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Inside ‘Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction’

Take a peek inside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s new exhibit

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The Rolling Stones command the spotlight in "Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction," a new exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland. Opening Memorial Day weekend (May 24th), the exhibition of previously unseen personal items and memorabilia will take up two-and-a-half floors of the museum. The museum is also launching an interactive, fan-driven exhibition on May 13th that encourages Stones devotees to upload photos of their band souvenirs on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #rockhallsatisfaction. A multimedia display will post the results.

Click through to see some of the key pieces in "Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction."

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Keith Richards’ Jacket (c. 1965)

Keith Richards can be seen wearing this black leather bomber jacket in photographs included in the Stones' 1966 greatest hits collection Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass).

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Keith Richards’ Belt (c. 1976)

Keith Richards wore this belt onstage during the Rolling Stones' 1976 world tour.

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Charlie Watts’ Drawing (1966)

This sketch by drummer Charlie Watts was published in the concert program sold on the Rolling Stones' 1966 U.S. tour.

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Rolling Stones’ Letter to Santana (1970)

This letter requests Santana's permission to include the group's Altamont performance in a film with the working title Love in Vain, which would eventually be released as Gimme Shelter. Santana declined to participate.

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Rolling Stones’ Publishing Agreement (1963)

"Stoned" was one of the first songs composed by the Rolling Stones.  The entire band, including founding member Ian Stewart, are included as co-composers. The song was the b-side of their second single, "I Wanna Be Your Man," which was composed by Lennon and McCartney.

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Mick Jagger’s Stage Outfit (1981)

This outfit was worn by Mick Jagger during the Rolling Stones' 1981-1982 tours of the U.S and Europe. The cape is made from actual flags.

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Keith Richards’ 12-String Acoustic Guitar (1960s)

This guitar was used on many early recordings, including "Tell Me" and "Good Times, Bad Times," in the 1960s.

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Brian Jones’ Appalachian Dulcimer (1966)

Owned and played by Brian Jones, this dulcimer was used on several recordings, including "Lady Jane" and "I Am Waiting," from the Stones' album Aftermath.

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Production Notes (1978)

These are production notes for the Rolling Stones' Cleveland show on July 1, 1978.

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Art Collins’ Notes (1981)

Detailed notes from Rolling Stones Records executive Art Collins (1977-1982) for the second Washington, DC, show on December 8, 1981. The notes helped Collins and the band choose which performances to feature in the live concert film Let’s Spend the Night Together.

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Mick Jagger’s Basketball Team Photo (1961)

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards met for the first time at Wentworth Primary School in Dartford in 1951.  "I distinctly remember the first conversation I had with Keith," said Jagger. "I asked him what he wanted to do when he grew up.  He said he wanted to be like Roy Rogers and play guitar." Richards moved and the two lost touch. Jagger attended Dartford Grammar School and excelled in both academics and sports.  His father Joe Jagger said, "He was excellent at basketball and cricket, but he didn't want to be tied down to all of the practice."

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Brian Jones’ Vox Prototype Electric Guitar (1964)

Brian Jones played this guitar onstage in 1964 and 1965. He did not use it in the studio very often due to its odd shape and his difficulty playing it while sitting. This electric guitar is the one most associated with Brian Jones and also one of the most famous Rolling Stones instruments.

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Charlie Watts’ Mariachi Shirt (1975)

Despite his no-nonsense approach to playing and performing, Charlie Watts occasionally wore a mariachi-style shirt onstage for several tours in the Seventies. "I couldn't play in it," said Watts. "All the ruffles came down to my wrists." This one was designed by Western Costume Company.

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