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Steven Tyler and Joey Kramer of Aerosmith tour the Museum

Friday, October 29: 1:07 p.m.
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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Steven Tyler and Joey Kramer of Aerosmith stopped by the Rock Hall yesterday and toured the Museum. 

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Girls on Film: 40 Years of Women in Rock (and the challenges overcome)

Wednesday, January 19: 11:37 a.m.
Grace Slick of the Jefferson Airplane, Grant Park, Chicago: May 1969 (photo by Anastasia Pantsios)

I’m excited to be opening my photo show, Girls on Film: 40 Years of Women in Rock, at the Rock Hall on February 14. Going over my negatives, and picking and printing the images, gave me the chance to reflect on my own trajectory as a photographer and a music fan. I’ve also been mulling over why, after a couple of years of thinking about such a show and vice president of exhibitions and curatorial affairs Jim Henke saying “Anytime you’re ready, let’s talk,” this particular theme and selection of work is important to me.

The earliest image in the show was taken at a free daytime concert in Grant Park in Chicago (where I grew up) in 1969. I was new to both photography and rock music. I borrowed a camera from my father — he was a serious amateur photographer whose taste in subjects ran to scenery and flowers — and brought it with me to take pictures of Jefferson Airplane, the band that had recently sparked my interest in rock and roll, largely due to its distinctive singer, Grace Slick, who was neither the ethereal Joni Mitchell-style folk girl or the bad-ass blues mama ...

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World's First Museum Exhibit Dedicated to Women Who Rock Opens at the Rock Hall this Spring

Thursday, February 3: 10:28 a.m.
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Talking Heads' Tina Weymouth's bass guitar, c. 1978, will be featured in this exhibit.

 The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will open a ground-breaking and provocative new exhibit that will illustrate the important roles women have played in rock and roll, from its inception through today. Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power will highlight the flashpoints, the firsts, the best, the celebrated and sometimes lesser-known women who moved rock and roll music and American culture forward. The exhibit is sponsored by PNC and Time Warner Cable. Women Who Rock will open to the public on Friday, May 13, 2011.

To kick off the exhibit’s opening weekend on Saturday, May 14, the Museum’s annual It’s Only Rock and Roll Spring Benefit Concert will feature an all-star lineup including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Wanda Jackson and Cyndi Lauper, both featured in the Women Who Rock exhibit. Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets go on sale to Rock Hall members on Monday, March 28 and to the general public on Tuesday, March 29, 2011.

The exhibition will spotlight more than 60 artists and fill two entire floors of the museum. The exhibit will feature artifacts, video and listening stations, as well as a recording ...

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A Woman Who Rocks: Ann Wilson of Heart (guest blog)

Friday, February 4: 2:09 p.m.
Ann Wilson (left) and Nancy Wilson (right) of Heart.

Over the last four decades, Seattle rock band Heart has released 13 studio albums selling more than 30,000,000 copies, and earned spots on the Top 40 charts more than 20 different times. The span of their career and consistent success has made them among the most commercially enduring hard rock acts of all time. Heart first emerged in the center of the feminist movement of the ‘70s mainstream alongside Joan Jett and the Runaways, Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac and Donna Summer. The gains of the movement through the decade enabled women working in all areas of the music industry to assume more control over their careers. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will highlight Heart as a significant group during this point in music history in the upcoming exhibit Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power opening May 13, 2011. Ann Wilson, lead singer and co-songwriter for Heart, shares some of her influences and what it means to be a woman who rocks -exclusively here on our blog!

Rock Hall: Who are some of the artists that have influenced you the most and why?
Ann Wilson: My  influences have always been artists who have great ...

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Bruce Springsteen visits the Rock Hall

Monday, February 28: 4:24 p.m.
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On the last day of the Rock Hall's From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen exhibit run, Bruce himself paid a surprise visit to the Museum to see the exhibit in its final hours and meet and greet with fans on February 27, 2011.

Click the slideshow below for this behind-the-scenes tour of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and  Museum with Bruce Springsteen!

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Watch the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame featured on American Idol tonight and tomorrow!

Wednesday, April 6: 12:33 p.m.
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For the second time, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will be featured on American Idol. For this week's episodes, the contestants will perform music from our Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll interactive exhibit.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Idol judge Steven Tyler will have some of his collection items from the Museum's Aerosmith exhibit featured on the show as well. (Photo: Steven Tyler and Joey Kramer of Aerosmith in front of their exhibit at the Rock Hall on October 28, 2010)

WATCH! Tonight, April 6 and tomorrow, April 7 at 8 p.m. EST on Fox!

Coming Soon:
Download the Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll app for iPad and iPhone! Click here for details.


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Women Who Rock Exhibit Installation Update #1

Thursday, April 14: 2:59 p.m.
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We are now just less than a month out from the opening of our next major exhibit, Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power, the world’s first exhibition of its kind dedicated to honoring some of rock and roll’s most talented artists. The exhibit is going to cover nearly a century’s worth of music and feature more than 70 artists, filling two entire floors of the museum with costumes, instruments, handwritten lyrics, video and listening stations, plus much more.

We’ll be documenting the exhibit installation process throughout the next four weeks and will share some of our favorite images here on the Rock Hall blog up until the grand opening of the exhibit on Friday, May 13.

Preparing the canvas: the walls have been freshly painted and are nearly ready for the next steps: installing large scale graphic art to frame the eight rock and roll eras that will be featured in the exhibit.  

A sneak peek at the process so far:


Next week: a look at the exhibit's original artwork installation: a giant album cover chandelier – a work of art in its own right - and mounting the artifact exhibit cases.

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Women Who Rock Exhibit Installation Update #2

Wednesday, April 27: 9:51 a.m.
A selection of album covers featured in the Rock Hall's Women Who Rock artwork installation

Sixteen days remain until the opening of the Rock Hall's Women Who Rock exhibit - the first of its kind documenting nearly a century's worth of music featuring more than 70 female artists,  filling two entire floors of the museum with costumes, instruments, handwritten lyrics, video and listening stations, plus much more.

After the paint had dried, the next step in the exhibit creation was hanging the original artwork installation on the top floor of the exhibit. Our exhibit designer originally came up with the idea of a kind of sculpture, made up of album covers of all female artists, to serve as the crowning glory of the exhibit. I was particularly excited by this idea, as I am an old-school, vinyl LP lover. For me, a huge part of the experience of music has been holding a 12 by 12 album cover in my hands, minutely examining the artwork, the liner notes, the credits – CDs and MP3s just don’t work the same way.

So, we set out to identify the most iconic female album covers to include in this original artwork , with an emphasis on showing the diversity and breadth of female artists. The choice of some ...

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