Musicians Turn Down the Volume to Protect Art

Scientists working at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg say that the vibrations from rock concerts in nearby Winter Square may be damaging their collection. Research shows that vibration from 10 concerts above 82 decibels ages the artwork by a year.

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Russia's famed Hermitage is saying, hey, put a lid on it. Scientists working at the St. Petersburg art museum say that the vibrations from rock concerts in nearby Winter Square by the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and others may be damaging their collections. The Independent of London reported this week that research shows that the vibrations from 10 concerts that is above 82 decibels adds an extra year to the age of the artwork. Last year, the museum asked the Stones to keep their volume below 85 Dbs to protect some vulnerable works by Cezanne, Matisse and perhaps Keith Richard's face.

(Soundbite of song "Shattered")

ROLLING STONES: (Singing) I'm in tatters I'm a shattered Shattered All this chitter-chatter, chitter-chatter, chitter-chatter 'bout Shmatta, shmatta, shmatta — I can't give it away on 7th Avenue This town's been wearing tatters Work and work for love and sex Ain't you hungry for success, success, success, success Does it matter? Does it matter?

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