If you're in Nashville this summer, be sure to stop by the Musicians Hall of Fame to check out the last U.S. stop of the The Rolling Stones' Exhibitionism touring exhibit which chronicles the history of the world's last great rock 'n' roll band through their stage costumes, rare photographs, concert films, videos, instruments, a recreation of the band's communal (and appropriately filthy) early 1960s London apartment, and what appears to be Keith Richards' long lost Epiphone Casino.
Andy Babiuk, author of Beatles Gear, spoke to Epiphone.com about compiling a similar history of The Rolling Stones' historic instruments and found that although Keith's original 1963 Epiphone Casino was crucial to the band's early sound (including the Chess Records session for their first #1 single, "Satisfaction"), the historic instrument has been "missing" for decades.
"Yeah...It's unfortunate," Babiuk told Epiphone.com. "When I did that book for them, there were a lot of things I found out that were stolen from them. And unfortunately, it was done by people who were supposed to be watching their stuff for them. It's kind of sad state of affairs but it is what it is. And Keith would wish to have it back. We got him another old one just like it because he really wanted his Epiphone back and we can't get the original back. We got him a vintage model. Everything was the same on it and he likes it quite a bit."
Epiphone fans should also check out Rolling Stones On Air in the Sixties, a selection of the band's live BBC radio shows dating back to the start of their recording career in 1964 including performances on Saturday Club, Joe Loss Pop Show, Top Gear, and Blues In Rhythm. Highlights include covers of Chuck Berry's "Come On,", "Roll Over Beethoven," and "Down the Road Apiece," Bo Diddley classics "Cops and Robbers" and "Mona," and early hits like "Satisfaction" and "The Last Time." Each track was restored at Abbey Road Studios in London using the new Audio Source Separation system. Also, visit your favorite independent bookstore to pick up On Air in the Sixties and read along as The 'Stones take over (or terrorize, depending on your age) swinging London in the 1960s. Visit the Rolling Stones website for details and don't miss them on tour throughout Europe this summer.