Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - Established April 20, 1983
Location 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd. Cleveland, Ohio 44114 U.S.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is a museum located on the shore of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, United States. It is dedicated to archiving the history of some of the best-known and most influential artists, producers, engineers and others who have, in some major way, influenced the music industry through the genre of rock music. The museum is part of the city's redeveloped North Coast Harbor.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is a complex located in Cleveland, Ohio devoted to performers, creators, promoters, and others associated with the growth and popularity of rock and roll music. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation was created April 20, 1983. However, it had no home.
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The Hall features the original auto's of many celebrities among them Elvis Presly's. Presley has been accused by blacks of "stealing their music."
The idea of the R&R Hall concretized on 4-20-83 but two cities vied with each other for its location, New York and Cleveland. Culturally New York City would have been a good place to host it but historically Cleveland was better. After all, the concept and phrase, ROCK AND ROLL, was invented by a Jewish Cleveland disc-jockey, Alan Freed. The argument about where the Hall of Fame should be located was settled when the famous Jewish philanthrophic Maltz family financed its construction in Cleveland.
Frankly I was surprised to see how the museum concentrated on mainly white artists, many of them who became prominent during the 1960s. As far as I am concerned, the Beatles, the Stones, David Bowie, and Stevie Nix are not Rock and Roll artists but my opinion and $2 get me on the NYC subway.
What we now know as Rock and Roll was, up to the early 1950s, simply the black sound called Rhythm and Blues. Freed wanted to bring the sound to the attention of white people and he was influential in getting white artists to perform and record the sound that was previously in the genre of black music. Freed's manager objected to the term ROCK AND ROLL, explaining that when a black person says he or she wants to rock and roll all night, the meaning is sexual. Freed said he didn't care because most white people would not even be aware of that. That may be what Freed thought but a sufficient number of conservative people plainly could see the sexual element in both the music and the dance that the music inspired.
I spent some time in a hall dedicated to Les Paul and Mary Ford, two of my brother's fav artists. They are not what I consider R&R performers but what the hey?
Suzanne had to poiht out that a wall sculpture was in honor of Pink Floyd's THE WALL.
The museum does not want people to take photos for fear that they will be used commercially. I was only able to get someone to take one photo of Suzanne and me together.
We braved the awful Lake Erie winter to see the exhibit and really there is much more to see than we had time for. If you ever visit Cleveland, be sure to drop in on its famous landmark.