Rock Hall Celebrates Women’s History Month

CLEVELAND (March 1, 2018) – Women continue to be trailblazers and engines of creation and change in the world of rock and roll.

This March, in celebration of Women’s History Month, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will celebrate the achievements of some of music’s most notable female rockers. Visitors can enjoy an Author Series, film screenings, themed Stories of Rock, curated Museum playlists and learn more about women who rock through the Rock Hall’s exhibits.

The lineup for the month includes:

Thurs., March 1, 7 p.m. (Doors @ 6:30 p.m.) @ Rock Hall’s Library & Archives, 2809 Woodland Ave.
Author Series with Ann Powers

Fascinating… readers won’t look at Lady Gaga or Nicki Minaj the same way.” (Kirkus)

The Rock Hall’s Library & Archives welcomes Ann Powers as the next speaker in its Author Series. Powers will discuss her book Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black & White, Body and Soul in American Music. Members of the audience will be able to engage with the author in a Q&A session, as well as purchase copies of the book for signing. In Good Booty, Powers explores how popular music became America’s primary erotic art form. She takes readers from nineteenth-century New Orleans through dance-crazed Jazz Age New York to the teen scream years of mid-twentieth-century rock and roll and the cutting-edge adventures of today’s viral pop stars. Powers is NPR Music’s critic and correspondent and one of the nation’s leading music writers.

Wed., March 7, 7 p.m. @ Rock Hall’s Foster Theater
Rock Hall Film Series: Lady Gaga - Five Foot Two.

"A raw, unfiltered examination of an artist in her element." - Entertainment Weekly

Follow pop provocateur Lady Gaga as she releases a new album, preps for her Super Bowl halftime show, and confronts physical and emotional struggles. Trailer available here.

Complement your screening with the following exhibits: Right Here, Right Now, Legends of Rock and Cities & Sounds.

Tickets are FREE for Rock Hall members and $5.50 for the public. Tickets are available at There is an eight-ticket limit per transaction

Wed., March 21, 7 p.m. @ Rock Hall’s Foster Theater
Rock Hall Film Series: What Happened, Miss Simone?

"An often electric, bracingly urgent documentary" - The New York Times

Using never-before-heard recordings, rare archival footage and her best-known songs, this is the story of legendary singer, activist and 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Nina Simone. Trailer available here. Film courtesy of Eagle Rock Entertainment.

Complement your screening with the following exhibits: The Early Influences, Don’t Knock the Rock, and those who have cited Simone as important for their own musical upbringing including David Bowie (Legends of Rock), Janis Joplin (Cities & Sounds / San Francisco), and John Lennon (The Beatles / “I Put a Spell on You” was a source of inspiration for their song “Michelle”).

Tickets are FREE for Rock Hall members and $5.50 for the public. Tickets are available at There is an eight-ticket limit per transaction.

The Rock Hall’s in museum playlist “Mixtape” will also celebrate female inductees and past nominees, highlighting a variety of styles from R&B to punk, singer-songwriter to psychedelic rock, dance to rockabilly, and more, with over 700 songs spanning nearly a century. A sampling of the inductee selections is available on Spotify here. Feel free to follow and share the playlist widely!

Visit for a complete Stories of Rock schedule during March.

Women played a central role in the development of the rock-and-roll genre, beginning with early blues artists, like Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith. Spirited rhythm-and-blues singers – such as Ruth Brown, LaVern Baker and rockabilly guess Wanda Jackson – added their creative talents to popular music through its explosive growth in the ‘50s. Girl groups, like the Shirelles and Supremes, dominated the charts in the early ‘60s while Janis Joplin, Grace Slick and Joni Mitchell carried the torch into the ‘70s. Today, music is ruled by women from Lady Gaga to Alicia Keys, Rihanna to Taylor Swift and more.

To learn more about 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, click here.

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