A “Rockin’” Good Time
© Becky Linhardt 2012
Spaceship, architectural fantasy, or maybe just plain crazy – what you think about the free-form style of the building itself is not important. It’s the freedom of musical expesssion inside that matters for many of the Rock and Roll icons that are inducted into the Hall of Fame have struggled to find acceptance for their particular style of music. Fans, young musicians and even successful musical artists find inspiration within the exhibitions displayed in the unique multi-story structure on Cleveland’s beautiful lakefront.
Music is an ever evolving medium and Rock and Roll is always pushing the limits so each year the Hall of Fame updates the museum exhibitions with a unique look at some aspect of the Rock and Roll scene. This year the special exhibition is Grateful Dead: The Long, Strange Trip. It opened during Induction Week in April and will run through December.
If you haven’t visited in awhile, you will find even more to enjoy. Recently a new Beatles Exhibition with nearly 70 artifacts, many new to view, was installed. The real treat for me was the film and video footage shown on a nearby large flat screen. Organized by albums, it included clips of recording sessions, interviews with the Beatles about the music or the creative process for the recording sessions or their films.
A few of my “how did they think of that” questions were finally answered and I found I had answers to some questions I did not think about before regarding their creativity, the energy of the four as a group, and sometimes individually.
Maybe they had always been there but this time I found kiosks on the lower level with interactive programs that allow you to trace back the roots of musical influences on the rock style of various performers and quotes about how they felt they were inspired by the music of those people. You are sure to have a few “Duh” and “Oh, Wow!” moments of revelation.
Guitars, costumes, video and film clips from performances – there is so much to see in the exhibition areas and in the auditoriums. Plan on hours, maybe days if you are a real Rock and Roll fan, to view the exhibitions – I find something new each time I visit.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum: 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44114 www.rockhall.com or 888-764-ROCK
For area attractions and accommodations: www.positivelycleveland.com or 800-321-1001