It’s Only Rock and Roll But I Like It

Last night in Soho we attended the opening of Rolling Stone guitarist Ronnie Wood’s art show.  His work was intimate and a truly personal look in to his thoughts and life as a member of one of the most legendary rock bands of all time.  We loved his simple line drawing done many years ago of a very young Jerry Hall.  We could imagine a youthful Ronnie Wood sitting quietly sketching the beautiful girlfriend of this band mate Mick Jagger.

The crowd at the opening was Rock and Roll as it should be and cruising around the room were many of Ronnie’s life long friends which gave you a great sense of the extraordinary life that he’s lived.

If the subjects in his paintings are any indication then he’s rubbed shoulders with some of the most talented people of a generation.  There are huge oil paintings of his Rolling Stones band mates but also of icons like Muhammed Ali, Al Pacino and Jack Nicholson who were clearly not just his subjects, but also his friends.

There is also a collection of amazing photos that Ronnie snapped at parties in New York with Andy Warhol and Mick Jagger.  It was cool to see these private photos knowing he’d been a part of that moment.

Ronnie was there is full force, still handsome and charismatic.  At his side was his gorgeous girlfriend, Sally Humphries 40 years his junior, both wildly enjoying themselves.

The after party at the rooftop of the James Hotel later was filled with a who’s who of New York’s downtown scene as befits an art opening for a Rolling Stone.

If you are a fan of the Rolling Stones then this show is a must see. Even if you’re not, it’s a cool look in the life of a Rock and Roll legend.

Ronnie Wood. FACES TIME AND PLACES. 498 Broome Street at West Broadway. NY. NY. Open 10am-6pm.  Closes 30 June, 2012

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