Legends of Rock exhibit
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Ahmet Ertegun
Main Exhibit Hall

The history of rock & roll is far from linear. Explore the sonic history and many evolutions of the music that changed the world starting with the Roots of Rock, through the Legends of Rock, to today's artists in Right Here, Right Now.


Explore the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll and some of the most iconic One Hit Wonders.



How do early rock & roll songs go from being the devil's music to being used in prescription drug ads? How does Heavy Metal music labeled as profane go on to become high school marching band staples? Rock & Roll has always been music of youth culture, and so history keeps repeating itself.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Elvis Exhibit

Pioneers of Rock

The pioneers of rock and roll revolutionized the music industry in the 1950s and 60s, paving the way for countless musicians to come. Elvis Presley, known as the "King of Rock and Roll," combined his unique vocal style with a charismatic stage presence that captured the hearts of audiences worldwide. Chuck Berry, often referred to as the "Father of Rock and Roll," incorporated blues and country music into his sound, creating a signature guitar-driven style that would influence generations of musicians. Wanda Jackson, the "Queen of Rockabilly," broke barriers as one of the first female rock and roll performers, blending rock and country to create her own dynamic sound. These three icons left an indelible mark on music history, shaping the genre and inspiring countless artists to follow in their footsteps.



Sun Records, established in 1952 by Sam Phillips, is a music landmark known for launching the careers of rock and roll icons like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. The studio's fusion of blues and country laid the groundwork for the rock and roll genre, making Sun Records a cornerstone in the evolution of American music.

Rock out inside the fully stocked Jam space


The Garage consists of five main areas where for the first time, fans can pick up real instruments, learn to play, jam with friends, brand their band with custom merchandise, and check out great gear and instruments from the Museum’s collection.