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From AC/DC to Van Halen: Rock Photographer Janet Macoska's Visual Tour

Friday, September 20: 10 a.m.
Posted by Rock Hall
Geddy Lee of Rush live in Cleveland, in 1982 / photo in new exhibit at Cleveland Hopkins airport

This week, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in partnership with Cleveland Hopkins International airport unveiled a new exhibit showcasing the work of celebrated rock and roll photographer and Cleveland native Janet Macoska. Travelers will experience the new “Live from Cleveland, Ohio!” exhibit  in the Public Art Gallery at the entrance to Concourse A  – a welcome to travelers befitting Cleveland's status as a true rock and roll city. 

Macoska has been capturing some of rock’s greatest moments regularly since 1974.  Her photos have been published in Rolling Stone, People, US, Vogue, American Photo, Creem, 16 Magazine, The New York Times and The London Times as well as appearing on VH1 and other film productions.

“Growing up in Cleveland provided the perfect stage to build my career as a photographer in love with rock music,” says Macoska.  “In 2014, I will have been working this mission for 40 years.  The images you will see in this exhibition are favorites of mine, captured during the coolest concerts to come through Cleveland along with some of the best moments I've experienced as house photographer for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.”  

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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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Girls on Film: 40 Years of Women in Rock (and the challenges overcome)

Wednesday, January 19: 11:37 a.m.
Grace Slick of the Jefferson Airplane, Grant Park, Chicago: May 1969 (photo by Anastasia Pantsios)

I’m excited to be opening my photo show, Girls on Film: 40 Years of Women in Rock, at the Rock Hall on February 14. Going over my negatives, and picking and printing the images, gave me the chance to reflect on my own trajectory as a photographer and a music fan. I’ve also been mulling over why, after a couple of years of thinking about such a show and vice president of exhibitions and curatorial affairs Jim Henke saying “Anytime you’re ready, let’s talk,” this particular theme and selection of work is important to me.

The earliest image in the show was taken at a free daytime concert in Grant Park in Chicago (where I grew up) in 1969. I was new to both photography and rock music. I borrowed a camera from my father — he was a serious amateur photographer whose taste in subjects ran to scenery and flowers — and brought it with me to take pictures of Jefferson Airplane, the band that had recently sparked my interest in rock and roll, largely due to its distinctive singer, Grace Slick, who was neither the ethereal Joni Mitchell-style folk girl or the bad-ass blues mama ...


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