Independent record label pioneer will offer an inside look on music business

CLEVELAND (October 8, 2009) - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to welcome independent record label pioneer Joe Bihari for the FREE monthly program From Songwriters to Soundmen: The People Behind the Hits on Wednesday, October 21 at 7 p.m. in the Foster Theater on the 4th level of the Museum.

Bihari will be interviewed by John Broven, renowned author of Record Makers and Breakers: Voices of the Independent Rock ‘n’ Roll Pioneers. Questions will be taken from the audience at the end of the interview. Please email or call (216) 515-8426 to RSVP.

Raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Joe Bihari is considered one of the pioneers of the music industry. Bihari has discovered and produced great musical icons such as B.B. King, Ike and Tina Turner, John Lee Hooker, Etta James and many other classic artists. Though blues and R&B were Bihari’s main musical genres, he also recorded a variety of others including rock and roll, swing and Zydeco. Bihari’s most well-known record labels have included Modern, RPM, Flair and Crown. In 2006, Bihari was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. He currently runs Modern Music Publishing Company and resides in Los Angeles, California.

Acclaimed author John Broven has published books such as Rhythm & Blues in New Orleans and South to Louisiana: the Music of the Cajun Bayous and has contributed to publications including Blues Unlimited, Melody Maker and Juke Blues Magazine. In 2003, he compiled and produced Ace Records’ 50th anniversary tribute double-CD.  Broven left Ace Records to finish Record Makers and Breakers: Voices of the Independent Rock ‘n’ Roll Pioneers. Broven is also an inducted member of the Louisiana Hall of Fame and an honorary member of the Louisiana Music Commission.

This event is part of the series From Songwriters to Soundmen: The People Behind the Hits, a groundbreaking Rock Hall program that shines the spotlight on the people whose contributions to the rock and roll art form are often as powerful as those of the artists themselves.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has FREE educational offerings year round. Additional adult education programs include Teachers Rock, which shows educators how to bring rock and roll music into their classrooms and Rock and Roll Night School, which gives interested adults the opportunity to expand their rock and roll-related knowledge.

For more information about these and other Rock Hall educational programs, visit

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is a 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, 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 or visit  The Museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.