Jim knows the musicians, history, and song lyrics of every band past and present. My knowledge is more like Beatles, Rolling Stones, Monkees (the latter of which has yet to be inducted). But we both really enjoyed what was our second trip to the Rock Hall.
I seldom remember watching American Bandstand as a kid, but there was a great 30-minute movie of Dick Clarke introducing nearly every band known to man, followed by a snippet of each band's music. Very well done.
Also great were the photos of the late Herb Ritts, a still photographer known for his "anti glamour" black and white shots, and who later directed music videos and TV commercials. His first photos that garnered attention were of friend Richard Gere when Gere was an aspiring actor. Ritts went on to shoot Michael Jackson, Elton John, Cher, Diana Ross, and other music icons. Per the display, Ritt's first music video was for Madonna, who talked him into directing because she loved his stills.
Great museum. Pictures can't do it justice. Don't miss it when you get to Cleveland.
|Front of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Per the museum, Cleveland DJ Alan Freed coined the term "rock and roll" in 1951 and put together the first rock and roll concert in 1952.|
|The Rock Hall as seen from behind the museum from the shore of Lake Erie. The museum was designed by architect I.M. Pei, who has designed buildings for cities all over the world.|
|From top left going clockwise, onstage clothing by Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Keith Richards, and Katy Perry.|
|Madonna portraits taken by Herb Ritts.|
|Part of an exhibit about exactly what it says at the top of the pic.|
|The Beatles exhibit included a video wall of interviews and music from their albums.|
|Another exhibit about people and organizations who have protested rock and roll and/or its singers and lyrics over the years. Guess it seemed like a good idea at the time, Tipper Gore.|
|Janis Joplin paid $3,500 for this 1965 Porsche and had it customer painted. It was stolen while she was playing a gig in Sand Francisco; when recovered it was partially painted over with primer. Joplin had it restored.|