Highlight artifacts from a range of Hall of Fame Inductees, including Bruce Springsteen, Guns 'n Roses, The Supremes, Michael Jackson, David Bowie and others.
Rock and roll is as much about the spectacle, the visual, as it as the sonic—we remember Bowie’s character Ziggy Stardust as much as we do the lyrics to “Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide,” Michael Jackson’s moonwalk as much as the bassline of “Billie Jean.”
Conceived in tandem with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Legends of Rock began as Rock Style, an exhibit on rock and roll’s trendsetting role in the fashion industry. The exhibit premiered at the Met on December 9, 1999 before moving to the Rock Hall and London’s Barbican Centre. There’s a reason it was chosen to close out the millennium—this exhibit captures the most iconic moments in rock history.
Many of the artifacts have since found a permanent residence at the Rock Hall in Legends of Rock, which expands on the original concept to include artifacts from artists’ lives, performances and songwriting processes: handwritten drafts of hit singles, instruments used in concert and strangely enough, more than one rocker’s personalized pinball machine.