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Blood, Punk and The Curse of The Damned

Friday, August 21: 12 p.m.
Posted by Wes Orshoski

English punk rockers the Damned in 1977 in front of Stiff Records office photo by Ian Dickson

“Wanna die today? Wanna die today?” The Damned’s Captain Sensible and I are standing on a secluded stretch of sidewalk in Croydon, South London, just a stone’s throw from his childhood home, and we’re being mugged.

All ...

Categories: History of Punk, History of Rock and Roll, Exclusive Interviews, Event
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The Rock Hall's Guide to the Essential Lou Reed Songs

Wednesday, April 15: 9 a.m.
Posted by Jason Hanley

As both a member of The Velvet Underground and a solo artist, 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Lou Reed transformed music forever with his uncompromised and daring artistic vision that has influenced artists for decades, from David ...

Categories: Hall of Fame, Inductee, Exhibit, Event
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The Rock Hall's Guide to the Essential Bill Withers Songs

Thursday, April 9: 5:54 p.m.

TK


“Ain’t No Sunshine”
The song that set the framework for the Bill Withers sound with its sparse arrangement, direct,  no-frills lyric and in-the-pocket groove.
 
“Grandma’s Hands”
“I was one of those kids who was smaller than all ...

Categories: Rock's Greatest Guitar Players, History of Rock and Roll, Exhibit, Inductee, Hall of Fame
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5 Unbelievable Facts About Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On"

Friday, January 16: 12:18 p.m.
Posted by Rock Hall

Marvin Gaye What's Going On Album Cover Art Rock Hall Cleveland

The story of Marvin Gaye, soul, R&B and rock and roll come together in the Rock Hall's Cities and Sounds exhibit. Plan your visit today.

Released in the Spring of 1971, Marvin Gaye's What's Going On ...

Categories: Inductee, Exhibit, History of Rock and Roll, Event, Hall of Fame, Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll
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Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll: "Stairway to Heaven"

Wednesday, August 20: 4:20 p.m.
Posted by Rock Hall

Robert Plant live at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

No one song ever defined or redefined a group as generously as "Stairway To Heaven" did Led Zeppelin. For Jimmy Page, "Stairway" crystallized the essence of the band: "It had everything there and showed the band at its best...as ...

Categories: Hall of Fame, Inductee, Exhibit, Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll, Rock's Greatest Guitar Players
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Headbanger's Anthem: AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" Celebrates 35th Anniversary

Monday, August 4: 2 p.m.
Posted by Rock Hall

AC/DC Highway to Hell Album Cover Art 1979 original

A guitarist in schoolboy knickers, a singer who must have gargled with glass shards, and a penchant for tales of non-stop debauchery made AC/DC the late 70s archetypal heavy metal band. Brothers Angus and Malcolm Young generated bulldozing guitar ...

Categories: Inside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Exhibit, History of Rock and Roll, Rock's Greatest Guitar Players, Inductee, Hall of Fame
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Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll: "Shining Star"

Wednesday, July 23: 1 p.m.
Posted by Rock Hall

In black music of the Seventies, Earth Wind & Fire were the Beatles to Parliament-Funkadelic's Rolling Stones. There's no better example of EW&F's positive vibration and spiritual uplift than this million-selling Number One Pop/R&B hit ...

Categories: Hall of Fame, Inductee, History of Rock and Roll, Exclusive Interviews
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2014 Hall of Fame Inductions: 5 Essential Cat Stevens Songs

Tuesday, April 8: 8:15 a.m.
Posted by Rock Hall

The musical odyssey of Cat Stevens is well documented, from teenage London art school songsmith (“The First Cut Is The Deepest,” the Tremeloes’ “Here Comes My Baby”) to introspective cornerstone of the 1970s singer-songwriter movement. Who can measure the courage ...

Categories: Inductee, History of Rock and Roll, Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll
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