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.
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 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.
Pioneers of Rock
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.
Hotter Than July: The Bruce W. Talamon R&B Photographs
The special exhibition highlights the work of photographer Bruce W. Talamon and features images of Inductees including the Isley Brothers, Sir Elton John, and Earth, Wind & Fire. The photographs show pivotal moments from the culture-shifting television series Soul Train, and groundbreaking concerts including the 1972 Wattstax Music Festival and the 1977 P-Funk Earth Tour.
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.
Forest City Charitable/RMS Foundations Theater
Now Playing: From The Vault -- The Beatles. Amazing, once-in-a-lifetime jams from our Induction stage featuring Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and a remarkable list of superstar musicians. This highlight reel plays on loop all day, unless otherwise noted.
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.
Soak Up the Sun: The Music of Sheryl Crow
Through her powerhouse solo performances, collaborations with industry icons, and early session musician work, 2023 Nominee Sheryl Crow’s influence reverberates through 1990s rock, pop, country, folk, blues, and the work of countless singer-songwriters. Highlighting moments throughout her incredible career, this exhibit features artifacts such as handwritten lyrics to “Leaving Las Vegas,” the leather jacket worn in the “All I Wanna Do” music video, and the outfit worn for Crow’s 2018 Bonnaroo performance. "I am thrilled and honored to have a featured exhibit at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame," said Crow. "Thank you to the Rock Hall team for curating and thanks to all my fans for all the support and love throughout the years."
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