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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will open Austin City Limits exhibit

Producer Terry Lickona will unveil the exhibit and share an inside look at 35 years of groundbreaking artist interviews

CLEVELAND (March 23, 2010) - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has opened a Great Music. No Limits. Celebrating 35 Years of Austin City Limits exhibit in the Ahmet M. Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall. On Wednesday, April 14, at 7 p.m., Austin City Limits producer Terry Lickona will visit the Rock Hall for a special unveiling of the exhibit and for an interview with Dr. Lauren Onkey, vice president of education and public programs at the Rock Hall.  Lickona will be joined by Scott Newton, Austin City Limits' house photographer who will show some of his photography

The interview 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. Questions will be taken from the audience at the end of the interview. Please email or call (216) 515-8426 to RSVP.

Inspired by the music scene that continues to thrive in Austin, ACL has presented viewing audiences with live concerts from many of the world's most acclaimed, accomplished and pioneering talent since 1974. At the same time the show has represented Austin to the nation and the world, laying the foundation for Austin's reputation as the Live Music Capital. Under the leadership of Terry Lickona, who became the show's producer during its fourth season, Austin City Limits has evolved and expanded its musical menu.

"Austin City Limits represents one of the most unique archives of modern American music," said Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum President and CEO Terry Stewart. "It shares with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame  the mission of collecting, preserving and interpreting the rock and roll story and educating fans about the cultural significance of this art form."

The Great Music. No Limits. Celebrating 35 Years of Austin City Limits exhibit shows the wide range of artists who have appeared on ACL in the last 35 years. Numerous Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees are represented through Austin-based freelance photographer Scott Newton's images, including B.B. King, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Charles, John Fogerty and Robert Plant. Country artists like the Dixie Chicks, Dolly Parton and Kenny Chesney are also represented, as are such contemporary acts as Arcade Fire, Coldplay, Wilco, the Flaming Lips and the Dave Matthews Band.

The exhibit also includes numerous artifacts related to the show's history, including three documents from 1974 outlining plans for ACL. There are also set lists from shows by Leonard Cohen, Ray Davies, Wilco and Pearl Jam, as well as contracts for appearances by Van Morrison, Robert Plant and Willie Nelson. The exhibit also includes an Austin City Limits sign. The show was named by Paul Bosner, the original producer, who made weekly trips from Dallas to Austin and was inspired by the city-limit sign he would pass on his trips.

In addition to the Museum's exhibit, the Rock Hall recently designated both the Austin City Limits' KLRU-TV studio and the groundbreaking series an official rock and roll landmark in honor of the show's 35th anniversary.

About Austin City Limits

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS: "Great Music. No Limits." Now the longest-running music series in American television history, ACL showcases popular music legends and innovators from every genre. In addition to being honored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum as a rock and roll landmark, AUSTIN CITY LIMITS is the only television program to ever receive the National Medal of Arts, the nation's highest award for artistic excellence, and was recently selected as a Rock and Roll Landmark by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Broadcast in high-definition and 5.1-surround sound, the show is produced by KLRU-TV and airs on PBS stations nationwide. Funding for Austin City Limits is provided in part by AMD, Budweiser and the Austin Convention Center Department.  Additional funding provided by the Friends of Austin City Limits.

About Terry Lickona

Since 1978, Terry Lickona has been the producer of Austin City Limits.

Now celebrating 35 years on public television, ACL is the longest-running popular music series in American television history. In 2003, ACL was awarded the National Medal of Arts, the nation's highest honor for artistic excellence, by the President of the United States. In 2009, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum honored both the studio where ACL is produced and the series itself as a "historic rock and roll landmark."  In addition to ACL, Terry has produced many other specials and series for public television, cable, domestic and foreign syndication, home video, and DVD - approximately 1,000 programs, with artists ranging from legends like Ray Charles and Johnny Cash to Juanes, Coldplay and Neil Young to Dave Matthews Band, Dixie Chicks, Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters.  October 2009 marked the 8th anniversary of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, featuring over 150 bands and attracting a sold-out crowd of over 200,000 fans, making it one of the most successful festivals of its kind in the country.

Terry served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences from 2005-2007, Chair Emeritus from 2007-2009, was a founding member of the Texas Chapter of The Recording Academy and continues to serve as co-chair of the Television Committee overseeing the Grammy Awards Show on CBS-TV.  He is also Vice Chairman of the Latin Recording Academy, based in Miami, Florida.  A native of Poughkeepsie, New York, Terry has lived in Austin, Texas since 1974.

About Scott Newton

Scott Newton has been the house photographer for Austin City Limits for 31 of the show's 35 years, capturing some of the world's finest musicians on film, (and later with digital photography), for posterity. His work has been published on numerous record/cd album covers, and in many magazines and books, including four books illustrated entirely by his work: three about Austin City Limits, the two most recent being Austin City Limits-25 years of American Music, and the forthcoming Austin City Limits--35 Years in Photographs.  His work entirely illustrates the republished version of The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock.  He has also worked extensively as a freelance photographer, shooting not only music, but also politics.

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 <> .  The Museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.