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 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.
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.
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.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
A special exhibit inside Right Here, Right Now that spotlights the Wildflowers album. On display you'll find artifacts surrounding the Wildflowers era sessions and corresponding tour including work-in-progress handwritten lyrics to songs like "Crawling Back To You" and "You Don't Know How It Feels," Petty's custom Blonde Toru Nittono electric guitar.
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 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.
1100 Rock and Roll Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio 44114