Stories of Rock

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Rock & Politics: Elvis is Drafted

Elvis Presley was at a career high when he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1958 and shipped off to Friedberg, Germany.

Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll: "California Dreamin'"

The Mamas and the Papas
The strong melody and evocative lyrics of "California Dreamin'" epitomized 1966 folk rock.

Protest Songs: The Message

In a few stark, eloquent verses, Edwin Fletcher sketched out the city that the hip-hop kids came home to when the clubs and the block parties were over.

Celebrating the Life of Otis Redding

Otis Redding
Otis Redding’s life and music embodied the essence of soul. He was a self-professed country boy from Macon, Georgia, and he had it all: a big, gravelly voice, an immense gift for songwriting and a generous, hardworking disposition.

From the Chandelier to the Rock Hall: Sia Goes On Display

Several items from Sia's 2014 U.S. breakthrough hit, “Chandelier,” are now on display in Right Here, Right Now.

Revolution Summer Girl Style Now

Girls to the Front CROP
We preview our August 30 event with author Sara Marcus with an excerpt from her book, Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution.

Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll: "I Walk the Line"

Johnny Cash
"I Walk The Line" shifted Johnny Cash's young country-music career into high gear in 1956.

Guitars, Politics, and Spotify Playlists: An interview with Holy White Hounds' Brenton Dean

Holy White Hounds
A special interview with Brenton Dean in advance of the Holy White Hounds' Sonic Sessions concert on August 23.