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Rock Hall POV: Director of Collections Jun Francisco

Tuesday, May 3: 2 p.m.
Posted by Ivan Sheehan

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee ZZ Top Dusty Hill Cleveland

What does it take to preserve rock and roll history? Jun Francisco knows.

Since 1999, Francisco has been the Director of Collections Management at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.  Born half way around the globe in the ...

Categories: Inductee, Exhibit, History of Rock and Roll, Rock's Greatest Guitar Players, Event, Hall of Fame, Exclusive Interviews
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Your Family Values Are Destroying Rock & Roll

Thursday, April 28: 2:30 p.m.

Mr Rogers makes devil horns on children's TV Show

The Who continue to perform “My Generation” in their 2016 tour dates, even with that line about hoping to die before they get old. And with Mick Jagger becoming a great-grandfather in 2014, rock culture really is thumbing its nose ...

Categories: Hall of Fame, Education, Event
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The Genius of Michael Jackson

Monday, April 18: 11:05 a.m.
Posted by Steve Knopper

Michael Jackson Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Billie Jean album cover art

I was born just a hair too late for the Jackson 5, so the first time I listened to Michael Jackson was probably around 1974, when he and Roberta Flack sang that charming and funny duet "When We Grow Up ...

Categories: Hall of Fame, Inductee, Library and Archives, Exhibit, Event
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Essential Listening from the 2016 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees

Friday, April 8: 1:30 p.m.
Posted by Rock Hall

2016 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Cheap Trick, Chicago, Deep Purple, Steve Miller, NWA, Bert Berns Cleveland

The Rock Hall's award-winning education department debated, arm-wrestled and ultimately high-fived their way into answering one impossible question: what song is each 2016 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's definitive track? A tall order, to be sure, but here ...

Categories: Inductee, Exhibit, History of Rock and Roll, Rock's Greatest Guitar Players, Event, Hall of Fame
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Tragedy and Mystery on Tour with Deep Purple in 1975

Tuesday, April 5: 1:26 p.m.
Posted by Anastasia Karel

Deep Purple MkIV 1976 band live performance Rock Hall 2016

The January 29, 1976 Rolling Stone headline read "Indonesian Nightmare Strikes Deep Purple." Journalist Peter Crescenti wrote in the opening paragraph: "Tragedy and mayhem struck the Deep Purple tour December 4th in Jakarta, Indonesia, when one of the group's ...

Categories: Hall of Fame, Inductee, Exhibit, History of Rock and Roll, Exclusive Interviews
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30 Years Later: Metallica's "Master of Puppets" Still Badass

Thursday, March 3: 4:20 p.m.
Posted by Ivan Sheehan

Metallica in 1986 photo by Ross Halfin 30th anniversary of Master of Puppets

Metallica looking very metal in 1986 / photo by Ross Halfin / via metallica.com

As a child of the 80s, my first intro to Metallica came via MTV's Headbangers Ball, specifically the video for ...And Justice for All's epic ...

Categories: Inductee, Exhibit, History of Rock and Roll, Rock's Greatest Guitar Players, Hall of Fame, Exclusive Interviews
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808: How a Hugely Flawed Piece of 80s Tech Forever Changed Music

Thursday, February 25: 4:20 p.m.
Posted by Jason Hanley

Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force 808 the Movie Interview

When Afrika Bambaataa & the Soulsonic Force's "Planet Rock" dropped in 1982, it was nothing short of a revelation. In its cool grooves, the Bronx and Manhattan collided with a message for the citizens of One World. The lyrics were ...

Categories: Hall of Fame, Inductee, History of Rock and Roll, Exclusive Interviews, Event
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Kurt Cobain Talks Guns, Religion, Fame in 1991 Interview

Friday, February 19: 4:20 a.m.
Posted by Ivan Sheehan

Nirvana AP Magazine 1992 January February Cover

Not even Nirvana's most ardent early advocates could've predicted the near-immediate – much less lasting – impact Nevermind had following its September 1991 release. By the following January, it was already topping charts and the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" music ...

Categories: Other, Hall of Fame, Inductee, History of Rock and Roll, Exclusive Interviews
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