This summer as rock and roll fans gather at musical festivals around the globe, the Rock Hall is celebrating the the greatest music festivals in history, the biggest and baddest music festivals of today and the fans who make Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience.
From June 12-15, the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival takes over Manchester, Tennessee, with a host of performances from some of the biggest names in music. Among the headlining acts and performers at Bonnaroo this year are a number of artists who also feature in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, in Cleveland, Ohio, including four Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees.
Percussionist Mickey Hart was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 with his bandmates in the Grateful Dead. When Hart visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in 2012, he shared stories about the first time he ever saw the Grateful Dead live and the San Francisco scene in the 60s. Pictured below is his illuminated signature in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.
Bobby Womack was born in Cleveland, where he and his siblings formed a gospel group. Sam Cooke, then lead singer of the Soul Stirrers, recorded the Womacks on his secular label as the Valentinos. The group cut “Looking for a Love” (later covered by the J. Geils Band) and “It’s All Over Now.” The Rolling Stones’ cover of the latter song gave the Stones their second Top 40 hit in the States. Recording under his own name, Womack made his greatest mark in the 70s and 80s. From 1970 to 1990, Womack was popular and prolific, charting 36 singles. These include such major R&B hits as “That’s the Way I Feel About Cha,” “Woman’s Gotta Have It” and “If You Think You’re Lonely Now.” Womack topped the R&B chart with his 1974 re-recording of “Lookin’ for a Love.” Bobby Womack wore the vest pictured below, part of the Museum's Cleveland exhibit, in the 70s and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.
Inducted with the Doors in 1993, guitarist Robbie Krieger brought to the group his distinctive, elegant playing style unlike the blues-based guitar leanings favored by most his six-string peers in the 60s. A multi-instrumentalist, Krieger studied flamenco guitar and the sarod and sitar, two Indian classical instruments. Krieger used the sitar pictured below, part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Legends exhibit, on the Doors’ recording of “The Unknown Soldier.”
Jack White and Meg White formed the White Stripes in 1997 in Detroit, delivering an earthy, simple-on-the-surface take on the blues that struck a powerful chord with audiences and critics alike. Their breakthrough album, 2003’s Elephant, went platinum and included the hit “Seven Nation Army.” The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's Music of the Midwest exhibit includes 2001 stage plot, guest list and promo photo from a 2001 White Stripes concert at Cleveland's Beachland Ballroom and Tavern, all pictured below.
Elton John is among the most successful musical artists of the modern era. In terms of popularity, he ranks with Elvis Presley and the Beatles among rock and rollers. Moreover, his longevity as an active recording artist surpasses both of them. In 1992, he broke Presley’s old record for the most consecutive years of Top 40 hits on Billboard’s singles chart, having been a continual presence in every year since “Your Song” debuted in December 1970. A multifaceted talent, John excels as both a ballad-oriented singer/songwriter and a flamboyant rock and roll star. Pictured above is his illuminated signature in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. Watch Elton John's 1994 Hall of Fame Induction acceptance with Bernie Taupin:
Skrillex describes his current sound as “a mix of dubstep, electro and glitch all thrown together.” He adds that he has “been deep into electronic music my entire life. The first records I ever owned were The Fat of the Land by the Prodigy and Come to Daddy by Aphex Twin.” In November 2011, Skrillex was nominated for five Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist. Skrillex used the above pictured Apple MacBook Pro onstage in 2010 and 2011. He also used it in the studio while recording his Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites EP. He used the pictured midi controller, which creates percussion and drum sounds, at more than 300 live shows in 2010 and 2011.