The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum


Collecting the Counterculture: Julio Mario Santo Domingo, Jr.

Open October 9, 2013 - December 31, 2013 | Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum / Main Exhibit Hall

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum unveils Collecting the Counterculture: Julio Mario Santo Domingo, Jr., an exclusive look into the private collection of one of the world’s most passionate collectors of all things pop culture and rock and roll. The exhibition officially opens Wednesday, October 9, 2013 and will showcase a number of extraordinary and whimsical objects Santo Domingo obtained over the course of his lifetime.

Collecting the Counterculture: Julio Mario Santo Domingo, Jr., will fill the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's Patty, Jay and Kizzie Baker Gallery with eclectic pieces of rock and roll history. In addition, a number of items from Santo Domingo’s collection related to the Rolling Stones are currently on display in the Museum’s special exhibition, Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction.

Santo Domingo (1958-2009) was a Colombian businessman who devoted himself to amassing one of the world’s largest private collections exploring man’s relationship with sex, drugs, the occult, social taboos, popular culture and rock and roll. Santo Domingo kept his collection in an inconspicuous warehouse in Geneva, Switzerland, that held nearly 100,000 books and at least the same amount of other diverse objects, ranging from posters and paintings to medicine bottles and pinball machines.

Collecting the Counterculture: Julio Mario Santo Domingo, Jr. exhibit highlights include:

Bicycle owned by Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd, c. 2000

Lead Belly essay written by Woody Guthrie, c. 1947

John Lennon’s Japanese cabinet, c. 1900

A diary belonging to Keith Moon of the Who, 1978


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