Starting in the 1970s, Jeff Rusnak was a fixture in the pits of rock clubs and concert halls.
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Rusnak snapped hundreds of thousands of images. His deep love of music permeated his life, from playing bass in local indie rock band Fünkaphobia, to his cat Fripp, named after King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp. He was the longtime counter manager of the Princeton Record Exchange and attended live music events nearly every night of his adult life. A massive fan of punk, progressive and alternative rock, he captured many iconic artists early in their careers, both onstage and off. The photos in this collection represent his passion – a life filled with music and musicians, from Yes in the 1970s to the Flaming Lips in the 2010s. When Jeff passed away in 2016, his family generously provided this photo collection to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to ensure it would be preserved and shared with future generations.
This limited-time exhibit located in the Rock Hall’s main exhibit hall will feature twenty-one framed prints, as well as two digital screens with rotating photos from the extensive collection. Rusnak’s camera used to shoot these iconic images will also be on display.