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Sam Cooke's magnum opus "A Change Is Gonna Come"

Tuesday, February 9: 4:21 p.m.

the story of Sam Cooke "A Change Is Gonna Come" Rock and Roll Hall of Fame music history

Without a doubt, Sam Cooke was one of the most influential performers in the history of American popular music. His work cut across the genres of gospel, R&B and pop, and Cooke is credited as being one of soul music’s primary architects. 

Cooke was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi, in 1931, and his family moved to Chicago when Cooke was a toddler. He started singing in the church, and joined the most popular gospel group in the country, the Soul Stirrers, when he was still a teenager. His career with the Soul Stirrers was enough to secure his place in the annals of music history, but his ambition and talent would take him much further.

With the release of “You Send Me” in 1957, Cooke embarked upon a career in secular music that transcended the boundaries of R&B and pop. He was a pioneering figure in African-American entrepreneurship, gaining remarkable artistic control of his music and the business surrounding it. Recognizing the importance of owning publishing rights to music, he founded his own record label, SAR, with J.W. Alexander and Roy Crain in 1961, despite being courted aggressively by the leading record labels of the day. He ...


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Hip-Hop Artist Casey Veggies Gets Personal

Tuesday, February 2: 12:18 p.m.
Posted by Carl Harp

Casey Veggies 2016 tour concert in Cleveland, Ohio

As a 14-year-old Inglewood high school basketball star and original member of the Cali super group Odd Future (OFWGKTA), Casey Veggies released his first mixtape, Customized Greatly, spawning a trilogy series. Benching his hoop dreams for a rap career, Veggies continued building off of his early groundwork, landing tour spots with Mac Miller, show dates with west side champs like Kendrick Lamar and Nipsey Hussle, and strategic partnerships with brands like Puma. The autobiography of Casey Veggies consumed the rap globe in the form of his 2015 major label debut LIVE & GROW, a nutritious listen of a young man’s navigation through new adulthood and stardom. 

The Rock Hall caught up with Casey Veggies ahead of his Sonic Sessions concert at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on February 19.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Your concert comes during the Rock Hall’s Black History Month Celebration. One of our other events is a discussion on “Black Music Matters,” kind of a take on the “Black Lives Matter” movement. Your track, “RIP,” is dedicated to people who have lost their lives to police brutality, gang violence and other senseless violence. Like Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright,” do you see ...


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Elle King Visits Rock Hall to see Dress on Display

Tuesday, February 2: 11 a.m.
Posted by Carl Harp

Elle King Right Here Right Now Dress

Grammy-nominated artist Elle King visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Friday, January 29, 2016, prior to a performance at Cleveland’s Masonic Auditorium. The “Ex’s & Oh’s” singer made the special tour stop to see her dress, now on display inside the Hall of Fame’s “Right Here, Right Now” exhibit, and hang out with some fans who came out for the occasion. 

The red kimono-style dress was worn by King during a Sonic Sessions concert at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on June 5, 2015 – check out the full concert photo gallery!

“I’m really overwhelmed right now,” said King in the Rock Hall exhibit. “I’ve come here since I was a little girl, and I played here over the summer [in 2015], and me and my band got super choked up. And just walking around and seeing how the Rock Hall keeps rock ‘n’ roll alive, to see my own dress is kind of mind-blowing, and I’m super choked up over it. It’s really cool.”

“Right Here, Right Now” takes a look at the evolution of rock and roll and its impact on the next generation of artists. Visitors ...


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Fan Picks: Old School Beastie Boys!

Friday, January 29: 10:45 a.m.
Posted by Rachel Keck

2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Beastie Boys exhibit in Cleveland

As the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland unveils its new Beastie Boys collection, we sat down with Rock Hall curator Meredith Rutledge-Borger to find out why curating this exhibit was personal.

RRHOF: Do you remember the first time you heard the Beastie Boys?

MR: I lived in New York City in the late 70s and early 80s. I worked at a record store and one day when I went to work there was this crazy thing on the turntable that was somebody prank calling a Carvel store and then it turned into this rap song. And [the song] kept repeating –"Cookie Puss, Cookie Puss" - which was the tasty treat that Carvel ice cream stores made. I immediately had to find out what this record was because it was just so funny, and it turned out it was the Beastie Boys. I fell in love. I was like, "Who are these kids?! This is so genius!"

So curating the new Beastie Boys exhibit at the Rock Hall must have been a trip down memory lane...

This is really the first time that I've worked on an exhibit with an artist that I've watched from the very ...


