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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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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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