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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum
1 Key Plaza
Phone: 216 781 1832 --
Statement of Purpose:
The concept for a museum and archive dedicated to rock's vital
heritage was initiated in 1983, when a group of influential
figures in the music industry created the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame Foundation to honor the men and women who have made unique s
contributions to the energy and evolution of rock and roll. The
Foundation undertook a nationwide search for an appropriate
location, and in 1986 Cleveland was selected as the home of the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
In addition to supporting the development of the new museum,
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation organizes the annual
nomination, election and induction of new members into the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame. The nominees are chosen by a committee of
historians and musicologists, and are eligible if they have
released a record at least 25 years prior to induction. They are
then voted on by an international group of music industry
professionals, including producers, broadcasters, journalists
and performers. Since 1986, approximately 100 artists, as welf
as members in non-performer and early influence categories, have
been inducted into this pantheon of rock greats.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will contain a
dramatic permanent gallery for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,
housing a multi-media tribute to the artists and industry
leaders who have made major contributions to the art of rock and
roll. Continuous glass walls contain illuminated panels in which
the names and signatures of the honorees are etched. Punctuating
the wall are television monitors showing images of Hall of Fame
members and brief programs on their careers and influences.
Highlights & Collections:
ROCK and ROLL HALL of FAME INDUCTEES
- Chuck Berry James Brown Ray Charles Sam Cooke Fats Domino
The Everly Brothers Buddy Holly Jerry Lee Lewis Elvis Presley
- Non-Performers Alan Freed Sam Phillips
- Early Influences Robert Johnson Jimmie Rodgers Jimmy Yancey
- Lifetime Achievement John Hammond
- 1987 The Coasters Eddie Cochran Bo Diddley Aretha Franklin
Marvin Gaye Bill Haley B.B. King Clyde McPhatter Rick Nelson
Roy Orbison Carl Perkins Smokey Robinson Big Joe Turner Muddy
Waters Jackie Wilson
- Non-Performers Leonard Chess Ahmet Ertegun Jerry Leiber and
Mike Stoller Jerry Wexler
- Early Influences Louis Jordan T-Bone Walker Hank Williams
- 1988 The Beach Boys The Beatles The Drifters Bob Dylan The
- Non-Performer Berry Gordy
- Early Influences Woody Guthrie Lead Belly Les Paulw
- 1989 Dion Otis Redding The Rolling Stones The Temptations
- Non-Performers Phil Spector
- Early Influences The Ink Spots Bessie Smith The Soul
- 1990 Hank Ballard Bobby Darin The Four Seasons The Four Tops
The Kinks The Platters Simon and Garfunkel The Who
- Non-Performers Gerry Goffin and Carole King Holland, Dozier
- Early Influences Louis Armstrong Charlie Christian Ma Rainey
- 1991 LaVern Baker The Byrds John Lee Hooker The Impressions
Wilson Pickett Jimmy Reed Ike and Tina Turner
- Non-Performers Dave Bartholomew Ralph Bass
- Early Influence Howlin' Wolf
- Lifetime Achievement Nesuhi Ertegun
- 1992 Bobby Bland Booker T. and the MGs Johnny Cash Jimi
Hendrix Experience Isley Brothers Sam and Dave The Yardbirds
- Non-Performers Leo Fender Bill Graham Doc Pomus
- Early Influences Elmore James Professor Longhair
- 1993 Ruth Brown Cream Creedence C:learwater Revival The
Doors Etta James Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers Van Morrison
Sly and the Family Stone
- Non-Performers Dick Clark Milt Gabler
- Early Influence Dinah Washington
- The Animals The Band Duane Eddy The Grateful Dead Elton
John John Lennon Bob Marley Rod Stewart
- Non-Performer Johnny Otis
- Early Influence Willie Dixon
- The Allman Brothers Band Al Green Janis Joplin Led Zeppelin
Martha and the Vandellas Neil Young Frank Zappa
- Non-Performers Paul Ackerman
- Early Influence The Orioles
- David Bowie Gladys Knight and the Pips Jefferson Airplane
Little Willie John Pink Floyd The Shirelles The Velvet
- Non-Performer Tom Donahue
- Early Influence Pete Seeger
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's collection is the
world's definitive source for the preservation, interpretation and
celebration of the history of rock and roll.
The collection charts the evolution of rock and roll from its
roots in the early part of this century, through its birth in
the Fifties, its explosion in the Sixties and into the present.
Exhibited in conjunction with films and interactive computers,
the artifacts in the collection tell the stories of the music' s
great artists and help explain the music's evolution, as well as
many of the themes and issues the music has addressed.
To capture the ever-evolving spirit of rock and roll, the
collection features some items for temporary
display. Through these changing exhibitions, the Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame and Museum can continually offer visitors
fresh, new experiences in rock and roll. The best moving company will
transport the contents of older exhibits to storehouses so new
exhibits can be set up to entertain visitors. Moving companies
are used to transporting valuable items from one location to
another, but even moving companies will be thrilled to know they
are moving items belonging to some of the greatest rock and roll
Among the highlights of the collection are:
- John Lennon's Sgt. Pepper uniform
- John Lennon's Rickenbacker guitar, which he played at Shea
Stadium in New York Elvis Presley's black leather stage
outfit, which he wore during his 1968 "comeback" special on
- The original recording equipment and piano from Sam Philip'
s Memphis Recording Service ("Sun studio")
- Chuck Berry's handwritten lyric manuscripts to "Carol" and
- Tina Turner's "Acid Queen" costume from the movie Tommy
- Jim Morrison's Cub Scout uniform
- Jimi Hendrix's handwritten lyric manuscript to "Purple Haze"
- Roger Daltrey's leather fringed stage costume, worn during
the Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Circus TV show
- Robbie Robertson's 1958 Fender Stratocaster guitar, which he
played during the Band's Last Waltz concert.
