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Tom Morello Says 100% of Music is Political

Thursday, May 19: 3:30 p.m.
Posted by Tom Morello

Tom Morello Rage Against the Machine Interview at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Cleveland, Ohio

I'd say that 100 percent of music is political, that music either supports the status quo or challenges the status quo, so every artist is political. Now, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez probably don't self-identify as political artists ...

Categories: Exhibit, History of Rock and Roll, Exclusive Interviews, Event
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Rock Hall POV: Director of Collections Jun Francisco

Tuesday, May 3: 2 p.m.
Posted by Ivan Sheehan

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee ZZ Top Dusty Hill Cleveland

What does it take to preserve rock and roll history? Jun Francisco knows.

Since 1999, Francisco has been the Director of Collections Management at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.  Born half way around the globe in the ...

Categories: Inductee, Exhibit, History of Rock and Roll, Rock's Greatest Guitar Players, Event, Hall of Fame, Exclusive Interviews
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30 Years Later: Metallica's "Master of Puppets" Still Badass

Thursday, March 3: 4:20 p.m.
Posted by Ivan Sheehan

Metallica in 1986 photo by Ross Halfin 30th anniversary of Master of Puppets

Metallica looking very metal in 1986 / photo by Ross Halfin / via metallica.com

As a child of the 80s, my first intro to Metallica came via MTV's Headbangers Ball, specifically the video for ...And Justice for All's epic ...

Categories: Inductee, Exhibit, History of Rock and Roll, Rock's Greatest Guitar Players, Hall of Fame, Exclusive Interviews
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Kurt Cobain Talks Guns, Religion, Fame in 1991 Interview

Friday, February 19: 4:20 a.m.
Posted by Ivan Sheehan

Nirvana AP Magazine 1992 January February Cover

Not even Nirvana's most ardent early advocates could've predicted the near-immediate – much less lasting – impact Nevermind had following its September 1991 release. By the following January, it was already topping charts and the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" music ...

Categories: Other, Hall of Fame, Inductee, History of Rock and Roll, Exclusive Interviews
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Songs That Shaped Rock: The Eagles' "Take It Easy"

Thursday, January 21: 2:52 p.m.
Posted by Ivan Sheehan

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Glenn Frey live concert photograph RIP

Photo: Glenn Frey, ca. 1994, photographer unknown. From the Jeff Gold Collection at the Rock Hall's Library & Archives.

It's been a rough start to 2016 for rock fans mourning the loss of two Hall of Fame Inductees: David ...

Categories: Inductee, History of Rock and Roll, History of the Blues, Rock's Greatest Guitar Players, Hall of Fame, Exclusive Interviews, Rare Performances
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Did the Vietnam War Have a Soundtrack?

Tuesday, November 24: 1:52 p.m.
Posted by Doug Bradley

The Animals We Gotta Get Out of This Place Vietnam War songs

Doug Bradley, author of DEROS Vietnam, has written extensively about his Vietnam, and post-Vietnam, experiences. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in March 1970 and served one year as an information specialist (journalist) at U.S. Army Republic ...

Categories: Inductee, History of Rock and Roll, Event, Jimi Hendrix, Hall of Fame, Education, Exclusive Interviews
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Dead & Company Raise Spirits on Night of Paris Attacks

Wednesday, November 18: 5:02 p.m.
Posted by Carl Harp

Dead & Co concert John Mayer November 13 2015 columbus ohio

Compassion, peace and a celebratory atmosphere have loyally followed the Grateful Dead for five decades, yet the reformed group's November 13, 2015 concert began on a somber note.
 
After taking the stage with his Dead & Company bandmates, grabbing his ...

Categories: Inductee, Exhibit, History of Rock and Roll, Rock's Greatest Guitar Players, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Hall of Fame, Rare Performances
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Johnny Cash's Daughter Shares Rarely Seen Side of Man in Black

Tuesday, October 6: 1 p.m.
Posted by Ivan Sheehan

rare images of Johnny Cash from daughter Tara Cash new book about father Recollections

In 1995, Hall of Fame Inductee Johnny Cash’s youngest daughter Tara gave her famous father a book – Dad, Share Your Life With Me by Kathleen Lashier – containing 365 questions. One year later, on her birthday, he returned the book ...

Categories: Inside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Exhibit, History of Rock and Roll, Inductee, Hall of Fame, Exclusive Interviews, Johnny Cash
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