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December 2012 | Blog Archives

Video: Interview with Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart

Friday, December 21: 5 p.m.
Posted by Rock Hall
Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart on being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The 2013 class of Hall of Fame inductees was announced at a press conference on Tuesday, December 11, 2012, at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Among the inductees on hand during the conference were Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, who sat down with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to share what it was like learning they were being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, their influences – including Hall of Fame inductees Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, Elton John, Aretha Franklin and Paul Simon – and the importance of preserving this music at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.


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20 Essential Rock and Roll Holiday Songs

Friday, December 21: 10 a.m.
Posted by Rock Hall
The best rock and roll holiday songs as chosen by former Rock Hall CEO Terry Stewart

Below you’ll find a list – presented in no particular order – of my favorite rock and roll holiday songs. This was not an easy list to whittle down to a Top 20, so I encourage you to share the holiday songs that resonate most with you.  

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! Come to Cleveland and visit us at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum!

20. Bobby Vee - "A Not So Merry Christmas"

 

19. Jack Scott - "There's Trouble Brewin'"

 

18. Canned Heat and the Chipmunks - "Chipmunk Song" 

 

17. The Penguins - "Jingle Jangle"

 

16. Brenda Lee - "Papa Noel"

 

15. Elvis Presley - "Santa Claus Is Back In Town"

 

14. The Hepsters - "Rockin' And Rollin' With Santa Claus"

 

13. The Drifters - "White Christmas"

 

12. Mabel Scott - "Boogie Woogie Santa Claus"

 

11. The Cameos - "Merry Christmas"

 

10. The Moonglows - "Hey Santa Claus"

 

9. Louis Armstrong - "Zat You, Santa Claus?"

 

8. The Orioles - "(It's Gonna Be A) Lonely Christmas / What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?"

 

7. The Valentines - "Christmas Prayer"

 

6. Babs Gonzalez - "The Be Bop Santa"

 

5. Ray Stevens - "Santa Claus Is Watching You"

 

4. Charles Brown - "Merry Christmas Baby"

 

3. Charles Brown - "Please Come Home ...


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Video: Interview with Bruce Springsteen Biographer Peter Ames Carlin

Tuesday, December 18: 4:30 p.m.
Posted by Rock Hall
Author and Journalist Peter Ames Carlin discusses his Bruce Springsteen biography, "Bruce."

The first biography of Bruce Springsteen in 25 years to be written with his cooperation, Bruce covers four decades of the musician and Hall of Fame inductee's career in intimate detail. With unprecedented access, biographer and journalist Peter Ames Carlin collected candid interviews with Springsteen, his family and inner circle to weave a rich narrative chronicling the life and times of the Jersey-born rock luminary. 

This month, Carlin spoke at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Library and Archives, part of the Author Series, which brings journalists, critics and scholars to the Library and Archives for free readings and discuss sessions. In this interview, Carlin shares the art of being a biographer, separating objectivity from fandom, how he gained Springsteen's trust, the incredible stories he gathered while researching the book and more.

Learn more about the Rock Hall Library and Archives' collection of Bruce Springsteen materials here.


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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces 2013 Inductees

Tuesday, December 11: 10:41 a.m.
Posted by Rock Hall

At a press conference today at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist and 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Flea announced the list of performer inductees and Ahmet Ertegun Award recipients for induction. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees for 2013 are:

Performer Category:
·    Heart
·    Albert King
·    Randy Newman
·    Public Enemy
·    Rush
·    Donna Summer

Ahmet Ertegun (non performer) Award:
·    Lou Adler
·    Quincy Jones

Scheduled for Thursday, April 18, 2013, the 28th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. This marks the first time since 1993 that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held on the West Coast. The ceremony will again be open to the public, as it was in 2009 and 2012 in Cleveland.

Joel Peresman, President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, said, “We are thrilled to announce this year’s class of inductees, which again represents the broad, compelling and significant definition of rock and roll.”

The induction ceremony will broadcast on HBO on Saturday, May 18 at 9pm ET/PT. Said Michael ...


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The Rock Hall Presents An Interview with Devon Allman

Thursday, December 6: 12 p.m.
Posted by Rock Hall
Devon Allman, son of Gregg Allman and nephew of Duane Allman, talks his unique brand of rock.

Although guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Devon Allman shares a surname that will ring familiar to rock and roll fans, Devon has cultivated a sound all his own. He's mindful of his family's storied musical legacy and the contributions of other venerable rock pioneers, but also has an ear for what's next. The son of Allman Brothers Band founding member, vocalist and key player Gregg Allman, and nephew of virtuoso guitarist Duane Allman, Devon records and performs in blues-rock outfits Honeytribe and Royal Southern Brotherhood. Earlier this year, Devon wrapped recording sessions for his solo debut, Turquoise, scheduled for release in February 2013, and is currently on tour in the United States. Recently, Devon visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, and took time to share his thoughts on being an Allman, his influences both old and new (and familial), making music on his own terms, highlights of the Museum's collection and seeing the instruments played by Gregg and Duane Allman.

Rock Hall: What was your first memory of rock and roll music and what about it resonated with you?  

Devon Allman: Driving to the south Texas beaches, age 5 ...


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Spotlight Exhibit: 2-Tone Records

Tuesday, December 4: 5 a.m.
2 Tone is the focus of new Spotlight Exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

In this post, Rock Hall curator Meredith Rutledge-Borger, who traveled to the UK to collect and research for a new 2-Tone Records exhibit, shares background on the label and its lasting impact on popular culture.

Between 1979 and 1986, the 2-Tone label released 28 singles – 20 of which charted in the U.K. – including hits by the Specials, the Selecter, Madness, the Bodysnatchers and the Beat (known as the English Beat outside of the U.K.). Although only the English Beat –and to a lesser extent, Madness – ever had much success outside of the U.K., the 2-Tone movement combined infectious dance music and progressive ideals to confront the status quo. 2-Tone laid the groundwork for the success of such American artists as the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, the Toasters, Fishbone, Smash Mouth, Sublime, Reel Big Fish, the Pietasters and the multi-platinum selling No Doubt.

Two Tone record label exhibit reggae punk ska2-Tone was a group of black and white kids from Coventry, Birmingham and London, England – white punk rockers and black rude-boys and -girls who stood against the economic policies of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's government and the Neo-Nazi National Front, promoted racial harmony through the irresistible and exuberant rhythm of ska music and revolutionized ...


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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Announces New President and CEO

Monday, December 3: 12 p.m.
Posted by Rock Hall
Greg Harris named as new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum president and CEO

"As a musician and historian, I'm thrilled to see a friend, Greg Harris, named as President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," said Roots drummer, DJ, producer and journalist Questlove. "His store, the Philadelphia Record Exchange, was my home away from home, and most of my 70,000 plus vinyl records came from there."

On Monday, December 3, 2012, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum announced that Gregory S. Harris, the Museum's VP of development since 2008, would be the organization's next president and CEO, successor to current Rock Hall president and CEO Terry Stewart. The transition will be effective January 1, 2013.

"I'm honored to be entrusted to lead the organization that preserves and presents this amazing art form for future generations,” said Harris. “Rock and roll is deeply rooted in our culture and when interpreted through a museum, provides a powerful forum to teach and inspire. Through Terry Stewart’s leadership, the staff has put this institution on solid ground. The Rock Hall is in the best shape ever, and I’m looking forward to a tremendous future.”

Earlier this year, current Rock and Roll Hall ...


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