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The Library and Archives Opens Today

Tuesday, January 17: 5 p.m.
Posted by Rock Hall
Andy Leach, director of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's Library and Archives

Today, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opened the world’s largest library and archives devoted to rock and roll music. The Library and Archives is located in downtown Cleveland at the Center for Creative Arts on Cuyahoga Community College’s (Tri-C) Metropolitan Campus. The state-of-the-art structure is where library and archives professionals collect, preserve and provide access to primary and secondary resources relating to rock and roll history. A grand opening dedication will take place during the week of the 2012 Induction Ceremony on Monday, April 9. 


Upon opening, students and music scholars were eager to explore the 22,500-square-foot Library and Archives' repository of materials relating to the history of rock and roll, including vast collections of books, periodicals, and commercial audio and video recordings, as well as hundreds of archival collections containing personal papers, business records, photographs, posters, audio and video materials. In keeping with the mixed-media content available, 11 multimedia workstations allow users to view and listen to recorded material and to conduct online research. 

Visiting researchers now have access to never-before-seen materials, including the archival collections of some of popular music’s most significant figures, including Alan Freed, Clive Davis, Ahmet ...


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From Breaking Ground to Ground Breaking: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Thursday, September 1: 12 p.m.
Posted by Rock Hall
Pete Townshend at June, 7, 1993 groundbreaking ceremony.

In September 1995, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opened its doors in Cleveland. It was a dream more than a decade in the making and one that continues to grow as the Hall prepares to open its Library and Archives in 2012, advancing its mission to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music.

The Hall of Fame and Museum was the brainchild of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, the nonprofit organization launched in 1983 and led by Atlantic Records Founder and Chairman Ahmet Ertegun, along with Rolling Stone magazine publisher Jann Wenner, attorney Allen Grubman, manager Jon Landau, record executives Seymour Stein and Bob Krasnow, and attorney Suzan Evans. The group sought to establish an organization that recognized "the people who have created this music which has become the most popular music of our time.”

Officials from Cleveland and the State of Ohio approached the Foundation in 1985 and suggested the construction of a major museum. For more than a year, the Foundation considered Cleveland and numerous other cities, including New York, Philadelphia, New Orleans, San Francisco, Memphis and Chicago ...


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Support the Rock Hall for SXSW 2012!

Monday, August 22: 11:59 a.m.
Posted by Rock Hall

Now in its 26th year, the SXSW Music and Media Conference has grown into the must-attend networking event for the 21st century music industry. Showcasing nearly 2,000 musical acts from around the globe at over 80 stages in downtown Austin, SXSW registrants have a first-look at tomorrow's stars.

Conference registrants also partake in a full agenda of provocative, informative panel discussions and celebrity interviews featuring hundreds of speakers of international stature. Once again, the Rock Hall submitted a panel idea for the SXSW Music Festival (March 13-18, 2012). Our music panel idea – New Digs: A Rock and Roll Library and Archives – has been submitted to the Panel Picker, but now needs your vote to move forward!

New Digs: A Rock and Roll Library and Archives panel description: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's new Library and Archives will be the world's most comprehensive repository of written and audiovisual materials relating to the history of rock and roll. The Library and Archives collects, preserves, and will provide access to these resources in order to educate people about rock and roll, its roots, and its impact on society. In early 2012, the Library and Archives ...


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Does Rock and Roll Belong in a Museum?

Tuesday, March 16: 3:33 p.m.
Posted by Lenny Kaye
The Rock Hall's SXSW panel Does Rock and Roll Belong in a Museum? is March 18 in Austin.

I am in the basement of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, staring at the sacred object that is John Cippollina’s amplifier, a Bride-of-Frankenstein creation that shotgun-marries the solid stateliness of Standell with the classique tube overload of Fender, topped by two monstrous horns to ensure the treble frequencies pierce any solar plexus within range.

Of course, I would love to hear this magnificent beast, especially when brought to life by the electric magnetic energy of John’s custom Gibson SG which sits awaiting next to its amplifier; but of course, that is impossible, given Cippollina’s unfortunately early demise.  Yet I am as close to it as I might be on any night at the Avalon Ballroom in 1966; and I vicariously partake of its magic, inspiration, and thingness, seeing within it the shadow of its creator. 

Over the past couple of months, with the imminent opening of the long awaited Hall of Fame Library, that will provide an archive of this hybrid musical mutation we call rock and roll, of which I have been a longtime vocal proponent and hunter/gatherer, I have been asked whether such enshrinement is good for the unruly immediacy that characterizes ...


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What's Happening at the Library and Archives

Thursday, March 4: 4:56 p.m.
Posted by Andy Leach

Andy Leach, director of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Library and Archives, gives a behind the scenes look at the Library and Archives in downtown Cleveland.

Things are coming along at the Library and Archives. Our staff moved into our brand new facility in December, and since then, we’ve transferred about a third of our materials from offsite storage and have begun processing these collections in order to make them accessible to the public someday. We’re also in the midst of determining our needs for online systems and data storage and planning our in-house digitization and conversation labs for the long-term preservation of our collections. Behind the scenes, making all of this happen is a very talented and hard-working group of employees, interns, and volunteers. As we continue to interview job candidates and fill new positions, it is increasingly clear to me that by the time we open our doors to the public in late 2010, our Library and Archives will be staffed by a first-class group of music librarians and archivists.

Equally outstanding are the archival collections that our Library and Archives will house. A few weeks ago, our Archivist Jennie Thomas and I ...


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Rock Hall’s Library Director Talks about the New Library and Archives

Thursday, October 22: 4:18 p.m.
Posted by Andy Leach
The Library and Archives will open in downtown Cleveland in 2010.

The Rock Hall's Library Director Andy Leach

 

We’re happy to report that construction of the Rock Hall’s new Library and Archives is complete!  Once our shelving, furniture, and workstations are installed in the next month or so, we’ll move our small but growing staff into the new 22,500-square-foot facility.  Soon thereafter, we’ll also transfer our existing library and archival collections from offsite storage and begin the hard work of cataloging, processing, and preserving these materials for future generations.

Our plan is that the Library and Archives will be the world’s preeminent research collection of written and audiovisual materials relating to the history of rock and roll.  Its collections will include books, dissertations, periodicals, sound and video recordings, and thousands of boxes of archival materials (including personal papers, correspondence, photographs, song manuscripts, business records, contracts, press kits, posters, flyers, and clippings).  Eventually, we’ll also establish in-house labs for the digital preservation and conservation of these materials.

We plan to open the doors of the Library and Archives in late 2010, and we’ll provide access to our materials for scholars, educators, students, journalists, and the general public.  We hope to see you then!  In the meantime, stay tuned here for further ...


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