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Young Guru and How to Make the Best Music

Friday, March 21: 6 p.m.
Posted by Rock Hall
Jay-Z collaborator Young Guru

Young Guru's impressive resume highlights more than a decade of experience in sound engineering and production, as well as his role as A&R for Roc-A-Fella Records and Def Jam Recordings. However, he's most lauded for his work behind the boards, shaping some of hip-hop's brightest talents: mixing 10 of Jay-Z's 11 albums, and DJing on the Watch the Throne tour, as well as Jay-Z's legendary Carnegie Hall and Barclays Center shows. On several recordings, Jay-Z himself offers verbal acknowledgements of Guru's importance.

As one of audio's most important minds and essential voices, Guru has elevated the discourse of audio engineering philosophy, science and technology. On March 19, 2014, Young Guru sat down with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame education director Jason Hanley for an exclusive interview, sharing stories from his years in the music industry. "The best music, in my opinion, is made by small groups of people in these small areas," says Guru. "If you go to Detroit and look at the Motown house, it's little – it's super little – but you think about the immense amount of music that came out of that house; or if you go ...


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On her 81st birthday, Yoko Ono Opens Up in Interview

Tuesday, February 18: 12:50 p.m.
Posted by Jim Henke
Yoko Ono

Although her relationship with John Lennon is often paramount in the rock world's esteem of her, Yoko Ono remains a pivotal figure in the evolution of conceptual art, challenging perceptions with avant-garde and experimental installations, music, fashion and more. For decades, Ono has also been a champion of peace and understanding, and a tireless activist: from the "Bed-ins for Peace" with husband John Lennon in 1969 that ultimately beget "Give Peace a Chance" to creating Artists Against Fracking in 2012 with her son, Sean Lennon, to protest the controversial drilling method.

On her 81st birthday, Yoko Ono opens up on her relationship with Paul McCartney, recording with members of the Beastie Boys, writing about and with her son Sean Lennon and celebrating her late husband's legacy. 

 

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: John was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist back in 1994. Paul McCartney inducted him and read a letter to him, and you accepted the award. What was that like?

Yoko Ono: It was good, but it was a long time ago. I was very, very happy that John was inducted, and it was very sweet of Paul to ...


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Smashing Design: Building the Rock Hall's Piano

Wednesday, July 17: 11:31 a.m.
Posted by Rock Hall
Testing the "smashed guitar" built into the Rock Hall's piano.

This week, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in partnership with Play Me, I'm Yours unveiled a unique piano designed by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame exhibit designer John Sloboda. "The represented act of smashing the guitar through the top of the piano is an attempt to catch the 'lightening in a bottle' moment when something happens where there's a little bit of danger mixed with excitement," says Sloboda of the Rock Hall's piano design that features a guitar "smashed" into the top of the piano. "Plus, having the electric guitar with the piano feels a little more rock and roll, and seemed fitting because the Rock Hall sponsored the piece."

Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland International Piano Competition teamed up to present Play Me, I'm Yours, curating an interactive art installation composed of 25 uniquely decorated pianos that will be placed throughout Northeast Ohio, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The idea is to encourage people to meet, connect, communicate and express themselves through the shared experience of musical performance.

Dubbed "Black Magik," the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's piano was inspired by ...


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The Man Who Set The Stage: Mark Fisher Dies at 66

Friday, June 28: 3 p.m.
Portion of "The Wall" set at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio

Mark Fisher, the talented and prolific creator of environments that helped take the experience of rock concerts to a new and more spectacular level, passed away on June 26, 2013. He was 66. Fisher was responsible for the stage design of iconic and groundbreaking concert environments for such Hall of Fame Inductees as the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and U2, among others.

With news of his passing, the Rolling Stones issued the following statement, quoted in the Daily Mail newspaper: “We are all extremely saddened to hear of the death of dear friend Mark Fisher. The remarkable sets he designed for us over last two decades played a major part in the success of all those tours. His passion, dedication and professionalism was infectious. We all loved his dry sense of humor and unflappable demeanor ... a quietly soft spoken genius.”

Among his credits, Fisher designed the set for the Rolling Stones’ 1989 Steel Wheels tour and ex-Pink Floyd member Roger Waters' The Wall extravaganza in 1990, when he performed the 1979 album The Wall at Potsdamer Platz, the site of the Berlin Wall. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is proud to display examples of Fisher’s ...


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Preview of "Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction" at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Wednesday, February 27: 4:30 p.m.
Posted by Rock Hall
Behind the scenes of the Rock Hall's new Rolling Stones exhibit, opening May 24, 2013

On May 24, 2013, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, will unveil a new, two-story retrospective exhibit titled "Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction." Among the artifacts to be included in the Rolling Stones exhibit is the original collage art design that would appear in the inner gatefold sleeve of the group's Their Satanic Majesties Request.

Their Satanic Majesties Request was a psychedelic response to the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, which was released seven months prior to the Stones' effort in 1967. With psychedelia in full-swing, 1967 proved an eventful year for the Rolling Stones – most infamously following the arrests of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards on drug charges following a police raid during a party at the latter's Redlands home in Sussex. Among those also in attendance, though not detained, was Richards' friend and photographer Michael Cooper. 

original album art for Rolling Stones Their Satanic Majesties RequestThroughout the Sixties, Cooper, a fixture on the London art and music scenes, captured many iconic images of artists, including the Beatles, Eric Clapton and Marianne Faithfull. However, arguably his most candid images came from his time with the Stones. (pictured, left: original collage art for Their Satanic Majesties ...


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