- Michael Jackson's sequined glove from the Motown 25 TV
- Madonna's gold stage costume from her Blonde Ambition tour,
designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier
- Bono's black "Fly" costume from U2's Zoo-TV tour
- Seven stage costumes worn by Mick Jagger on various tours
by the Rolling Stones
- Neil Young's original lyric manuscripts to "Heart of Gold,"
"Ohio" and "Rockin' in the Free World"
- Phil Spector's original recording equipment
from Gold Star Studio in Los Angeles
- Paul Simon's original lyric manuscripts to "American Tune,"
"My Little Town," "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover," "Slip Slidin'
Away" and "Graceland"
- The Supremes' "butterfly" gowns, worn during their 1968 NBC
TV special, T.C.B.
- Don Henley's drum set, used from high school through the
early years of the Eagles
- Billy Joel's lyric manuscripts from the albums Stormfront,
52nd Street and The Stranger
- Duane Allman's 1959 Gibson Les Paul guitar, and Dickey
Betts' 1957 Gibson Les Paul
- Louis Jordan's saxophone, baton and music case
- T-Bone Walker's Gibson electric guitar
- Muddy Waters' Fender Telecaster guitar
- Carl Perkins' 1956 Gibson Switchrnaster guitar
- Curtis Mayfield's Fender Telecaster guitar
- George Hunter's original lyric manuscript to "Truckin" by
the Grateful Dead
- Grace Slick's white leather costume from Woodstock
- Adidas shoes, hat and glasses from Run-D.M.C.
- A 1990 tour jacket worn by Chuck D. of Public Enemy
- Elmore James' National electric guitar
- Jimmy Reed's Arial electric guitar
- Roy Orbinson's sunglasses.
Exhibits & Special Events:
The museum's exhibits are designed to give the visitor a unique,
interactive experience. The Museum's collection is brought to life
through a combination of high-tech wizardry and innovative film
and video. The Museum offers a comprehensive retrospective on the
music's origins, its development, its legends, and its immense
impact on global culture.
The exhibitions will take the visitor on a fast-paced journey
through the history of rock and roll. They will bring the
visitor into the experience, showcasing rock and roll and its
impact on society. Major music scenes, specific artists and the
music's impact on the way we live will be examined.
- * A three-dimensional display that explores the relationship
between rock and roll music and style in our society
- * Working studio from which visiting DJs can conduct live
- * Exhibits on Rhythm & Blues and Soul, Country, Folk and
the Blues, featuring the Museum's collections
- * 200-seat indoor theater
- * Outdoor area for concerts
- * A dramatic gallery for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
(floors five and six)
- * Exhibits highlighting regional music scenes throughout the
world where explosions of rock and roll took place during a
specific era. These will include Memphis during the heyday of
Sun Records, Detroit during the Motown era, San Francisco's
- scene, the genesis of punk rock in New York and London, New
York rap in the early Eighties, and the advent of Grunge in
- * Ongoing film presentations
- * An Interview Theater featuring artists discussing the
songs that influenced their work
- * Rock and Roll "influence booths" exploring relationships
between various artists and those that inspired them
- * An exhibit dedicated to rock and roll's "One Hit Wonders"
- * Interactive database featuring "The 500 Songs That Shaped
Rock and Roll"
- * Installation featuring the Rolling Stones' touring
history, including set pieces and stage costumes
- * Fascinating fans video and installations of memorabilia
collected by passionate rock and roll fans
Archives and Library:
The museum will house a full-service library and archival facility
which utilizes the permanent collection and archive database for
research on the ongoing evolution of rock and roll. The facility
will provide the public with unprecedented access to rare
materials, as well as assist the museum staff in the development
of public programs.
Memorial Day-Labor Day
- 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m Sunday-Tuesday
- 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday
Labor Day-Memorial Day
- 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m Thursday-Tuesday
- 10 a.m. to 9 p.m Wednesday
The Museum will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Admission & Directions:
- General: $12.95*
- Seniors (55 and over) and Children (4 -11): $9.50*
- Museum Members: FREE
- *Includes applicable taxes, a portion of which directly
supports Cleveland Public Schools.
- Rates subject to change without notice.
- We recommend visitors purchase timed tickets in advance by
- Call 800.BUCKEYE for more information.
From I-77, I-71 and I-90, use East 9th Street exits.
Check with us at a later date.
William N. Hulett, Co - Chair & C.E.O.
- Sally Anderson, Director of Membership and Development
- Peter Arendt, Director of Design and Construction
- Ed Bailey, Director of Licensing and Merchandise
- Ileen Sheppard Gallagher, Director of Exhibitions
- Jim Henke, Chief Curator
- Ann Howley, Director of Operations
- Tim Moore, Director of Communications and P.R.
- Robert Santelli, Director of Education
- Chris Szalay, Director of Marketing.
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