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Through the Lens of Jimmy Baynes: Cleveland Rock and Roll History

Friday, February 8: 4:40 p.m.
Posted by Jennie Thomas
Photographer Jimmy Baynes' images provide a candid look at African-American life, music and culture.

Cleveland has been a hive of live music for decades. The city experienced tremendous growth in the years following World War II and, with it, an explosion of live music venues. The core of this activity took place on the east side of the city, home to Cleveland’s African-American population. Clubs like the Music Box, the Tia Juana, Leo’s Casino and Gleason’s hosted the best jazz, blues and R&B performers the era had to offer. The economic prosperity of the time was mirrored in the pulsing entertainment scene. 

Following this lively scene was postal worker Jimmy H. Baynes (July 12, 1922 – September 9, 2010), who supplemented his weekly paycheck through Baynes Foto Service at 2220 East 87th Street, primarily photographing local events in the African-American community. Though Baynes was not a trained photographer, the images he created over  three decades, from the 1950s into the 1980s – whether they are of weddings, beauty competitions, burlesque shows or live music performances  – provide an authentic and candid glimpse into African-American life, music and culture. Throughout the years, Baynes’ photographs appeared in Cleveland magazines and newspapers, such as the Call and Post.

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Video: Interview with Rosie Flores

Friday, January 4: 10 a.m.
Posted by Rock Hall
Award-winning "Girl of the Century," "Working Girl with Guitar" Rosie Flores interviewed backstage

While in Cleveland to perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's 17th annual American Music Masters tribute to Chuck Berry, Rosie Flores talked backstage about her first introduction to the guitar and the artists who've influenced her as a guitarist and songwriter. Flores, a fixture in the Austin, Texas music scene who helped reintroduce rockabilly pioneers Wanda Jackson and Janis Martin on her aptly titled 1995 album Rockabilly Filly and released Working Girls Guitar in 2012, shares how various Rock Hall inductees – from Chuck Berry to Jeff Beck – and other artists influenced her playing and songwriting.


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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Announces New President and CEO

Monday, December 3: 12 p.m.
Posted by Rock Hall
Greg Harris named as new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum president and CEO

"As a musician and historian, I'm thrilled to see a friend, Greg Harris, named as President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," said Roots drummer, DJ, producer and journalist Questlove. "His store, the Philadelphia Record Exchange, was my home away from home, and most of my 70,000 plus vinyl records came from there."

On Monday, December 3, 2012, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum announced that Gregory S. Harris, the Museum's VP of development since 2008, would be the organization's next president and CEO, successor to current Rock Hall president and CEO Terry Stewart. The transition will be effective January 1, 2013.

"I'm honored to be entrusted to lead the organization that preserves and presents this amazing art form for future generations,” said Harris. “Rock and roll is deeply rooted in our culture and when interpreted through a museum, provides a powerful forum to teach and inspire. Through Terry Stewart’s leadership, the staff has put this institution on solid ground. The Rock Hall is in the best shape ever, and I’m looking forward to a tremendous future.”

Earlier this year, current Rock and Roll Hall ...


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Spotlight Exhibit: Chuck Berry Collection at the Library + Archives

Wednesday, October 17: 10:30 a.m.
Posted by Jennie Thomas
Chuck Berry UK tour program circa 1964 at the Rock Hall Library and Archives

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Case Western Reserve University will honor rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry during the 17th annual American Music Masters® (AMM) series this October. Roll Over Beethoven: The Life and Music of Chuck Berry, a weeklong celebration beginning October 22 and culminating with a special tribute concert on October 27, will tell the story of one of the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

 As part of the celebration, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s Library and Archives has created a spotlight exhibit illustrating both essential and lesser known details about Berry’s life and career through materials such as concert posters, photographs, books, and audio and video of live performances – from his start with Johnnie “B. Goode” Johnson in the Sir John Trio in 1952 to his resurgence in the 1970s.

Chuck Berry performance invoice Ohio the Raspberries bandThe exhibit contains 14 items from the Museum’s permanent collections, including sheet music to his 1955 hit song “Maybellene” that helped ignite the rock and roll revolution; a promotional photograph for “School Day (Ring! Ring! Goes the Bell)” from his first album After School ...


