When they formed as a band in 1962, it’s unlikely The Rolling Stones — young, defiant, unemployed — thought that 58 years later they would be the focus of a multimillion dollar travelling exhibition.
Or that its most popular feature would be a recreation of the dingy, garbage strewn Chelsea apartment band members shared in the years before fame came calling.
But life is full of surprises.
And as the band dubbed “The World’s Greatest” continues to record and tour into the 70s — not the decade, their chronological ages — their legacy as rock survivors has decreed that unlike, say, Gerry and the Pacemakers and The Dave Clark Five, their history be preserved in accessible, user friendly form.
“They don’t like to look back,” points out Ileen Gallagher, the New York curator of “Unzipped,” a 300 artifact, 10,000 square foot “monster” that will take over Kitchener’s TheMuseum for three months starting November 2021.
“They’re always looking forward, so we’re trying to keep the exhibition as current as possible.”
It’s been the key to The Stones’ success — never rest on your laurels, never stay in one spot.