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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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Fan Reaction: We Want To Hear From You

Wednesday, January 4: 9 a.m.
Posted by Rock Hall

As the world's only museum devoted to rock and roll – the foremost cultural movement of our time – we're committed to engaging fans from around the world, both in and outside the Museum. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's website, social media and e-newsletter keep you connected with all the latest from the world of rock and roll, so we want to hear from you to let us know how we're doing and to better understand the Rock Hall online community. (pictured: Muddy Waters' 1958 Fender Telecaster

Below are links to two surveys about your online needs and experiences with our e-newsletter and social media sites. We encourage you to take the survey(s) that best applies to you.

Click here to participate in our e-newsletter survey.

Click here to participate in our social media survey.

Each strictly confidential survey will take less than five minutes to complete – less time than it takes to watch the Rolling Stones with special guests including Bob Dylan, John Fogerty, George Harrison, Bruce Springsteen and more perform "Satisfaction" at the 1989 Inductions.


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Five Minutes with Fame: Hollywood Undead

Friday, November 18: 1 p.m.
Posted by Rock Hall
Hollywood Undead

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 Hollywood Undead.

As their name not-so subtly suggests, Hollywood Undead emerged from the music scene in Tinseltown, combining elements of hip-hop and hardcore in a sound they call "heavy pop." The first incarnation of the band took shape in 2005, and evolved into the six mask-wearing musicians that compose Hollywood Undead today: Johnny 3 Tears, J-Dog, Charlie Scene, Da Kurlzz, Funny Man and Daniel "Danny" Murillo.

The band's debut album Swan Songs was released in 2008, selling more than 800,000 copies worldwide. Sales were helped by two years on the road that found the band headlining international gigs and on the bill at major festivals, including the Download Festival in the UK ...


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Rock Hall Redesign

Wednesday, November 9: 5:14 p.m.
Posted by Jim Henke
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's main exhibit hall gets an exciting redesign

About 14 months ago the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame began working on a redesign of the museum’s galleries. It was a project that we had talked about for quite a few years, and in September 2010 it finally got underway. The project had a couple of main goals: upgrading all of the audio, video and interactive elements, improving wayfinding  and – most importantly – reorganizing the exhibits so they tell the story of rock and roll in a more chronological way. The Museum’s exhibits have always covered the entire history of rock and roll, from the roots of rock up to the present, but they were never in any particular order. The roots exhibits were in one section of the main gallery, while the Fifties exhibit was way on the other side of the gallery. We wanted to correct that.

Making these changes meant we had to have a lot of new cases built, and we also added a few new exhibits. For example, we used to have an exhibit on Ohio music; now we have an exhibit on Cleveland’s music and one on the music of the Midwest. We also added a heavy metal exhibit, and ...


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Today in Rock: Chuck Berry is Born

Tuesday, October 18: 5 p.m.
Posted by Terry Stewart
Chuck Berry

Roll over Beethoven and tell Tchaikovsky the news: it's Chuck Berry's birthday.

Let's hear it for the man who taught us about everything from cooling off your car's engine with rain water blowin' all under the hood, to all we needed to know about girls named "Carol" and "Nadine." In fact, the Shakespeare of rock and roll informed us about most the things we needed to know in those nascent days of the music that's become the soundtrack of our lives. 

Imagine what it meant to me when he referred to my hometown of Mobile in "Let It Rock." It was great being with you recently, Mr. Berry,  and it thrills me that you are still knockin' 'em out like Johnny B. Goode.

More About Hall of Fame Inductee Chuck Berry:
(pictured: Chuck Berry's Gibson ES-335, part of the Museum's featured collection)

While no individual can be said to have invented rock and roll, Chuck Berry comes the closest of any single figure to being the one who put all the essential pieces together. It was his particular genius to graft country & western guitar licks onto a rhythm & blues chassis in his very ...


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The Universal Sound of Protest

Thursday, October 13: 9:30 a.m.
Posted by Rock Hall
"World Have Your Say" host Ros Atkins asks, "Has protest music disappeared?"

This week, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum was honored to host an international discussion when BBC World Service's World Have Your Say broadcast live from the Museum's Alan Freed Studio. The program brought together a diverse panel of guests, including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame President and CEO Terry Stewart and Rock Hall Vice President of Education and Public Programs Lauren Onkey, who traded insights with remote guests English singer-songwriter Billy Bragg, Egyptian rapper and poet Mohamed El Deeb, Yoko Ono and more. Host Ros Atkins posed the question that fueled the program's discussion: Has protest music disappeared?

"We had a spirited discussion about whether music can bring about social change," says Onkey. "It's a difficult thing to measure. The easy thing to do is to pull out a topical song, like an anti-war or anti-apartheid song, and measure it against whether or not something changed about that specific issue. But I think that change is harder to measure, and much broader and sometimes more subtle than that. 

"Songs can educate us about an issue or a point of view from the past – The Specials' "Ghost Town," Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young ...


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Remembering Steve Jobs

Thursday, October 6: 5 p.m.
Posted by Todd Mesek
Steve Jobs / photo by Matt Yohe

Steve Jobs famously spoke about “1,000 songs in your pocket.” That was in 2001. In a time when the rest of the world was still trying to understand e-commerce, Jobs had a vision. It wasn’t about giving the people what they want. It was about showing them something new, something they never dreamed about, something irresistible. His mantra was to make it simple, fast, convenient and easy to use. You could get nearly anything in one click. Music was not only easier to purchase, but also easier to carry, easier to store and easier to access.

Like the transistor radio in the '50s, the iPod altered the course of music by changing the way a new generation of fans found and consumed new music. Every day at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, we see teenagers who are seeking out seminal rock and roll artists. They're looking for the Beatles, the Stones, the Doors, the Who and countless other artists, some of whom haven’t recorded in 30 or 40 years. They’re passionate fans. They’re wearing the T-shirts. They know every song, and they’ve made their pilgrimage to the Rock and ...


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All the World's on Stage

Wednesday, October 5: 12 p.m.
Posted by Rock Hall
Ancient South Indian dance by Mahima Venkatesh

On Sunday, October 9, the universal language of music takes center stage during the 13th annual World Festival at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. "The World Festival celebrates the wonderful cultures in our community," says Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Vice President of Planning and External Affairs Dr. Jacklyn Chisholm. "We get to enjoy music from around the world in a world-renowned Museum. What could be better!"

The celebration of culture will fill the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's main lobby from noon to 4 pm, as the greater Cleveland area's diverse ethnic communities come together to share traditions and musical legacies. The region's rich cultural mosaic will be complemented by musicians that include African Soul International, R&B vocal group Artistree, Brazilian jazz artist Moises Borges (pictured below), the Puerto Rican tropical band stylings of Nano Cabrera, Native American rockers Native Reign, lively Ancient South Indian dance by Mahima Venkatesh, traditional Greek dance by Sts. Constantine and Helenic Senior Hellenic Dancers, Middle Eastern dance by Wind and Sand Dance Company, and the sounds of Cleveland-based The Vernon Jones Blues Cartel. The 2011 World Festival will be ...


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