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Everything You Need to Know About 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction

Wednesday, January 27: 6:50 p.m.
Posted by Ivan Sheehan

2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Ticket Information

We heard your questions about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, compiled the most frequently asked ones, and created this Rock Hall FAQ just for you. Here we go:

Q: Who will be inducted in the Class of 2016?
A: Cheap Trick, Chicago, Deep Purple, N.W.A. and Steve Miller (all in the Performer Category) and Bert Berns (Nonperformer Category receiving the Ahmet Ertegun Award for Lifetime Achievement). This year’s group of Inductees includes three artists (Chicago, Cheap Trick and Steve Miller) who were on the ballot for the first time and a number of artists who’ve been discussed and deliberated for a number of years. Learn more about this year's class on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee page!

Q: Where and when will the 2016 Induction Ceremony be held?
A: Friday, April 8, 2016 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Barclays also hosted the event in 2014.

Q: When will tickets go on-sale to the public?
A: Tickets will go on sale to the public beginning February 5 at 9 a.m. EST via ticketmaster.com.

Q: Has the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony always been open to the ...


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Songs That Shaped Rock: The Eagles' "Take It Easy"

Thursday, January 21: 2:52 p.m.
Posted by Ivan Sheehan

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Glenn Frey live concert photograph RIP

Photo: Glenn Frey, ca. 1994, photographer unknown. From the Jeff Gold Collection at the Rock Hall's Library & Archives.

It's been a rough start to 2016 for rock fans mourning the loss of two Hall of Fame Inductees: David Bowie and Glenn Frey. Tributes have poured in from around the globe, a testament to the lasting impact and widespread influence of the music each created. Last week, we looked back on some of the David Bowie songs that shaped rock and roll, and this week it's only fitting we rewind to one of the Eagles' most enduring hits: "Take It Easy."

Guitarist Glenn Frey was a rocker from Detroit who headed to Los Angeles, where he befriended fellow musicians Jackson Browne and John David Souther. Drummer Don Henley and Frey met while backing Linda Ronstadt. Guitarist Bernie Leadon had previously done time with Gram Parsons and  Chris Hillman in the Flying Burrito Brothers; bassist Randy Meisner was a founding  member of Poco with Richie Furay and had played in Rick Nelson's Stone Canyon Band.  And they had all played together on Ronstadt's Silk Purse. No wonder they sounded accomplished from the get-go.

Decades later, in 2014 ...


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The Fabulous Friendship of David Bowie and Jane Scott

Wednesday, January 20: 5:44 p.m.
Posted by Anastasia Karel

autographed David Bowie photo with Cleveland Jane Scott Plain Dealer reporter

Pictured: Jane Scott with David Bowie in the late 70s during one of his Isolar tour stops. Did you see him perform on the Isolar or Isolar II tours?

I’m an archivist at the Rock Hall’s Library and Archives. I'm also a diehard music fan and collector. Bob Dylan is my all-time favorite – I've seen him in concert 60 times – but David Bowie was the first artist that I collected on vinyl. I believe that Bowie is one of those artists whose work should be owned in its original format, if only because of the cover art and sense that you're holding a piece of history. Unfortunately, I never saw Bowie in concert and didn't dive into his entire catalog as so many fans did, and yet, now that he is gone, I realize just how much he was a presence in my life.  And this week, it just so happened that my job created a collision of Bowie, Cleveland, and women in rock journalism.

My days involve a fair amount of detective work, such as forming connections between documents to describe a moment in rock history. One collection that will provide endless opportunities ...


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Pete Seeger, Howlin' Wolf and the Rebels of Sing Out!

Friday, January 15: 3:50 p.m.
Posted by Rachel Keck

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has joined forces with Sing Out! Magazine – a folk music publication started in 1950 by a group of progressive artists including Rock Hall Inductees Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie and more – bringing new rarely seen materials to the Hall of Fame’s Library and Archives.

The collection includes singular folk music, rare photographs and unique periodicals. The portion being preserved in the Library and Archives highlights women and minorities, as well as the political and social sides of folk, blues, gospel, rock and alternative genres.

Some of these treasures of the Sing Out! collection will feature in Louder Than Words: Rock, Power & Politics exhibit, but here's a first look at five rare photos now at the Rock Hall's Library and Archives – and the stories behind each.

Five Rare Photos From Sing Out! Magazine Collection:

1. 1988 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Woody Guthrie with a copy of his service award from the U.S. Department of Interior Conservation, alongside his second wife Marjorie and son Arlo at the Brooklyn Hospital in 1966. Guthrie got the award following the release of his album, The Columbia River Collection, which promotes the construction ...


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