Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame had a banner year in 2015. The 2015 Hall of Fame Induction ceremony brought the biggest names in music to Cleveland, the Sonic Sessions concert series continues to feature among the best new acts – and that energy is mirrored in the famous museum on the shores of Lake Erie that just celebrated its 20th anniversary. In 2015, the Rock Hall unveiled several new exhibits: a star-studded 2015 Inductee exhibit, the edgy Never Give Up: Alternative Press at 30 chronicling the influential underground magazine, the intimate Herb Ritts: The Rock Portraits, and Graham Nash: "Touching the Flame, a true first for the museum." Stories from the newest Hall of Fame members – The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The “5” Royales, Green Day, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Lou Reed, Ringo Starr, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, and Bill Withers – really come to life with displays that include Stevie Ray Vaughan’s 1961 Fender Stratocaster, the clothing Joan Jett wore on the cover of I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll, and the outfit and mud-covered shoes worn by Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Dayat Woodstock ’94. Artist interview footage from the 2015 Ceremony and backstage, as well as top moments from 30 years of Induction Ceremony history make for a serious all-access pass to this legendary class, and the pioneers that came before them. In October 2015, the Rock Hall opened Graham Nash: Touching the Flame, an exhibit that goes beyond the two-time Inductee’s biography and tells the stories of his influences and inspiration. Visitors will discover first-person narrative from Nash reflecting on the impact of artists like the Everly Brothers, Elvis Presley, the Beach Boys and Buddy Holly. On display are artifacts from the aforementioned artists, items from his CS&N band mates, art and several politically charged artifacts. Plus, visitors have the chance to sing with Graham Nash through a new interactive experience! Get to the Rock Hall soon, because this exhibit closes March 20, 2016! In Never Give Up: Alternative Press at 30, the Rock Hall recognizes the influence of the underground publication that also calls Cleveland “home.”  Visitors will find rarely seen Alternative Press cover photo proofs featuring the Beastie Boys along with cover features with the likes of Nine Inch Nails and Nirvana from the AP archives; instruments played by Tim Armstrong of Rancid, Byron McMackin of Pennywise, and Zach Farro of Paramore; and clothing worn by Joan Jett and Jay Bentley of Bad Religion. The exhibit also features touch-screen displays, video interviews with artists, Alternative Press’ “Top 30 Songs,” a lounge area to read copies of the magazine, and an all-new mobile app that allows visitors to go deeper into the history of alternative music. The Rock Hall’s VP of Curatorial and Collections Affairs, Karen Herman, says, “ We rarely get to focus exclusively on Alternative music" - and this exhibit gives us the opportunity to not only focus on contemporary artists and their music, but to celebrate the magazine that often gave these artists their first national exposure.” Bridging the gap between new and old is the Right Here, Right Now exhibit. Music fans learn about Bruno Mars’ upbringing as an Elvis impersonator, how Lady Gaga got her name, how the Black Keys carry on the tradition of Howlin’ Wolf; along with the influences and inspirations from other superstars, such as Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Jason Isbell and Fall Out Boy. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is located at 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd. in Cleveland. For more information on visiting the Rock Hall or its exhibits, visit

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03 Jan 2016

By Cathy Durant