Matt Lee, who’s recognised by Guinness World Document as having the biggest Rolling Stones memorabilia assortment is exhibiting all he has in a brand new publication
He is seen the Rolling Stones 200 instances in 28 totally different nations, has spent thousands and thousands on his 100,000-piece memorabilia assortment and was even an govt producer on considered one of Ronnie Wooden’s solo albums.
Brit Matt Lee is the world’s greatest Rolling Stones tremendous fan, and even has the Guinness World Document for the largest Rolling Stones assortment to show it.
The 45-year-old from London, who works at a advertising company, has been gathering objects for over twenty years.
And his superb hoard even caught the attention of the band, together with drummer Charlie Watts who handed away final week.
Matt says Charlie’s dying on the age of 80 “seems like a buddy has died”.
“I’m nonetheless numb and fully in shock. It’s the top of the band as I do know it,” Matt says. “It’s not like I went to his home for Christmas dinner or something, however for the reason that 12 months 2000 I met Charlie many, many instances. He was very witty and had a dry sense of humour.
“Ronnie was the primary Rolling Stones member I met, however Charlie was the second. I’d take a few of my memorabilia to gigs and confirmed it to the band after I met them afterwards. Charlie took quite a lot of curiosity within the stuff I had, and he would begin recognising me.
“He was the guts of the band along with his drumming.”
This October, Matt is releasing his e book Sizzling Stuff: The Final Memorabilia Assortment and says Charlie was the primary of the Rolling Stones to jot down a handwritten dedication for it.
“It was the primary time the band had ever carried out something like this for an unbiased e book,” says Matt. “I needed to give the others a prod, however I didn’t should chase Charlie up – it meant rather a lot to me that he despatched it again so rapidly.
“The e book options photos of 1,400 items from my assortment, and in typical blunt Charlie model he wrote again in regards to the stuff within the e book saying: ‘there’s quite a lot of it’.”
Matt’s assortment began off with gig posters and Charlie’s drumsticks that he had thrown into the gang at gigs – Matt says he now has 14 of them.
Since then, it has massively grown and consists of many uncommon gadgets, from the sneakers Charlie Watts wore on the Pyramid Stage at their 2013 Glastonbury headline set to one-off pressed vinyl, Ronnie Wooden’s artwork and the L’Wren Scott-designed butterfly jacket worn by Mick Jagger at Hyde Park for his or her Rolling Stones 50 & Counting live performance in 2013 which Matt purchased for round £60,000 from Christie’s.
Matt has acquired the gadgets from public sale homes, shopping for or being gifted them from different collectors, and even catching them at gigs – like Mick’s t-shirt that was thrown at a Boston live performance – and even from the band themselves.
He’s funded his ardour from the proceeds of promoting an organization along with his enterprise associate just a few years in the past.
One of the vital precious gadgets Matt owns – which he bought privately and gained’t expose the worth of, solely saying it price him “rather a lot” – is the Rolling Stones’ first contract that the late Brian Jones signed on behalf of the band.
In 2016, Matt loaned it to London’s Saatchi Gallery for his or her 2016 Rolling Stones showcase Exhibitionism, and it’s since toured all over the world with the exhibition to cities together with Tokyo, New York and Sydney.
“On the purple carpet on the launch, Charlie stated it was essentially the most poignant factor for him to see as a result of he’d by no means seen it earlier than as Jones had gone alongside to signal it himself,” recollects Matt.
Matt has been a fan of the Rolling Stones since he was 12, when he heard Honky Tonk girl for the primary time on cassette and acquired a drum equipment so he may try and emulate Charlie’s taking part in himself.
His first gig was their Wembley live performance in July 1995 when he was a pupil – and since then he’s travelled everywhere in the world to see them, together with to China, Argentina and Uruguay.
For Matt, essentially the most memorable live performance was the band’s one-off Havana, Cuba gig in 2016, saying he slept in a “windowless room” within the secretive nation so he may attend.
And he’s been prime of the visitor record since 2007, after buddy bassist Ronnie Wooden handed him a laminated entry all areas tour cross, which meant he can go to any live performance he likes totally free.
“I first met Ronnie on the Jazz Cafe in London in February 2000, and since then we’ve gone for dinner in eating places and I’ve even gone to his home,” says Matt. “I’ve met Mick and Keith just a few instances too. Individuals say by no means meet your heroes, however the Stones have at all times been very type and really welcoming to me.”
Matt, who’s single, is presently within the strategy of transferring his assortment to a personal exhibition area. He’s planning to open this as a free museum later within the autumn to tie in along with his e book’s launch.
“The band have seen most of the particular person gadgets through the years, however they’ve by no means come to my home to see the gathering,” says Matt. “They’re very welcome to return spherical and see it if they’re .
“The factor in regards to the Rolling Stones is you possibly can by no means full the gathering, for instance you possibly can’t purchase each tour outfit. I see it as a sticker album you’ll by no means end, however I’m nonetheless looking out for brand spanking new stuff. I’ve in all probability spent a whole bunch of hundreds this 12 months alone.”
*Sizzling Stuff: The Final Memorabilia Assortment by Matt Lee is revealed by Welbeck on 14 October (£20, hardback).
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