Film screenings of Yellow Submarine, Meet the Curator tours, live performances, crafts for kids and more will bring to life the world’s most comprehensive Beatles exhibit
CLEVELAND (May 18, 2012) –The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will host a weekend of events surrounding the Museum’s special exhibit devoted to the Beatles, one of the most comprehensive collections of Beatles artifacts exhibited to the public in the world. The weekend will take place Friday, June 15, through Sunday, June 17 and includes special screenings of the digitally re-mastered film Yellow Submarine, Meet the Curator tours, a live performance from Beatles tribute band 1964 and the School of Rock, crafts and activities for children and more. The first 2,000 visitors to the Museum throughout the weekend will also receive a commemorative Beatles collector’s coin.
Saturday, June 16, is also the Rock Hall’s annual Member Appreciation Day. Members will enjoy special activities throughout the morning while experiencing the Beatles Magical Mystery Weekend.
Magical Mystery Weekend Schedule:
Friday, June 15
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.-Paul McCartney Birthday Card Signing (Main Lobby)
· Throughout the day, fans are invited to sign a large birthday card for Paul McCartney’s 70th birthday. The card will be sent to McCartney after the weekend.
11 a.m.-Noon-Meet the Curator Gallery Talk (The Beatles exhibit)
· Special in-depth presentation by chief curator Jim Henke examining the historical significance of the collection items in the Museum’s Beatles exhibit.
2 – 3 p.m.-Meet the Curator Gallery Talk (The Beatles exhibit)
Saturday, June 16
8:30 a.m.-Noon- Member Appreciation Day activities throughout the morning and afternoon (Third Floor and Plaza Lobby)
· Rock Hall Members will enjoy breakfast at the Museum before it opens, a members-only merchandise sale and a State of the Museum address from President and CEO Terry Stewart.
10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.-Paul McCartney Birthday Card Signing (Main Lobby)
10 a.m.-9 p.m.- Continual screenings of the digitally remastered film Yellow Submarine (Foster Theater, Level 4)
· Every 90 minutes throughout the day, catch the digitally remastered film Yellow Submarine in HD in the Museum’s Foster Theater. Visit rockhall.com for exact show times.
11 a.m. –Noon - Meet the Curator Gallery Talk (The Beatles exhibit)
Noon-1 p.m. - Meet the Curator Gallery Talk (The Beatles exhibit)
1-3 p.m. – “Create Your Own Yellow Submarine” crafts and activities for children (Eat to the Beat, Level 3)
· Museum visitors will have the opportunity to create their own paper Yellow Submarines as a keepsake in the Museum’s Eat to the Beat room on level 3.
2:30 p.m. - Live performance by Beatles Tribute Band, 1964 (Main Stage)
Sunday, June 17
10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. – Continual screenings of the digitally remastered film Yellow Submarine (Foster Theater, Level 4)
10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. - Paul McCartney Birthday Card Signing (Main Lobby)
11 a.m.- Noon - Meet the Curator Gallery Talk (The Beatles exhibit)
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. – “Create Your Own Yellow Submarine” crafts and activities for children (Eat to the Beat, Level 3)
Noon – 1 p.m. – School of Rock performance (Main Stage)
For more information on the Rock Hall’s Beatles Magical Mystery Weekend, visit rockhall.com/event/beatles-weekend.
Celebrate and save -- Two-day passes, full-year Memberships and special offer on in-store merchandise available
Two-day passes are available through the Museum’s box office. Passes are $33 for adults, $25 for seniors and $20 for children. For information about this and other ticket packages, please visit rockhall.com/visit-the-museum/plan/tickets.
Rock Hall Membership includes free admission all year long and start at $50 for an individual. Join at the Admission desk or in advance at rockhall.com/membership/
About the Rock Hall’s Beatles Exhibit:
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s first redesign in its 15-year history is complete and includes several vibrant new exhibit spaces, state-of-the-art interactive technology and lighting, improved way-finding and hundreds of new artifacts, including the most comprehensive collection of Beatles’ items; a number of which are on display to the public for the first time in the Museum’s Main Exhibit Hall.
BEATLES EXHIBIT HIGHLIGHTS:
The exhibit includes nearly 70 artifacts, including a few that have not been exhibited before:
- George Harrison’s striped suit from the 1966 US tour
- Ringo Starr’s red military-style jacket from the “Strawberry Fields Forever” promo film
- John Lennon’s black wool coat worn in Help!
- Paul McCartney’s handwritten arrangement for “Birthday”
Additional highlights include:
- John Lennon’s Gibson J-160E acoustic guitar. Lennon used this guitar to record “Norwegian Wood” and “Give Peace a Chance” and numerous other classics.
- George Harrison’s Rickenbacker 425 electric guitar. Harrison purchased the guitar in 1963 on his first visit to the U.S. He played it throughout the fall of 1963.
- A page from Stuart Sutcliffe’s sketch pad that shows his self-portraits, his illustration of John Lennon and Lennon’s illustration of Sutcliffe.
The impact of the Beatles has often been noted but cannot be overstated. The “Fab Four” from Liverpool, England, startled the ears and energized the lives of virtually all who heard them. Their arrival triggered the musical revolution of the Sixties, introducing a modern sound and viewpoint that parted ways with the world of the previous decade. In a career that lasted less than a decade, the Beatles changed the course of rock and roll and popular music. After launching the British Invasion of the United Stated and scoring 20 Number One hits, the Beatles went on to indulge their creative energies in the studio, layering sounds and crafting songs in a way that was experimental yet still accessible. This retreat from the ceaseless mayhem of pop celebrity yielded such musically expansive and lyrically sophisticated albums as Rubber Soul (1965) and Revolver (1966). The group retired from touring in August 1966, and 10 months later, they released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, an album that has almost universally been cited as the creative apotheosis of rock and roll, a watershed event in which rock became “serious art” without losing its sense of humor. The group continued to break new ground with the White Album and Abbey Road before calling it quits in 1970. All of the band members went on to successful solo careers. The Beatles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.
About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.
The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays (and Saturdays through Labor Day), the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), children under 8 and Museum Members are always free, for information or to join the membership program call 216. 515.8425. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK(7625) or visit www.rockhall.com. The Museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.