The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

Never-before-seen photographs from the World’s Most Famous Arena capture key moments in rock and roll history


CLEVELAND (April 21, 2009) – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will unveil Live from Madison Square Garden: From the Lens of George Kalinsky on Friday, May 1, in the Museum’s Ahmet M. Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall. The images captured by Kalinsky’s camera, including many never-before-seen portraits, represent some of the seminal moments in the history of rock music.  Over the course of its history, Madison Square Garden established itself as the penultimate iconic venue, synonymous with indelible moments in entertainment, and this exhibition highlights many of the history-making performances over the last 40 years. 

George Kalinsky has been the official photographer of Madison Square Garden (MSG) since 1966, and in 2001 was honored with the PMDA International Photographer of the Year award - the highest accolade given by the photography industry. His artistry is also part of permanent collections which include the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Governor’s Mansion in Albany NY, the Jewish Museum of New York, and the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

Kalinsky’s portfolio of photographs that will be on exhibit in Live from Madison Square Garden include:

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
A photograph of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, taken on November 27, 1969, marks the first time ever that the Rolling Stones played at Madison Square Garden. The Stones were breaking in their new lead guitarist Mick Taylor, who had only been with the group for five months. Performances from this concert were recorded and released on the Stones’ seminal live album Get Your YaYa’s Out.

Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley made one historic stand at Madison Square Garden in 1972.  He played four shows between June 9th and June 11th, including a matinee. It was the first time he had performed in New York City since the late 1950s.  Presley’s photograph was taken by Kalinsky on June 11, 1972; he was the only professional working photographer at the Garden that night.

Sly Stone’s Wedding Ceremony
Sly Stone never played by the established musical rules. He combined rock and funk. His band, the Family Stone, was one of the first racially integrated groups with both women and men.  His concerts were equally unpredictable; sometimes he would show up for a gig, sometimes he did not bother.  On June 5th, 1974, Sly and the band played Madison Square Garden and gave the audience an extra bonus – he got married onstage by a reverend and with extended family.  Kalinsky captured the ceremony from the front row.

John Lennon and Elton John
On Thanksgiving night, November 28, 1974, John Lennon made his final live performance at Madison Square Garden, sitting in with Elton John for three songs:  “Whatever Gets You Thru the Night,” “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and “I Saw Her Standing There.” Elton John had played on the recording session for “Whatever Gets You Thru the Night” and made a bet with Lennon that if the song went to #1, Lennon would appear with him in concert.  Lennon accepted the wager, confident that the song would never reach #1.

Jon Bon Jovi – Concert for New York City

On October 20, 2001, just weeks after the tragic events that occurred on September 11th, a benefit concert was held at Madison Square Garden to honor those who lost their lives in the attacks and those who were working on the recovery efforts.  The lineup of artists who participated included Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, the Who, Billy Joel, Elton John, Jon Bon Jovi, and David Bowie.

Live from Madison Square Garden: From the Lens of George Kalinsky will close on January 31, 2010. 

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission both through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.

The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  On Wednesdays the Museum is open until 9 p.m.  Museum admission is $20 for adults, $14 for seniors (60+), $11 for children (9-12) and children under 8 and Museum members are free. When you become a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the world of rock and roll becomes yours to explore. Call 216.515.1939 for information on becoming a member. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK.

About Madison Square Garden

Madison Square Garden, L.P. is owned by Cablevision Systems Corporation and includes the New York Knicks (NBA); the New York Rangers (NHL); the New York Liberty (WNBA); the Hartford Wolf Pack (American Hockey League); MSG Entertainment, which includes concerts and events at Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, The WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden, the Beacon Theatre, the legendary Chicago Theatre, as well as an exclusive co-booking agreement with the venerable Wang Theatre in Boston, and which manages wholly-owned live entertainment properties including the Radio City Rockettes and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular; MSG Media, which is comprised of television networks MSG and MSG Plus, MSG Interactive, which oversees all company wireless and online initiatives, and Fuse, the only national music television network; and the Madison Square Garden arena complex, located in the heart of the New York metropolitan area.