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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, Les Paul, passes away

Thursday, August 13: 5:45 p.m.
Posted by Jim Henke
Photo from the 2008 American Music Masters tribute concert, courtesy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fa

It’s a very sad day for everyone who loves music. Les Paul passed away. He was truly one of the greats. He was a great guitar player. He was a great innovator, responsible for the solid-body electric guitar and for multi-track recording. He had an amazing life. He spent 94 years here on earth. And his mind stayed sharp the entire time, and he continued to perform, playing at a New York club every Monday night until recently. I had the privilege to know Les. When we were first working on the Museum, I called him and he told me he was giving all of his things to the Smithsonian. A few years later, he called me and said he was coming to Cleveland to see his doctor and he wanted to see the Hall of Fame. I gave him a tour, and at the end he said, “Jim, you are right. This is where my stuff belongs. If I gave everything to the Smithsonian, I would be lucky if they put one guitar on the wall. And it would probably be next to Judy Garland’s red slippers and no one would care about my guitar.” We then ...


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Rock Hall’s Chief Curator Talks about the Anniversary of Woodstock

Thursday, August 13: 12 p.m.
Posted by Jim Henke
Map of Woodstock Festival from the Rock Hall exhibit WOODSTOCK: The 40th Anniversary.

This month marks the 40th anniversary of Woodstock. Yes, the music festival that had such an impact on our culture took place 40 years ago! Those babies who were born at Woodstock are now 40 years old! And nowadays, it seems like everyone you ask claims they were at Woodstock. Well, I wasn’t there. I was still a teenager, too young to drive. And I’m sure my parents would not have let me go even if I could have driven. But, like so many others, I watched the coverage on the television and read the stories in the newspapers. Then, when the movie was finally released, I was able to experience the great music that was made at Woodstock. Yes, there were music festivals before Woodstock, but none of them had the cultural impact that Woodstock did. It was a cultural milestone, the coming of age of the peace and love generation. It was no longer our parents’ world. It was our world. We were against the war in Vietnam. We loved rock and roll and we proved that three days of peace, love and music among half a million dirty, hungry young people was possible. Yes, Woodstock ...


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From Springsteen to Strummer: A Tour of the Museum from a First Time Visitor

Thursday, January 28: 12 p.m.
Posted by Caryn Rose

Guest blogger Caryn Rose shares her thoughts with us about her visit to see the Rock Hall’s special exhibit From Asbury Park to the Promised Land and her first tour of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

It’s a funny thing to have watched Bruce Springsteen sitting at the Kennedy Center, with his rainbow ribbon award around his neck, and find yourself standing in front of that very award just a few weeks later, in his exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It’s even odder that that ribbon is in a room along with the legendary Esquire, and that you can get close enough to the guitar (inside its case, of course!) that you can see that the legend is true, that there’s more glue than wood in some places. It’s in a room with the very jeans that adorned the very ass that graced the cover of Born In The USA, the original handwritten lyrics to “Tenth Avenue Freeze Out” (with the “freeze out” written in wriggly letters I assume was meant to convey ice), the very flannel shirt that was on the cover of The River (the cuffs so ...


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Past Celebrity Sightings, Book 3

Sunday, January 4: 2:08 p.m.
Posted by No Author

Each year, more than 100 artists and celebrities visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to tour the facility, participate in exhibit openings and our outstanding educational programs.

Book Three of Past Celebrity Sightings includes:

  • Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Anne V
  • The cast of High School Musical
  • Actress Joan Collins
  • American Idol winner Taylor Hicks
  • NBA legends David Robinson and Bill Walton
  • Dave Price and Harry Smith of CBS's The Early Show

 

View the Book Three Photo Gallery

 


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Past Celebrity Sightings, Book 2

Saturday, January 3: 2:19 p.m.
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Each year, more than 100 artists and celebrities visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to tour the facility, participate in exhibit openings and our outstanding educational programs.

Book Two of Past Celebrity Sightings includes:

  • Lynn Goldsmith
  • John Mayer
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • DJ Dusty Street
  • Taylor Swift
  • Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman
  • New Found Glory
  • Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of The Doors
  • We are the Fury

 

View the Book Two Photo Gallery.


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Past Celebrity Sightings, Book 1

Friday, January 2: 4:50 a.m.
Posted by No Author

Each year, more than 100 artists and celebrities visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to tour the facility, participate in exhibit openings and our outstanding educational programs.

Book One of Past Celebrity Sightings includes:

 

View the Photo Gallery for Book One.


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Introducing the NEW rockhall.com!

Thursday, March 11: 4:13 p.m.
Posted by Todd Mesek
The new rockhall.com homepage

Big news today! We are proud to tell you that the newly-designed rockhall.com website is up and running. On any given day, more people connect with the Rock Hall via the website than in any other way. Our mission, as you know, is to educate visitors, fans and scholars about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. The new website brings that to life.

This new site  encourages users to go deeper within the site, to stay longer on the site and to connect with us. It will be filled with exclusive artist interviews, induction videos, photo galleries, songs, transcripts of induction speeches and merchandise.

The redesigned site is fueled by a new content management system in which Rock Hall staffers can use one interface to post more quickly video, blogs, photo galleries and other content to different pages.

Amazing things happen here in Cleveland. Legendary artists tell stories you’ve never heard. New artists are discovered. People behind the scenes share different perspectives and history is both documented and made here.

The website and digital strategy was provided courtesy of a generous grant from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation in New York ...


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Does Rock and Roll Belong in a Museum?

Tuesday, March 16: 3:33 p.m.
Posted by Lenny Kaye
The Rock Hall's SXSW panel Does Rock and Roll Belong in a Museum? is March 18 in Austin.

I am in the basement of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, staring at the sacred object that is John Cippollina’s amplifier, a Bride-of-Frankenstein creation that shotgun-marries the solid stateliness of Standell with the classique tube overload of Fender, topped by two monstrous horns to ensure the treble frequencies pierce any solar plexus within range.

Of course, I would love to hear this magnificent beast, especially when brought to life by the electric magnetic energy of John’s custom Gibson SG which sits awaiting next to its amplifier; but of course, that is impossible, given Cippollina’s unfortunately early demise.  Yet I am as close to it as I might be on any night at the Avalon Ballroom in 1966; and I vicariously partake of its magic, inspiration, and thingness, seeing within it the shadow of its creator. 

Over the past couple of months, with the imminent opening of the long awaited Hall of Fame Library, that will provide an archive of this hybrid musical mutation we call rock and roll, of which I have been a longtime vocal proponent and hunter/gatherer, I have been asked whether such enshrinement is good for the unruly immediacy that characterizes ...


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