As part of our re-design of the Museum’s galleries, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has just opened a fantastic new Beatles exhibit. It features all new casework, a video element and – best of all – several great new artifacts. The Museum has had a great relationship with Yoko Ono since day one. As a result, we have always had numerous artifacts representing John Lennon, including his Sgt. Pepper uniform, the guitar he played during the bed-ins for peace that he and Yoko held in 1969, several lyric manuscripts and a black leather jacket from the Beatles’ days in Hamburg. This time around, as we revamped our Beatles exhibit, both Olivia Harrison and Ringo Starr also contributed artifacts. George Harrison’s widow loaned us a striped suit that he wore during the Beatles’ 1966 tour of the U.S. and an orange jacket that he wore to the premiere of Yellow Submarine. Ringo loaned us a red jacket that he wore in the “Strawberry Fields Forever” promo film. In addition, the exhibit includes Lennon’s collarless jacket that he wore in 1963 and 1964, the Beatles logo drumhead from the band’s appearance on the Ed Sullivan show in February 1964, a jacket Paul McCartney wore in the film Help!, two electric Rickenbacker guitars played by John Lennon and George Harrison, handwritten lyric manuscripts to “In My Life” and “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.”. . . I could go on and on…. It’s a fabulous exhibit, and our visitors are loving it. I want to thank Yoko, Olivia, Ringo, the people at Apple and everyone else who made this exhibit possible. Come by and check it out. You will be blown away!
Click here to read more about this exhibit and see photos of select artifacts, on display now at the Rock Hall!