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Five Minutes with Fame: Neon Trees

Friday, October 21: 12 p.m.
Posted by Rock Hall
Neon Trees

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to partner with Microsoft Zune for Five Minutes with Fame, an exclusive video series on the Zune Marketplace featuring singers, songwriters and bands at the forefront of today's music. After a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum, we sit down with artists to talk about their music, their road to success, inspirations, being on tour and of course, some of their favorite artists and artifacts highlighted in the Museum. This week's featured group is Neon Trees.

With influences that include Depeche Mode, Michael Jackson, Led Zeppelin and Bruce Springsteen, it's no surprise that Neon Trees deliver a hook-laden New Wave sound with a hard hitting rock and roll backbone. Lead vocalist and keyboardist Tyler Glenn and guitarist Chris Allen first started playing together as the Neon Trees in their native Southern California in 2005. The two friends eventually moved to Provo, Utah, to attend school, and there met drummer and vocalist Elaine Bradley and bassist Branden Campbell.

Rechristened as a quartet, Neon Trees found an immediate musical connection, churning out a string of inspired tunes that addressed longing, love lost and found and adolescent angst. “We’re ...


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Five Minutes with Fame: Far East Movement

Friday, October 14: 12 p.m.
Posted by Rock Hall
Far East Movement

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to partner with Microsoft Zune for Five Minutes with Fame, an exclusive video series on the Zune Marketplace featuring singers, songwriters and bands at the forefront of today's music. After a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum, we sit down with artists to talk about their music, their road to success, inspirations, being on tour and of course, some of their favorite artists and artifacts highlighted in the Museum. This week's featured group is Far East Movement.

With elements of hip-hop, pop, electro and dance, Los Angeles natives Far East Movement have created an original sound and lifestyle they call "Free Wired." The quartet – Kev Nish, Prohgress, J-Splif and DJ Virman – were inspired by the Downtown LA club scene, West Coast hip hop innovators Pharcyde and Dr. Dre, the dance music of DJ Tiesto and Daft Punk, and popular rockers Guns and Roses and Blink 182, translating that eclecticism into a powerful assemblage of music that has the world dancing.

The group got their start after high school, performing shows in LA bars, clubs and lofts. Those all-night parties helped the group hone their sound and performance skills ...


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Today in Rock: John Lennon is Born

Friday, October 7: 3:30 p.m.
Posted by Rock Hall
John Lennon (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980)

As the most daring and outspoken of the four Beatles, John Lennon helped shape the agenda of the Sixties - socially and politically, no less than musically. As a solo artist, he made music that alternately disturbed and soothed, provoked and sought community. As a human being, he served as an exemplar of honesty in his art and life. Lennon didn’t invent rock and roll, nor did he embody it as toweringly as figures like Elvis Presley and Little Richard, but he did more than anyone else to shake it up, move it forward and instill it with a conscience. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

As Jann Wenner wrote in the foreword to a collection of writings entitled The Ballad of John and Yoko, “Of the many things that will be long remembered about John Lennon - his genius as a musician and singer, his wit and literary swiftness, his social intuition and leadership - among the most haunting was the stark, unembarrassed commitment of his life, his work and his undernourished frame to truth, to peace and to humanity.”

Born on October 9, 1940, during the Nazi bombing of Britain, Lennon was given ...


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Today in Rock: Remembering Johnny Ramone

Thursday, September 15: 10 a.m.
Posted by Rock Hall
(l-r) Johnny Ramone, Tommy Ramone, Joey Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone

With his trademark stance – head down, eyes focused, legs shoulder-width apart, right arm furiously strumming a low-slung Mosrite guitar – Johnny Ramone became a punk icon. He was the ultimate guitar antihero, shying from gratuitous solos and obscure voicings, preferring deliberate playing over the more familiar guitar histrionics of the late-1970s. Torn jeans, T-shirt and black leather jacket were staples of a look that became his understated hallmarks, a far cry from the flamboyant stage outfits that predominated popular music. His rapid-fire, down-stroked barre chords fostered a style that owed little in the way of influence to any other musician or group. For decades, his "buzzsaw" technique was the blaring force behind the Ramones' sound, spurring songs such as “Blitzkrieg Bop,” “Glad to See You Go,” “Sheena Is a Punk Rocker,” “Rockaway Beach,” “I Wanna Be Sedated,” “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School,” and “Do You Remember Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio?” On September 15, 2004, Johnny Ramone passed away after a prolonged battle with prostate cancer. He was 55.

