The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum


Guest blog: Summer Teacher Institute participant Pedro Mena discusses the importance of music in the classroom

Wednesday, May 4: 11:34 a.m.
Posted by Pedro Mena
Pedro Mena leads a breakout learning session at Summer Teacher Institute 2009.

Music is a bridge to learning, exploring, and creating in the classroom.  Listening to the history of rock and roll and looking at its roots helps to paint a picture of how our country was shaped by such a diverse group of people with different backgrounds but with one thing in common: the desire to express and communicate through song.  A quick look at Elvis Presley’s first release, “That’s All Right”/ “Blue Moon of Kentucky,” reveals his influences (rhythm & blues/country & western), his surroundings (black and white America in the south), and his ability to bridge the two distinct styles, exposing it to a larger audience.  Addressing and breaking down racial barriers through music is a powerful and often overlooked fact in pop culture.  The Summer Teacher Institute at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum shows just how it evolved.  From the blues to hip-hop and beyond, a week at STI gives you the foundation for sharing the history of rock and roll with your students and the tools to apply it effectively in the classroom across subjects and disciplines.  Prior to teaching art, I was a live music and event promoter showcasing upcoming and ...

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From Springsteen to Strummer: A Tour of the Museum from a First Time Visitor

Thursday, January 28: 12 p.m.
Posted by Caryn Rose

Guest blogger Caryn Rose shares her thoughts with us about her visit to see the Rock Hall’s special exhibit From Asbury Park to the Promised Land and her first tour of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

It’s a funny thing to have watched Bruce Springsteen sitting at the Kennedy Center, with his rainbow ribbon award around his neck, and find yourself standing in front of that very award just a few weeks later, in his exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It’s even odder that that ribbon is in a room along with the legendary Esquire, and that you can get close enough to the guitar (inside its case, of course!) that you can see that the legend is true, that there’s more glue than wood in some places. It’s in a room with the very jeans that adorned the very ass that graced the cover of Born In The USA, the original handwritten lyrics to “Tenth Avenue Freeze Out” (with the “freeze out” written in wriggly letters I assume was meant to convey ice), the very flannel shirt that was on the cover of The River (the cuffs so ...

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Behind the Scenes of U2 3D

Thursday, December 3: 12 p.m.
photo caption: Jon and Peter Shapiro


This week, guest writer Jon Shapiro, Producer of the U2 3D movie (along with his brother, Peter Shapiro, John Modell and Director Catherine Owens) shares thoughts on the making of the groundbreaking movie, working with U2 and experiencing the movie in all its digital 3D glory– this time at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s new Foster Theater.

Through January 2, 2010, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is showing a film unlike any you’ve ever experienced (unless of course you’ve seen U2 3D before). I traveled to Cleveland to unveil it last month and was absolutely blown away by the technology and viewing experience in the Museum’s incredible new Foster Theater.

The first-ever live-action digital 3-D film, U2 3D places viewers within the pulsing energy of a U2 stadium concert. Combining innovative digital 3-D imagery and multi-channel surround sound with the excitement of a live U2 concert – shot in South America during the final leg of their “Vertigo” tour – it creates an immersive theatrical experience unlike any 3-D or concert film that has come before.  Ushering in a new dimension of filmmaking, U2 3D takes viewers on an extraordinary journey they ...

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