Cleveland Rocks: The Birthplace of Rock and Roll (Photographs by George Shuba)

Open October 10, 2008 - 2010

The Birthplace of Rock and Roll - Photographs by George Shuba

In the 1950s and ’60s, Cleveland, Ohio was the place for rock and roll acts to make their U.S. debuts, test their nerves on live TV, or appear in a venue few stars would dare to try today: high-school auditoriums. George Shuba, the “Grandfather of Rock and Roll Photography,” was a ubiquitous figure on the area music scene. Cleveland Rocks focuses on the years 1963-69, when the Fab Four, Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, Jackie Wilson, and the Doors sent local teens into joyful hysterics. While the subjects of Shuba’s luminous silver gelatin prints are ostensibly the musicians, it is the faces around them that often stand out: happy teenaged boys in suits and ties, girls with short cotton dresses and stiffly-sprayed beehives, lines of wary, tough-looking Cleveland policemen prepared to force back the crowds. This exhibition is more than a glimpse into the pop-music scene in a blue-collar Midwestern city: it encapsulates an era.

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