Born and raised in New York City, Johnny Ramone found kindred spirits in bassist Dee Dee Ramone, singer Joey Ramone and drummer Tommy Ramone. The brash quartet hailing from Queens ignited the punk-rock ...


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Five Minutes with Fame: Jimmy Eat World

Friday, September 2: 5:51 a.m.
Posted by Rock Hall
Bookmark our blog for a new video from a different artist each week!

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to partner with Microsoft Zune for Five Minutes with Fame, an exclusive video series on the Zune Marketplace featuring singers, songwriters and bands at the forefront of today's music. After a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum, we sit down with artists to talk about their music, their road to success, inspirations, being on tour and of course, some of their favorite artists and artifacts highlighted in the Museum. This week's featured artist is Jimmy Eat World.

Jimmy Eat World formed in February 1994 in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa, Arizona. Early incarnations of the band – with Jim Adkins (vocals/guitar), Zach Lind (drums), Tom Linton (guitar/vocals) and Mitch Porter (bass) – bonded over a shared appreciation of Rocket from the Crypt, early Def Leppard, the Jesus and Mary Chain, Fugazi and the Velvet Underground. The group's unusual name was born of sibling rivalry. Linton's younger brothers, Ed and Jimmy, were prone to fighting and one particular argument ended when Ed produced a picture of his heavyset brother consuming the Earth. The caption beneath it read "Jimmy Eat World," and the band adopted it.

By the ...


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Five Minutes With Fame: Robyn

Wednesday, August 24: 9 a.m.
Posted by Rock Hall
Bookmark our blog for a new video from a different artist each week!

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to partner with Microsoft Zune for Five Minutes with Fame, an exclusive video series on the Zune Marketplace featuring singers, songwriters and bands at the forefront of today's music. After a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum, we sit down to talk with each artist about their music, their road to success, inspirations, being on tour and of course, some of their favorite artists and artifacts highlighted in the Museum. This week's featured artist is Robyn.

Much like her Swedish pop-loving brethren, Scandinavian singer-songwriter Robyn has a gift for crafting indelible melodies, though it's not all sunshine and bubblegum. Her songs often favor a R&B groove and she sings with soulful conviction, a style cultivated by listening to her parent's American soul records. Her latest releases reflect an ambitious rethinking of what a pop song can be – and spotlight a woman who rocks.

Prompted by continued frustrations with record labels after more than a decade of making music, Robyn returned in 2005 on her own terms, releasing a self-titled album on her newly formed Konichiwa imprint. The album featured collaborations with a host of fellow ...


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Video Treasures

Monday, January 10: 1:27 p.m.
Posted by Kathryn Metz

Working in the Education Department at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has its perks.  For example, I have access to some of the best experts in the field, whether they are academics, journalists or musicians themselves.  Fortunately, the Rock Hall has worked hard over the years to chronicle exhibits, interviews and other opportunities that function not only as archival evidence, but also as fascinating windows into the thrilling culture of American popular music. 

Recently, we went through tens of videos that Director of Education Jason Hanley worked with our curatorial staff to create a few years ago and found that they would complement our education courses, providing supplemental material for teachers and fans alike.  We found an exciting sneak peek into the marketing strategy of Elvis, which we posted to our Rockin’ the Schools class site for 'Takin’ Care of Business: A Rock Band Finance Simulation.'  We unearthed a great video showcasing rhythm and blues pioneer Big Joe Turner that we now feature on our distance learning On the Road class page for 'The Big Bang: The Birth of Rock and Roll.'  We’re lucky to have our Vice President of Curatorial Affairs Jim Henke talking ...


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