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.
Iconic: Baron Wolman Images of an Era
Baron Wolman’s photographs of musicians in the late Sixties encapsulate an unparalleled time in American history. As the first chief photographer for Rolling Stone magazine, Wolman not only documented the era but helped to define it in images for subsequent generations of fans.
THE BEAT GOES ON
Explore the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll and some of the most iconic One Hit Wonders.
DON'T KNOCK THE ROCK
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 go from being labeled as profane go on to be high school marching band staples? Rock & Roll has always been music for the young people, so history keeps repeating itself.
Cities & Sounds
Drop into the cities that sparked major shifts in rock & roll - rock's Big Bang in Memphis, Detroit's Motown scene, the Summer of Love in San Francisco, the supergroups of 70's L.A., Philly Soul, the simultaneous birth of Punk in New York, London, and L.A., and the Grunge movement from Seattle. You can also explore the early days of rock & roll in Rave On, the soulful sounds of R&B, and raw power of Hard Rock & Heavy Metal.
The Biggest Show On Turf: 55 Years of Halftime Shows
The Super Bowl is the most viewed television event of the entire year, and more people watch the Halftime Show than the game. With a worldwide audience that exceeds 100 million, the Super Bowl Halftime Show remains one of the rare events that people still enjoy together in real-time, and the power of this shared experience cannot be overstated. Featuring memorable national anthem and halftime performances with legendary artists including Aerosmith, Bono, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Prince, The Weeknd and more.
The Beatles and The Rolling Stones
The two biggest bands to come out of the British Invasion exist harmoniously in an Extension of the Legends of Rock & Roll exhibit. Find iconic Beatles instruments and artifacts from their days in the Cavern Club through their solo careers and show off your best moves like Mick Jagger in front of an amazing collection of stage outfits and posters from the Rolling Stones.
Forest City Charitable/RMS Foundations Theater
From 1952 to 1989, American Bandstand brought the latest dance crazes and the most popular artists of the day into American living rooms, sparking the imaginations of teenagers from coast to coast. This film features segments from the show. The film is approximately 30 minutes and is shown continuously.
The Music of Cleveland and the Midwest
Cleveland earned its place on the rock and roll map in the early '50s when local disc jockey Alan Freed was the first to call the R&B music he was playing on his nightly radio show “rock and roll.” From then on, the Midwest has played a crucial role in rock's expansion across the country and generations.
The Cavs and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame collaboration features the “Cleveland Amplified” exhibit at the museum in Cleveland. The exclusive exhibit features artifacts that speak to the longstanding connection between music and sports, including: Larry Nance Jr.’s #22 2020-21 City Edition uniform, Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam Poster, Russell “Rusty” Pistachio of H20 Jersey, Chuck D of Public Enemy Shoes, and “Come On Cavs (Got to Make It Happen)” 1975 Record.
Cleveland, Ohio 44114