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Remembering 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Ian McLagan

Wednesday, December 3: 5:37 p.m.

The Small Faces and Faces created some of the most inventive and lasting music of their time. Ian McLagan’s Hammond organ provided depth to the soulful aesthetic of the earlier mod group, and color to its later, and rowdier, incarnation featuring Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart.  

After the Faces broke up in 'mid-70s, McLagan went on to a solo career and was an in-demand session musician, working with the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne and many others. For the last several years, he led the Bump Band, based out of Austin, Texas.

Just days before the Faces/Small Faces induction into the Rock Hall in 2012, McLagan, Wood, and Kenney Jones visited the newly opened Library and Archives in Cleveland for a book event. The intimate gathering provided a unique insight into the popular 60s and 70s groups. 

The following year, McLagan and they also recently deceased Bobby Keys took the stage at the Annual Music Masters tribute concert honoring the Rolling Stones. 

Mac’s talents and warm personality will be missed by fans, his many friends in music and all of us at the Museum. We were honored to count him as a friend and ...


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Five Minutes with Fame: My Chemical Romance

Friday, September 16: 10:30 a.m.
Posted by Rock Hall

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to partner with Microsoft Zune for Five Minutes with Fame, an exclusive video series on the Zune Marketplace featuring singers, songwriters and bands at the forefront of today's music. After a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum, we sit down with artists to talk about their music, their road to success, inspirations, being on tour and of course, some of their favorite artists and artifacts highlighted in the Museum. This week's featured artist is My Chemical Romance.

WATCH:

Here the band talk about Joey Ramone's leather jacket, Jim Morrison's cub scout shirt, Kurt Cobain's guitar, Pink Floyd's the Wall.

Formed in New Jersey following the events of September 11, My Chemical Romance came to be through a collaboration between singer Gerard Way, bassist Mike Way, guitarists Frank Iero and Ray Toro, and drummer Matt Pelissier (later replaced by Bob Bryar).With their lineup in place, the bandmates began touring and making plans for an album.

One year later, My Chemical Romance's debut, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought ...


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Five Minutes with Fame: Wiz Khalifa

Friday, August 19: 9:21 a.m.
Posted by Rock Hall
Bookmark our blog for a new video from a different artist each week!

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to partner with Microsoft Zune for Five Minutes with Fame, an exclusive video series on the Zune Marketplace featuring some of the most current and noteworthy singers, songwriters and bands on today’s charts. After a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum, we sit down to talk with each artist about their music, the road to their success, inspirations, being on tour, and of course, some of their favorite artists and artifacts highlighted in the Museum.

Along with the Microsoft's Zune Marketplace on PC and XBox Live, the only place you’ll be able to see these videos is right here each week on rockhall.com. This week we’re kicking off with an interview with hip-hop artist Wiz Khalifa.

Possessing a keenness that belied his age, Pittsburgh, PA artist Wiz Khalifa came to be a rising star over the course of the late 2000s based on his young bravado and hardcore yet charismatic execution of rhymes. Performing since the age of 12 and consciously building up his city's hip-hop reputation, he sought to create a sound that was uniquely Pittsburgh, relying on his East Coast (Jay-Z, Wu-Tang ...


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The Real Story of the Santana Blues Band

Wednesday, November 18: 10:07 p.m.
Posted by Shelby Morrison
Gregg Rolie thanks the audience at the AMM Janis Joplin Tribute Concert on November 14, 2009. Photo:

There are few things better that come out of our education programs than the real “behind the music” style stories shared by the artists and musicians who we celebrate. Such a story was told to me this past weekend by the co-founder and lead singer of Santana, Hall of Fame Inductee Gregg Rolie when he was in town to perform with fellow Inductee Michael Carabello for our 14th Annual American Music Masters series honoring Janis Joplin.

In most of the biographies you will read about Santana, they are rather ambiguous about the details of how the band was actually formed. You read about how Gregg Rolie and Carlos Santana were both in San Francisco in the 1960’s and then magically, there was Santana. When Gregg Rolie said to me, “you know how Santana really formed, don’t you?…it was in a tomato patch.” I knew I was about to be let in on a rock and roll secret.

This is how it really happened.

The origins of the Santana Blues Band, which later became just Santana, lie in a chance meeting between keyboardist and lead singer, Gregg Rolie and guitarist, Carlos Santana. The two knew of each other ...


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