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The London Logs: Time Is On My Side

The Author By Kelly Hayes-Raitt | July 22nd, 2012 | Comments 1 Comment »

Hard to believe the Rolling Stones are nearly as old as I am. So, to kick off my birthday week and to celebrate that this was the first morning I woke with my throat not feeling as if I’d swallowed a bagful of bumblebees, I headed to Somerset House to see a photographic retrospective of the enduring band. rolling-stones.jpg

Two things from the dozens of blown-up black-and-white images immediately struck me: This is one of the most consistently hard-working bands in history and – even in candid shots – Mick is mesmerizingly charismatic. I saw the Stones at the LA Coliseum in the 1990s and was struck by how manically energetic he was. But the photos show him as almost menacing in his ability to captivate.

The Stones first performed on July 12, 1962, at the Marquee Club in London. According to the exhibit brochure, Mick said a year later, “I give the Stones about another two years.” Luckily, his fortune relied on his talent as a performer, not a prognosticator! Prints are available at

After the free exhibit, I hung out at a café in the courtyard, watching the sound check for tonight’s sold-out performance with Jools Holland. No luck at scoring a last-minute ticket, although I did entertain fantasies of jumping the guy running around with extra event wristbands.

But time truly was on my side as I spent a lazy afternoon basking in the sun (which made its first appearance since my arrival!) and sipping a sinful Italian lemonade. I’ll return to the Somerset House one of these Mondays when the exhibits in the Courtauld Galleries are free.
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One Response to “The London Logs: Time Is On My Side”

  1. Teresa Says:

    Hi Kelly,
    Hope you are having a wonderful time in London! So cool.
    Did you get my birthday note?

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