recording studios.

3 – Album covers

4 – Stage costumes

5 – An “on film” mini-documentary featuring Martin Scorsese, who gets “1+1” completely wrong.

6 – A 3D version of the live at Hyde Park “Satisfaction” climax from a coupla years back.

7 – And, right round the corner, a merchandize shop.

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It is another rip off, but it doesn’t feel like a rip off. It took me 90 minutes to traverse the exhibition and I have very little patience at the best of times, so for $37, you get something in return for your money. But is seeing the polaroids Andy Warhol took for the cover of Love You Life, worth your while? It is mine but at the same time, there isn’t any resonance. For one thing, Love You Live is a terrible album (though the cover is awesome), and for another: it functions outside even the glam moment and absolutely by now doesn’t add to the concept of the Stones.

The truth is, the Stones are so well documented, much of this stuff you already know. Tech heads might flip over Keith’s Fender Telecaster, but I get no insight looking at the acoustic guitar Mick wrote “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” on. If you aren’t into that, you’d hope and pray that the Stones would have documented every album cover as thoroughly as they did Goat’s Head Soup, you’d want more detail, more history but you won’t get it. Even Keith’s ’65 diary only proves he could write small. The Bowie exhibit of 2013 was much more thorough, that’s how you do it, moment by moment through the past darkly. The Stones exhibit is bright and beautiful but shallow and more like a gossip column. The music isn’t even nearly grasped.

But I loved it, I truly did. I went with my friend Sherry Davis and she is a huge fan and her exuberance was contagious, it wasn’t deep but it was surface fun, and sneaky looks into a past we saw from such a huge distance. All it is is a momentary close up of the band that won’t stand as a final word, it won’t stand as any word at all, but it will keep on as just a swell way to kill a coupla hours.

Grade: B+

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