The ‘60’s and ‘70’s was a unique period in this country – captured in its politics, war, art, resistance, culture, and arguably most notably, its music. This renaissance in music during this time (and beyond!) is captured at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Rock and roll hardly dried up after the ‘70’s, so there is LOTS to hear and see. New inductees (typically 5-7) are added every year. In order to be inducted, you have to have been voted in by a group of about 600 industry-related voters. Eligibility for induction happens 25 years after an artists’ first recording. The inductee list over the years reads like a who’s who. Well, it IS a who’s who!
And of course the real testament for success was to find yourself on the cover of Rolling Stone (magazine).
There is a rich history in the development of recording equipment, from Thomas Edison in 1877 producing the first recording of a human voice, to the development of musical instruments such as the Les Paul guitars, and all the other associated improvements over the years.
In direct contrast, the hall also houses Sirius/XM’s classic rock station – broadcasting right from inside the Hall of Fame.
Situated in downtown Cleveland, OH, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tries to capture the essence of this tidal wave of music. This hall could easily be five times its’ size and still not capture all that should be commemorated from rock ‘n roll.
There is no entrance fee to the hall, but you will need to pay for parking. Car parking is around $5-10, and if you come like me in an RV, you can expect to pay $30-40, although you will be a short walk to the hall.
This is a totally cool thing to do – expect to spend about 3-4 hours. If you are passing through Cleveland this is a no-brainer. Rock on, Garth. Schwing.