Music Masters

Each year, the Music Masters series explores the legacy of one of those pioneering figures in a range of events that includes Museum exhibits, lectures, films, a major conference and a tribute concert benefiting the Rock Hall’s education department. Drawing together music experts, artists, fans and friends, these events aim to provide new perspectives on some of the most beloved and influential musicians of the past century. The  Music Masters series began in 1996 when the museum paid tribute to Woody Guthrie with a 10-day celebration of his life and legacy. Other honorees include Aretha Franklin, Muddy Waters, Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew, Janis Joplin, Jimmie Rodgers and more.

Above: Dr. John, Jerry Lee Lewis, Susan Tedeschi, Slash and Les Paul, Aretha Franklin and Terry Stewart.

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      “This is a big day in my life. Thank you so much. Thanks to all you people. If it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t be here...This is a wonderful night for me.”
      - Les Paul at the 2008 American Music Masters tribute concert