Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum (10/9/2013)

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum (7/22/2013)
Saturday, October 19, 2013
With Karen and Kathleen in town, we went to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
You start out in the lower level with an introductory film called Mystery Train. It was just MTV-like video snippets to the song of that title. There were guitar displays everywhere; here is Lead Belly's acoustic guitar:
The Roots of Rock and Roll were summarized in a few displays; first Rhythm and Blues with a Bo Diddley guitar, Sam Cooke camera, and Ray Charles glasses:
(I am just taking one token photo of each display.)
The Blues with Muddy Waters jacket and guitar:
Country, Folk and Bluegrass with a Hank Williams outfit:
Gospel with the Ward Singers gold-sequined top and Thomas Dorsey jacket and shoes:
The Elvis exhibit included his 1974 Fire suit:
There was a special exhibit of the collection of Julio Mario Santo Domingo, Jr. Here is the Japanese cabinet that belonged to John Lennon:
A 1949 AMI Model B jukebox:
The next displays were called Cities and Sounds; first Memphis with a Carl Perkins outfit:
Detroit with a Smokey Robinson outfit:
London with the Dave Clark Five Mike Smith's outfit:
San Francisco with Jefferson Airplane shoes, jacket, and guitar
Los Angeles with Mama Cass dress:
Soul Music with Al Green pants:
Heavy Metal Music with Alice Cooper boots:
Seattle with Alice in Chains claymation dolls:

The Legends of Rock and Roll must have changing exhibits, because not everyone listed in the guide was represented.
Parliament Funkadelic with George Clinton's atomic dog shoes:
Michael Jackson's belt:
Another small display called Rapper's Delight:
The Rolling Stones featured special stage light props for the Steel Wheels Tour:
The Beatles had a jacket from the Apple Boutique:
Jimi Hendrix displayed the family couch:
U2 with fancy boots:
The Doors had Jim Morrison's scout shirt:
Genesis with Steve Hackett's psaltrey:
The final display on the lower level was The Music of Cleveland and the Midwest, with Devo stuff:
An escalator takes you up to Level 2, bypassing Level 1 with the ticket counters and museum shop. There is an exhibit of the Architects of Rock and Roll, with the Leo Mintz Gallery showing the evolution of audio technology; a Zenith International Radio:
Radio disc jockey Alan Freed is credited with the term "Rock and Roll." His show sponsored several concerts with memorabilia:
An Alan Freed poster:

Les Paul "invented" the electric guitar, as well as experimental guitars like "The Rail:"
Up to Level 3 with the cafeteria, and ceremony highlights, film, and displays of the 2013 inductees.
A darkened curving hall displays signatures of the inductees:
Level 4 has Pink Floyd: The Wall:
Levels 5 & 6 hosted the special exhibition on the Rolling Stones:
An old rock star?
Karen, Tamiko, Kathleen:
The descending escalators direct you into the museum shop. We continued to the lower level to access the parking garage.
Cleveland Rock Critic Jane Scott:
A London nightclub awning:
On our way home we stopped in Little Italy for a bite to eat at the Algebra Tea House:
Handmade wood door:
Kathleen and Karen sitting at one of the hand-carved tables:

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