Long Live Rock

I enjoyed the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame more than I expected.  I was expecting a typical museum, interesting but not exciting.  But there were so many interesting exhibits, including exhibits with sound and audio, and small theaters to watch the artists’ past performances, it made it all the more fun.

We spent about a half day there and I could have easily gone back the next day to go through it again.  There was so much information to absorb.  I already had a vague idea about the origins and and continuing evolution of rock, but they did a great job laying out rock’s history and how country, blues, and other genres laid the groundwork.  They also did a good job in showing how one artist or band influenced those that followed.  Also, one region of the United States would influence another which would influence England, for example, and then, in turn, affect music back in the United States.

They gave due credit to such “country” artists such as Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and even Jimmy Rogers and Hank Williams.  Blues/soul credit went to Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, James Brown, Marvin Gay, and many others.  Of course, Elvis (and others), got a tremendous amount of credit for bringing it all together and delivering the new sound to white audiences.

I could go on and on.  Click on each picture to see the caption.

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