Long live rock, indeed! This past summer we had the pleasure of touring the The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.
Why Cleveland? As we read on this marker, it is the “Birthplace of Rock ‘N’ Roll” due to the efforts of disc jockey Alan Freed.
The building itself is stunning, designed by internationally renowned architect I.M. Pei. Glass pyramids dominate the front of the building as you saw in our opening picture. Around to the left side is this whimsical detail which some people have speculated could represent a stack of 45’s on a spindle. Can you see it?
Inside, a comprehensive history and immersion in Rock and Roll music awaits the visitor. Through posters,
and short films such as The Dick Clark Show and this one of Elvis Presley, the visitor experiences the change in the music and the culture from the very beginning through the decades.
Displays of memorabilia are everywhere. Instruments, sheet music, and album covers are all represented. Some cases are dedicated to just one band, such as The Doors,
Clothing tells a progression over time, just like the instruments. From the elegant gowns of the Supremes,
To the flamboyant outfits of the 1970’s…
To this skimpy outfit worn by Talor Swift.
Original drafts of lyrics are displayed in glass cases. Here is an early version of “My Life” by Billy Joel.
After all that information overload, it was nice to step outside and walk along the lakefront in the sunshine.
Here we look back on the Rock Hall, and bid it and you a fond farewell. We hope you enjoyed this short tour, and that you will be able to visit this fun destination.