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Posts by Howard Kramer

The Rolling Stones on Tour – and Exhibit

Wednesday, April 3: 5 p.m.
Posted by Howard Kramer
The Rolling Stones announce 2013 North American tour dates

Today the Rolling Stones announced their 2013 tour schedule (see below). Between that Rolling Stones news and the work the Curatorial, Exhibitions and Collections staff have been doing to get ready for Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction, a feature ...

Categories: Inductee, Exhibit, Today in Rock
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Gallery Talk: Robert Lockwood Jr.'s Custom Guitar

Monday, February 18: 1 p.m.
Posted by Howard Kramer
Robert Lockwood Jr. with custom guitar, now on exhibit at the Rock Hall in Cleveland

On February 11, 2013, Robert Lockwood Jr.'s custom 12-string electric guitar was placed on permanent exhibit in the Roots of Rock and Roll galleries at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. Lockwood ...

Categories: Gallery Talk, Hall of Fame, Inductee, Exhibit, Black History Month
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Gallery Talk: Janis Joplin's 1965 Porsche 356C Cabriolet

Saturday, January 19: 9 a.m.
Posted by Howard Kramer
Janis Joplin and her band Big Brother on the front left fender of her 1965 Porsche

Born January 19, 1943, Janis Joplin brought her powerful, bluesy voice from Texas to San Francisco’s psychedelic scene, where she went from drifter to superstar. She has been called “the greatest white urban blues and soul singer of her ...

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Gallery Talk: Jimi Hendrix's Guitars

Tuesday, November 27: 9:30 a.m.
Posted by Howard Kramer

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, is home to a singular collection of Jimi Hendrix artifacts that help tell his story, from his boyhood days in Seattle, Washington, through his meteoric rise to ...

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Spotlight Exhibit: Chuck Berry's Handwritten Lyrics

Wednesday, October 17: 10:31 a.m.
Posted by Howard Kramer
The Rock Hall will celebrate Chuck Berry's 86th birthday with two special exhibits

Among the first artists ever inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, Chuck Berry is often referred to as the "Father of Rock and Roll" – a well deserved title, according to Rock and Roll Hall ...

Categories: American Music Masters, Inductee, Exhibit, Spotlight Exhibit, Event
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Spotlight Exhibit: Grateful Dead at Giza

Monday, September 17: 10 a.m.
Posted by Howard Kramer
Jerry Garcia and Donna Jean Godchaux of the Grateful Dead perform at Giza in 1978

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum curatorial director Howard Kramer shares the story behind the Grateful Dead's performances at the Great Pyramid of Giza in 1978, including the dress vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux wore during one ...

Categories: Inductee, Exhibit, Spotlight Exhibit
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Spotlight Exhibit: the Dells' Apollo Theater Battle of the Groups Trophy

Monday, July 2: 3:06 p.m.
Posted by Howard Kramer
The Dells

The Dells are one of the longest-lived rhythm & blues vocal groups. Their origins date back to 1952, and the group’s original lineup – lead tenor Johnny Funches, second tenor Verne Allison, lead baritone Marvin Junior, baritone Michael “Mickey” McGill ...

Categories: Inductee, Exhibit, Spotlight Exhibit
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Spotlight Exhibit: John Lennon's 1963 Gretsch 6120

Friday, June 15: 1 p.m.
Posted by Howard Kramer
John Lennon's 1963 Gretsch 6120

the Beatles tribute weekend at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in ClevelandAfter the Beatles achieved success, they could afford the kind of instruments they had only dreamed about as struggling musicians. Although Gretsch guitars were primarily associated with George Harrison, John Lennon acquired this particular guitar in 1966. He used ...

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