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Exhibitionism - The Rolling Stones
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Exhibitionism tells the story of the most influential rock ‘n’ roll band in the world, allowing visitors to experience their incredible journey through this immersive exhibit, from their early days living together in a tiny flat, to headlining the biggest stages in the world.

The 708 Club had an indirect influence on The Rolling Stones. Serving as one of the anchors of Chicago’s Blues District, the two-story brick building was where Buddy Guy got his start, Willie Dixon met his wife, and Bo Diddley became a regular after playing music on street corners for a few years. I’m a Man, which became a rock standard, was recorded in 1955 at the 708 Club. I’m a Man became the basis for Muddy Waters’ Mannish Boy. He was a huge influence on young British artists discovering the blues. Bo Diddley toured the U.K. in 1963 with Little Richard and the Everly Brothers, with a young (then) little-known band called The Rolling Stones as their opening act. Check out Bo Diddley's record attached to this post. 

 "He was an enormous force in music and was a big influence on The Rolling Stones," -Mick Jagger
"From my childhood, we all wanted to play like him — Bo didn't follow, we followed him." -Ron Woods

Diddley's guitar playing incorporated African beats and his unique rhythmic patterns screamed masculinity. Buddy Holly’s Not Fade Away was a variant of Bo Diddley’s legendary style. In 1964, The Rolling Stones' cover of "Not Fade Away", with a strong Bo Diddley beat, was a major British hit and one of their biggest singles to be released in America. 

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