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Rock Hall Welcomes 9-Millionth Visitor

Monday, October 8: 1 p.m.
Posted by Rock Hall
Judy Herlihy became the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's 9-millionth visitor on October 8

On Monday, October 8, 2012, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, welcomed its 9-millionth visitor since opening its doors on September 2, 1995. Lucky visitor Judy Herlihy from Rochester, New York, arrived to great fanfare when she entered the Museum at 11:30 am, as 500 balloons fell to the tune of Ian Hunter's "Cleveland Rocks," and a cheering crowd of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum staff provided a rousing welcome. As the nine-millionth visitor, Herlihy received a lifetime membership to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, a VIP vault tour, dinner for her and three guests at the Hard Rock Café in Cleveland, a SiriusXM Edge Radio with vehicle kit and free three-month subscription to XM Premier, and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum 25th Anniversary merchandise package. 

An avid music fan, the recently retired Herlihy spent the summer attending numerous concerts in the area. Herlihy, who had never visited Cleveland before, put touring the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum at the top of her list: “I just had to come to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ...


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U2 Conference Comes to Cleveland

Tuesday, September 11: 3 p.m.
Posted by Rock Hall
The Rock Hall will help present the 2013 international U2 conference in Cleveland from April 26-27

The U2 Conference will hold its second meeting for an international gathering of scholars, critics, teachers, and fans in collaboration with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, April 26-27, 2013. The keynote speaker is Ann Powers, popular music critic for National Public Radio. The inaugural 2009 meeting drew a multi-disciplinary group from seven countries and featured more than 40 formal presentations, three films, and a weekend of networking opportunities. It also produced the edited collection of essays Exploring U2: Is This Rock ‘n’ Roll? (Scarecrow Press, 2011).

The 2013 conference theme is "U2:TRANS-," indicating an interest in U2 as going across, over, and beyond boundaries in rock and roll and working toward making moments of passing through or crossing over possible for fans as well as for the band itself. Conference organizers have posted a Call for Presentations and more details at www.U2conference.com


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Growing the Northeast Ohio Popular Music Archives

Friday, August 31: 11 a.m.
Posted by Jennie Thomas
Master tapes of Cleveland punk legends the Dead Boys are part of the NEOPMA

Earlier this month, myself, the Grateful Dead archivist Nicholas Meriwether (who contributed to the Rock Hall's Grateful Dead: the Long, Strange Trip exhibit and wrote about the Dead's "best performance") and nine other archivists from a wide array of archival institutions presented at the Society of American Archivists’ annual meeting in San Diego.

Founded in 1936, the Society of American Archivists is North America's oldest and largest national archival professional association. SAA's mission is to serve the educational and informational needs of more than 5,500 individual and institutional members and to provide leadership to ensure the identification, preservation and use of records of historical value.

Archivists from The Pennsylvania State University; McDonald’s Corporation; Harley Davidson Motor Company; University of Alabama Rare Books and Special Collections; The Coca-Cola Company; ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives; Microsoft Corporation; American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming; the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center; the Grateful Dead Archive at the University of California, Santa Cruz; and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Library and Archives, gathered to each give a 5-minute talk about archival advocacy in their institutions and dialogue with each ...


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Jane Scott Collection Arrives at the Rock Hall Library and Archives

Thursday, August 9: 5 p.m.
Posted by Jennie Thomas
Beginning to sort the Jane Scott papers at the Rock Hall Library and Archives

Recently, the Library and Archives acquired the collection of Cleveland’s own Jane Scott, which includes items accumulated over the course of Scott’s long career as the first rock critic at a daily newspaper: interview notebooks, autographs, personal and promotional photographs, handbills, tour books, concert programs, sheet music, scrapbooks, posters, set lists, press passes, buttons, books, magazines, newspapers, fanzines, LPs, 45s, audiocassettes, CDs, videocassettes, DVDs, correspondence, artist press kits and newspaper clippings.

Packing up all the materials from her apartment and moving them to the Library and Archives took nearly five hours, with the guidance of Scott’s estate attorney and myself, and the assistance of four professionals from local Wood-Lee International Art Handler. The estate attorney had much of the material sorted by type of material in advance of our visit, which made the entire enterprise go more smoothly.

Often when archivists are asked to do this type of work, there are few bodies to assist and even less organization, so it was refreshing to come into this environment where not only had some level of organization been accomplished for us — filing cabinets emptied into cartons and a closet full of clippings and other documents sorted and ...


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