While admiring the original art work on the walls I spotted Jerry Mickelson, founder of Jam Productions in Chicago. In a seemingly unreal chance of events, a young lady must have seen the wonderment written on my face and introduced the two of us.

Joseph Connors: So what do you have to do with the Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones exhibit?
Jerry Mickelson:  We’re the producers in Chicago. The local producers helping the real producers, the guys who created the exhibit, We helped organize it and get it here. It’s an amazing collection that you would never see. It’s hard to believe that they’ve kept all these artifacts from day one.

Joe:  Do you know where they kept it before the exhibit? Was it at their houses?
Jerry:  They have, a big warehouse. But it’s all here for you to see. Keith’s diary from 1963 or lyrics written by Mick or the guitars or the clothing and posters and the stage design.  I mean, the Warhols!  It’s just crazy.

Joe:  With myself being a recording engineer, what is the story with the recording setup?
Jerry:  It’s there for you to play with.  You can manipulate it like you were in the studio with them.
Joe:  Wow, I was not aware you could do that.
Jerry:  Yeah, it’s VERY cool. You know, this is history. The greatest rock and roll band ever that’s saved all their artifacts or a lot of their artifacts. Look at these (points to rare concert posters). All you can do is just gush at how great all this is.

Joe:  Do you have all the Rolling Stones albums yourself?
Jerry:  *laughs. I have a lot of them and still on vinyl. It’s all good. I did not really ever see all this art.
Joe:  So, this is new to you as well?
Jerry:  I mean, you see it on the record but that’s (points to some wall art) even better! I’m fortunate. I have some of their posters. You see that Voodoo Lounge poster? I have one signed by everybody.

Joe:  Now, are you the founder of Jam? How long ago?
Jerry:  Yep. ’72. Our first show with the Stones was in ’78.

Joe:  What is Jam doing these days?
Jerry:  Still producing concerts. Same old, same old. It hasn’t changed so, when I had the chance to do this, I jumped on it.
Joe:  And, rightfully you should have.

Jerry:  Thank you, Joe!
Joe:  Thank you, Jerry!

PHOTOS
(from left to right) Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger at Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones promo photo courtesy of Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

(from left to right) Ronnie Woods, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts) at Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones promo photo courtesy of Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

(from left to right) Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood photo courtesy of Paul Natkin

View of an Early Rolling Stones Recording Studio showcased during Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones photo credit Joseph Connors

View of Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones photo courtesy of Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

View of Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones photo courtesy of Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

View of Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones photo courtesy of Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

View of Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones photo courtesy of Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones