The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to launch a new weekly Gallery Talk program every Tuesday at 1 p.m. beginning on February 5, 2013. Lending a more in-depth look at artists and their personal collection items, each curator or docent-lead tour is complimentary with Museum admission and will take place in different exhibition areas from week to week. The initial series schedule is below.
Gallery Talk attendees will be encouraged to share their experience by utilizing Twitter hashtags #gallerytalk and #rockhall to “tweet while you tour.”
Gallery Talks include:
Exhibit: The Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum presents Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfactionis a comprehensive retrospective exhibit that chronicles the band from the mid-1960s until today. The exhibit, which takes up two-and-a-half floors of the Museum, celebrates the Rolling Stones’ incredible contribution to popular music from their earliest days playing small clubs, to their era-defining recordings such as “Gimme Shelter,” “Paint It Black,” “Jumping Jack Flash,” “Tumbling Dice,” “It’s Only Rock And Roll” and sold-out global tours. Through the use of artifacts, film, text and interactive technology, generations of music fans will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with rare items from nearly every aspect of the Stones’ astonishing five decades at the top.
Exhibit: The British Invasion and the Beatles
The Beatles’ impact on rock and roll, and on popular culture in general, cannot be overstated. The Beatles revived rock and roll, which many people thought was dead, and greatly expanded its musical and lyrical boundaries. Beginning in the Beatles exhibit area, this Gallery Talk features the story of oneof the biggest bands in rock and roll history.
Exhibit: Jimi Hendrix and Psychedelic San Francisco
This Gallery Talk begins in the Cities and Sounds: San Francisco – Somebody to Love (1965 – 1969) exhibit. San Francisco served as a magnet for musicians, artists and social rebels in the mid-to-late Sixties. The city’s innovative and popular musical groups –Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Santana – changed the way music was performed and experienced. The talk then moves to the life and music of Jimi Hendrix, arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music who expanded the range and vocabulary of the electric guitar into areas no musician had ever ventured before.
Elvis, Memphis and the 1950s
This Gallery Talk begins in the ELVIS exhibit, highlighting different chapters in his career. The story then moves to the Cities and Sounds: Memphis – Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On (1948 – 1959), where the story of Sun Records and the city of Memphis shaped the development of early rock music with artists such as Elvis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis. This tour concludes in the Rave On: Rock and Roll’s Early Years exhibit, featuring the pioneering artists of the 1950s, who provided the template for rock and roll – its driving beat, fashion consciousness, minimalist instrumentation and independent spirit.