The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

Songwriters to Soundmen featuring Govinda Gallery Founder and Director Chris Murray

Wednesday, September 15: 7 p.m.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to welcome Govinda Gallery Founder and Director Chris Murray for the FREE monthly program From Songwriters to Soundmen: The People Behind the Hits on Wednesday, September 15 at 7 p.m. in the Rock Hall’s Foster Theater. This event is presented in conjunction with the opening of the Rock Hall’s latest exhibit ELVIS 1956: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer, which was organized in cooperation with Govinda Gallery, Washington D.C.
Jim Henke, the Rock Hall’s vice president of education exhibitions and curatorial affairs, will moderate the evening, in which Murray will discuss these iconic photographs as well as his curation of the ELVIS 1956 exhibit. Questions will be taken from the audience at the end of the interview. 

This event is FREE with a reservation.  Please email or call (216) 515-8426 to RSVP. This event will not be live streamed on

Christopher Murray is the founder and director of Govinda Gallery in Washington, DC.  Since 1975, Govinda Gallery has established itself as one of the most innovative, contemporary galleries in the United States.  Govinda Gallery originally became known for exhibiting many of the nation’s leading pop artists. Murray enjoyed a close personal and professional friendship with Andy Warhol for over fifteen years until the time of the artist’s death.  Through his association with Warhol, Murray came to know and exhibit many of the nation’s leading artists during the late 70s and early 80s.

In 1984, Murray hosted the first exhibition of celebrated photographer Annie Leibovitz at Govinda Gallery. That exhibition featured Leibovitz’s work as chief photographer for Rolling Stone magazine. Since that time, the Govinda Gallery has developed as the leading gallery in the world representing and exhibiting photographs related to contemporary music.  Murray has organized more than 200 major exhibitions of paintings, drawings, and photographs and has received critical accolades in Rolling Stone magazine, The Washington Post, USA Today, The International Herald Tribune, American Photo, and Vanity Fair.  Murray also wrote the introduction to the book Elvis 1956 (2009), which was published on the occasion of the Smithsonian traveling exhibition, Elvis at 21.


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“From Songwriters to Soundmen: The People Behind the Hits” gives Rock Hall audiences an 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 techs, 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. 

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