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September 2012 | Blog Archives

Road Trip Soundtrack: The Rock Hall's Essential Driving Songs

Friday, September 21: 2 p.m.
Posted by Terry Stewart
Rock Hall President and CEO Terry Stewart shares his essential driving songs

Between movies such as 1977's Smokey and the Bandit and 1981's The Cannonball Run – both starring Burt Reynolds – I've long dreamt of hitting the open road with adventure at every turn. When the first film debuted ...

Categories: Inductee, 10 Essential Songs, Event
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Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll: "Suzanne"

Thursday, September 20: 10 a.m.
Posted by Rock Hall
Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne" is one of the Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll

When he set his 1966 poem "Suzanne Takes You Down" to music for his 1967 debut album, The Songs of Leonard Cohen, the Canadian author-musician found a linchpin between the worlds of pop music and literature and empowered the ...

Categories: Inductee, Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll
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Interview with Photographer Robert Alford: Photographing Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top in Mexico

Tuesday, September 18: 1:30 p.m.
Posted by Rock Hall
Photographer Robert Alford tells the story behind his trip to Mexico with ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons

A leading music photographer, Robert Alford has had his work featured in Creem, Rolling Stone and People magazines and on television, album covers and liner notes. The extensive list of musicians he has photographed reads like a "who's ...

Categories: Inductee, Exhibit, Exclusive Interviews
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Spotlight Exhibit: Grateful Dead at Giza

Monday, September 17: 10 a.m.
Posted by Howard Kramer
Jerry Garcia and Donna Jean Godchaux of the Grateful Dead perform at Giza in 1978

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum curatorial director Howard Kramer shares the story behind the Grateful Dead's performances at the Great Pyramid of Giza in 1978, including the dress vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux wore during one ...

Categories: Inductee, Exhibit, Spotlight Exhibit
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Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll: "Pride (In the Name of Love)"

Wednesday, September 12: 11 a.m.
Posted by Rock Hall
"Pride (In the Name of Love)" by U2 is one of the Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll

For its fifth album, 1984's The Unforgettable Fire, U2 switched producers, turning from the crisp style of Steve Lillywhite to the moodier ambiance of Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois. "Pride (In The Name Of Love)" was the record ...

Categories: Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll
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Interview with Grateful Dead Drummer Mickey Hart

Tuesday, September 11: 4 p.m.
Posted by Rock Hall
Mickey Hart shares the story of how he joined the Grateful Dead

In 2012, Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart sat for an interview at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was on hand to perform and help open the Grateful Dead: the Long ...

Categories: Inductee, Exhibit, Exclusive Interviews
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U2 Conference Comes to Cleveland

Tuesday, September 11: 3 p.m.
Posted by Rock Hall
The Rock Hall will help present the 2013 international U2 conference in Cleveland from April 26-27

The U2 Conference will hold its second meeting for an international gathering of scholars, critics, teachers, and fans in collaboration with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, April 26-27, 2013. The keynote speaker ...

Categories: Event
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Interview with Bill Pinkney of the Drifters

Friday, September 7: 9 a.m.
Posted by Rock Hall
Bill Pinkney of the Drifters reflects on his time with Buddy Holly

September 7, 2012 would have been Buddy Holly's 76th birthday. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, Holly recorded a catalog of songs – "Rave On," "Peggy Sue," "That'll Be the Day," "Oh Boy ...

Categories: Inductee, Education, Exclusive Interviews
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