Exhibit opens to the public January 12
WHAT: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will open its newest photography exhibit, 1950s Radio in Color: The Lost Photographs of Cleveland Deejay Tommy Edwards, this month. The exhibit features more than 30 images of 1950s music, film and television stars, including Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran and some surprises like Michael Landon and Henry Fonda – all in glorious Ektachrome color.
WHEN: The exhibition will open to the public on Thursday, January 12, 2012.
WHERE: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Patti, Jay and Kizzie Baker Gallery
1100 Rock and Roll Boulevard
Collection Auto Group plaza
Cleveland, OH 44114
ABOUT THE EXHIBIT: Songwriter, musician and music historian Christopher Kennedy discovered Cleveland deejay Tommy Edwards’ photography collection during his research into the long-lost rock and roll film, The Pied Piper of Cleveland, which is rumored to contain some of the earliest footage of Elvis Presley. Kennedy’s discovery resulted in his 2011 book, 1950s Radio in Color, which features more than 200 images from Edwards’ collection.
As a prominent deejay at WERE in Cleveland, Edwards enjoyed unprecedented access to rock , pop and country music’s biggest stars. Capturing artists as they visited WERE’s studios to plug their latest record, or at the many high-school sock hops that he presented between 1955 and 1960, Edwards shot more than 1,700 slides.
Tommy Edwards may never have imagined his photographs would someday be seen in a gallery. Fortunately, history has finally caught up with him, allowing us to feel the wonder and excitement he must have felt every day while witnessing a cultural revolution. Through his camera’s eye, the stars became mere mortals and at the same time somehow even grander than before. The exhibit, in the Baker Gallery of the Museum’s Main Exhibit Hall, will run through the summer.
MORE: For additional information regarding the exhibit, 1950s Radio in Color: The Lost Photographs of Cleveland Deejay Tommy Edwards, visit rockhall.com.
About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.
The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays (and Saturdays through Labor Day), the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), children under 8 and Museum Members are always free, for information or to join the membership program call 216. 515.8425. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK(7625) or visit www.rockhall.com. The Museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.