The Rolling Stones exhibition poster banned by London Underground

Transport for London say it's too risqué...

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The Rolling Stones‘ poster ad for their forthcoming EXHIBITIONISM retrospective has been banned from the London Underground by Transport for London.

The Guardian reports that Exterion Media, which regulates advertisements on the tube, and Clear Channel, a regulator for bus shelters, told the band that the poster was not suitable to run in its original form.

The poster was the work of British designer Mark Norton. It shows the crotch of a woman in a bikini along with the band’s famous lips logo; both regulators deemed the placing of the logo was too risqué and suggestive.


Instead, London stations and bus stops will see an altered version of the poster featuring the logo positioned over the woman’s belly button instead. They will launch on Monday [July 13, 2015], while the original posters will be unveiled elsewhere nationwide.

A spokesperson for the Rolling Stones said: “We are dumbfounded and perplexed at this rather silly decision. Perhaps something to do with the fact that it’s the Rolling Stones and controversy still seems to follow them everywhere.”

EXHIBITIONISM will run from April 6 2016 – September 2016 at London’s Saatchi Gallery, where it will occupy nine themed galleries spread across two entire floors.


The career-spanning exhibition includes over 500 artefacts and will include original stage designs, dressing room and backstage paraphernalia; rare guitars and instruments, costumes, rare audio tracks and unseen video clips; personal diaries and correspondence; original poster and album cover artwork, and unique cinematic presentations.

In related news, the Rolling Stones are reportedly readying the next archival release in their From The Vault series.

This latest addition is dedicated to the band’s Hyde Park concert from July 5, 1969, reports the Superdeluxeedition website.

DVD and Blu-ray editions are currently listed on and also Amazon’s Canadian site.

The release date on both Amazon sites is listed as July 24, 2015.

As yet, there is no confirmed UK release date; nor is it known whether this release will be available on vinyl and CD, as per the previous releases in the series.

The Stones recently released a recording of their Sticky Fingers club gig, from May 20, 2015, on iTunes.

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