#Stonesism – a Rolling Stones exhibition

Moving to London was a big step. It was daunting. Complicated. Heartbreaking.

But there is something that London does that is infinitely more magical than any other place: events. I desperately wanted to attend the Rolling Stones ‘Exhibitionism’ exhibition at Saatchi Gallery before it ended on the 4th of September.


I’ve loved the Rolling Stones my whole life (thank you, mum, for showing me all the best music in the world), and my love for them rose to new heights in July 2007 when I attended their ‘A Bigger Bang’ World Tour. I was sadly unable to find a new flat in August, so I naturally panicked. And went to stay with a friend to visit the exhibition anyway, as the ending date of the exhibition drew nearer and nearer.

The exhibition was exciting even before I purchased my ticket! Their logo was in several places, with the tongue painted in different colours or patterns, and continuing into a bench (well, almost. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves).

I went alone to this exhibition, as none of my friends interested in the Rolling Stones (how could you not be?) were close enough to London.

As soon as I entered, tears filled up in my eyes (yes, that happens to me when I’m attending something I love, usually during concerts). The huge light up sign with ‘LADIES AND GENTLEMEN’ was overwhelming.

There were countless amazing rooms. I really liked the reconstruction of their flat from their beginnings in Edith Grove, London, although it was so dirty! It reminded me of my life, renting here in the UK with very dirty people. But I digress.


(photo from KingsRoad.)

The reconstruction of the recording studio brought tears to my eyes. I would give anything to be able to go back in time and attend their recordings. And to see and hear Merry Clayton singing ‘Gimme Shelter’.


(photo from Creative Review)

In the room adjacent to this we could mix and master songs. It was on a tablet, and we had the ability to change the levels for each instrument and the voice. It wasn’t as ‘the real deal’, but it gave us a glimpse into the recording and audio mastering industry.

Another amazing room was the one with all the poster and album and logo designs – I will forever appreciate the amazing work graphic designers do.


But the most unexpected part of the exhibition was at the end – we were sent to a room and a live version of ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ was on a huge screen in 3D. It was amazing – I felt as if I were in the first row. Tears streamed down my face because it was amazing. I felt as if I were in the first row at a Rolling Stones concert. It was perfect.

A trip to such an amazing exhibition wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the gift shop:


This was one of the most amazing exhibitions I’ve ever been to. And I’m sad it ended.


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