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Outside the Classroom

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum educates about the historical significance and impact of rock and roll through a variety of different formats, including performances, artist interviews, lectures, community festivals, film screenings and conferences in venues both on and offsite to help the Museum reach expanding audiences. Special guests include Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees and music legends to music industry experts, up-and-coming musicians and more. 

HALL OF FAME

We bring inductees to Cleveland,

(and occasionally to venues in other parts of the country) offering audiences rare and unique access to Hall of Famers in an intimate setting. Formats for these once-in-a-lifetime events have inspired spontaneous conversation and impromptu performances, special presentations, and audience-participation question and answer sessions. The series celebrates the careers of some of rock music’s biggest names and allows the public to learn about the history and influence of rock and roll from the people who made it. Each Hall of Fame Series is audio and/or videotaped for use in the Museum’s future Library and Archives.

 

We have interviewed Darryl “DMC” McDaniels Run-D.M.C. ♦ Lloyd Price ♦ Little Anthony & the Imperials ♦ Mark Ramone ♦ George Clinton ♦ Isaac Hayes ♦ Stewart Copeland of the Police ♦ Seymour Stein ♦ Pete Seeger ♦ the Yardbirds ♦ Ray Manzarek of the Doors ♦ Aretha Franklin and many more.

Above: Little Anthony and the Imperials, Jorma Kaukonen of Jefferson Airplane, Darlene Love, D.M.C., Ronnie Spector
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LEGENDS SERIES

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s Legends Series brings some of rock and roll’s biggest names to the Foster Theater for an intimate interview session and sometimes even impromptu performances.  Each event is followed by a question and answer session that lets audience members ask what’s on their mind. 

We have interviewed Spinderella of Salt n Pepa ♦ Peter Hook of Joy Division ♦ The Chi-Lites ♦ Alan Parsons, producer for Pink Floyd ♦ Tommy James of the Shondells and more.

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SONGWRITERS TO SOUNDMEN

The People Behind the Hits

Songwriters to Soundmen gives Rock Hall audiences a FREE inside look at aspects of the music business that are often concealed from view. For those who wonder how songs become recordings, how recordings become hits, or how the show gets on the road, this series offers both answers and anecdotes beyond imagination. From label executives to producers to guitar tech to radio djs, the music industry is populated with remarkable characters who have equally remarkable stories to tell. If many of us know a whole lot about the stars, too few among us know about the folks who work alongside the stars, who discover stars, who direct the careers of stars, who produce their songs.  

 

 

 

 

Above: MTV VJ Matt Pinfield, singer and collector Marty Stewart, songwriter Weldon McDougal, III, photographer Anastasia Pantsios.

  • Black History Month

    Black History Month

    In February, the Museum focuses its attention on a specific African-American root or offshoot of rock and roll. Events include free performances by local and national groups, film screenings, lectures, and intimate evenings of conversation, all celebrating the traditions of blues, soul, rhythm & blues and gospel.
  • Landmark Series

    Landmark Series

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s Landmark Series designates historic rock and roll landmarks around the United States.
  • Music Masters

    Music Masters

    The Music Masters® series, a co-production of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, celebrates the lives and careers of artists who changed the shape and sound of popular culture.
  • Rock Hall Community Festivals

    Rock Hall Community Festivals

    Celebration of greater Cleveland’s diverse ethnic communities is essential to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.