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Spotlight Exhibit: Chuck Berry's Handwritten Lyrics

Wednesday, October 17: 10:31 a.m.
Posted by Howard Kramer
The Rock Hall will celebrate Chuck Berry's 86th birthday with two special exhibits

Among the first artists ever inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, Chuck Berry is often referred to as the "Father of Rock and Roll" – a well deserved title, according to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum curatorial director Howard Kramer. In this clip, Kramer shares the handwritten lyrics to two of Chuck Berry's famous recordings: "Carol" and "School Day (Ring! Ring! Goes the Bell)." The Rock Hall will celebrate Chuck Berry's 86th birthday on October 18 with two special exhibits: a Chuck Berry Spotlight Exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, and a special Chuck Berry exhibit at the Rock Hall's Library and Archives. Berry is the 2012 American Music Masters honoree, and his life and work will be celebrated with a weeklong series of events beginning on October 22, 2012 and culminating in a Chuck Berry–tribute concert on October 27, 2012.


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Spotlight Exhibit: Chuck Berry Collection at the Library + Archives

Wednesday, October 17: 10:30 a.m.
Posted by Jennie Thomas
Chuck Berry UK tour program circa 1964 at the Rock Hall Library and Archives

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Case Western Reserve University will honor rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry during the 17th annual American Music Masters® (AMM) series this October. Roll Over Beethoven: The Life and Music of Chuck Berry, a weeklong celebration beginning October 22 and culminating with a special tribute concert on October 27, will tell the story of one of the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

 As part of the celebration, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s Library and Archives has created a spotlight exhibit illustrating both essential and lesser known details about Berry’s life and career through materials such as concert posters, photographs, books, and audio and video of live performances – from his start with Johnnie “B. Goode” Johnson in the Sir John Trio in 1952 to his resurgence in the 1970s.

Chuck Berry performance invoice Ohio the Raspberries bandThe exhibit contains 14 items from the Museum’s permanent collections, including sheet music to his 1955 hit song “Maybellene” that helped ignite the rock and roll revolution; a promotional photograph for “School Day (Ring! Ring! Goes the Bell)” from his first album After School ...


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Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll: "Imagine"

Tuesday, October 9: 12 p.m.
Posted by Rock Hall
John Lennon's "Imagine" is one of the Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll

"Imagine" became one of the enduring anthems of John Lennon's post-Beatles work. In an interview days before his death, he made a case for the brotherhood of man and woman: "That should be credited as a Lennon/Ono song. A lot of it – the lyric and the concept –came from Yoko, but in those days I was a bit more selfish, a bit more macho, and I sort of omitted to mention her contribution, but it was right out of Grapefruit, her book; there's a whole pile of pieces about imagine this and imagine that, and I have given her credit now long overdue." Ono downplayed her involvement, claiming the period was ripe for mutual inspiration. Lennon responded, "Yeah, but if it had been Bowie, I would have put 'Lennon/Bowie' if it had been a male, you know... but when we did it, I just put 'Lennon' because, you know, she's just the wife and, you know, you don't put her name on, right?" Co-produced by Lennon, Ono and Phil Spector, "Imagine" was recorded in July 1971 at John's home studio in Tittenhurst Park. It reached Number Three on Billboard's Hot ...


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Rock Hall Welcomes 9-Millionth Visitor

Monday, October 8: 1 p.m.
Posted by Rock Hall
Judy Herlihy became the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's 9-millionth visitor on October 8

On Monday, October 8, 2012, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, welcomed its 9-millionth visitor since opening its doors on September 2, 1995. Lucky visitor Judy Herlihy from Rochester, New York, arrived to great fanfare when she entered the Museum at 11:30 am, as 500 balloons fell to the tune of Ian Hunter's "Cleveland Rocks," and a cheering crowd of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum staff provided a rousing welcome. As the nine-millionth visitor, Herlihy received a lifetime membership to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, a VIP vault tour, dinner for her and three guests at the Hard Rock Café in Cleveland, a SiriusXM Edge Radio with vehicle kit and free three-month subscription to XM Premier, and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum 25th Anniversary merchandise package. 

An avid music fan, the recently retired Herlihy spent the summer attending numerous concerts in the area. Herlihy, who had never visited Cleveland before, put touring the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum at the top of her list: “I just had to come to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ...


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Rock Hall Announces 2013 Hall of Fame Nominees

Thursday, October 4: 12:30 p.m.
Posted by Rock Hall
Introducing the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees

Today, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the nominees for induction in 2013: the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Albert King, Kraftwerk, the Marvelettes, the Meters, Randy Newman, N.W.A, Procol Harum, Public Enemy, Rush and Donna Summer.

 

WATCH: The 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of Nominees


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