Rock N’ Roll: Alive in Cleveland

Breigh Edmondson     

Staff Writer

   It’s a plane, there’s no bird, and it’s… a flying hot dog-mobile?

   The Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame, located along Lake Erie in Cleveland, Ohio, rocks the socks off any visitor that walks into the doors, young and old.

   Walking downtown Cleveland to the secluded building, once visitors reach the Hall of Fame, they hear a blast of sheer rock n’ roll music, ranging from Pink Floyd, to The Doors, and everywhere in between.

   Tickets cost 22 dollars for adults, according to the Hall of Fame’s information services desk, and tickets include a full tour of the museum’s six floors.

   According to the Hall of Fame website, a special exhibit on the sixth floor called “From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen” features classic guitars used by Springsteen, handwritten lyric sheets, and the butt-shot from his “Born in the USA” album cover.  

   Employees at the Hall of Fame said the exhibit would close Dec. 31 this year.

   Other exhibits include “500 songs that shaped rock n’ roll,” giving visitors a chance to listen to a jukebox with over 500 rock n’ roll songs varying from the 1920’s to the 1990’s.

   Space in the museum also featured that of Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison. Those and more specific showcases display drawings, costumes from “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” and even baby pictures of Hendrix, born in 1944.

   Walking through the museum, anyone looking at these exhibits gets a taste of what rockers were like in their time.

   Ranging from 1920’s folk, to emerging genre rockabilly in the 1940’s and 1950’s, it’s a history lesson for those who didn’t know how rock music came to be.
   Also featured in the Hall of Fame museum are an extended history of sound and the evolution of record players, to “iPod’s” in the 2000’s.

   Hours of operation for the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame is 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

   With spring break coming up for SC4 students, keep this in mind. It’s a great way to spend the day in downtown Cleveland, and if students are into rock, than the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame museum will surely rock your face off.

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