Devo: Jeff Rusnak

New Photo Gallery Something Going On: Jeff Rusnak


Newly Discovered Rare Photographs Featuring Iconic Bands and Performers on Exhibit for the First Time

CLEVELAND (September 27, 2018) – Highlights from a newly acquired photography collection are on exhibit in Something Going On: Jeff Rusnak, A Rock & Roll Life at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on October 3rd. Starting in the 1970s, Jeff Rusnak (1956-2016) was a fixture in the pits of rock clubs and concert halls in New Jersey, Philadelphia and New York City – snapping hundreds of thousands of images, a fraction of which are now on display in the Rock Hall’s new photography gallery.

Rusnak had a deep love of music that was evident in every part of his life. He was a late-night disc jockey, musician, producer and manager at the legendary Princeton Record Exchange and an incessant photographer. Many of the photos he took were of bands when they were just getting started, such as Black Flag, U2, The Clash, and Ween.

Rusnak himself was an intensely private person. Much of his collection was discovered after his passing and generously given to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to enhance the museum’s mission to engage, teach and inspire through the power of rock and roll. His photographs will permanently reside in the Rock Hall’s Library & Archives.

On display are images of some of the most iconic figures in rock in the past forty years, showcasing national, international and local Philadelphia acts, including David Bowie, Henry Rollins, Joe Strummer, Elvis Costello, Frank Zappa, Stevie Nicks, Nancy Wilson, Tina Weymouth, Annie Golden, Wayne Coyne, Jello Biafra, Peter Gabriel, the Who, Talking Heads, Adam Ant, Devo, Ramones, the B-52’s, Frank Zappa, Flaming Lips, Yes, Gary Numan, Chuck Berry, and more.

Original and digital prints on display are just a few examples of the thousands of photographs in The Jeff Rusnak Collection. The full collection is housed at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Library & Archives, located on the Metro campus of Cuyahoga Community College at 2809 Woodland Avenue in Cleveland. To view the collection, please make an appointment by contacting [email protected].

An exclusive preview of the exhibit for Members and Donors will take place on October 3rd. Become a member or donor of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame today! Members rock all year long with unlimited admission, invitations to exclusive member-only events, discounts in the Rock Hall’s store and café, and Title Track, our member magazine. Supporters of our Donor Circle gain all of this and more, including exclusive invites to artist meet and greets and the opportunity to purchase induction ceremony tickets directly through the Rock Hall. For more information or to join call the membership hotline at (216) 515-8425 or email [email protected]. For information on the Donor Circle, call (216) 515-1222 or email [email protected].

During the month of October, local residents can take advantage of a special two for $20 ticket offer to visit the Museum. ID required at box office to redeem.


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