When the Rolling Stones sang those words, millions of people sang along. Our collective love of the best music ever produced, capturing the spirit and the values of an entire generation and birthed The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, opening in 1995 on the shore of Lake Erie in Cleveland OH. It’s someplace I’ve ALWAYS wanted to visit, so off we went, directly from Niagara Falls, as one of the several stops we made on our honeymoon.
The building is part art, part function and all about the music! The angular shapes certainly make a distinctive landmark. Standing alone, there’s actually no parking but about a block away public parking is provided, which I thought was odd for an attraction of this type.
Yet, once inside, the long walk in the brisk, fall weather was worth it.
Janice and her Mer-cedes-Benz…
It turns out, Janice Joplin may have wanted a Benz, but her ride of choice was a psychedelic Porsche. Her car was donated after her death and it’s here at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for everyone to enjoy. It’s right there in the lobby and no… you can’t take it for a spin.
After you get past the lobby, you can tour some of the exhibits which consist of both personal artifacts as well as instruments, letters, magazine articles and movies highlighting the rich history of our past.
The Excitement of The Past
One of my own favorite bands was Quicksilver Messenger Service who’s lead guitarist John Cipollina was a legend to many of us. This is his guitar set up which he developed on his own to create his own very distinctive sound.
Unfortunately, John died at the age of 45 and Quicksilver was never the same. But left for us his greatest gift: his music that will live in the hearts, minds and circulate on the internet forever and ever.
And what about Janice? She too has been memorialized in commercials, jingles and all of what she considered “establishment” when she was alive. Yet, even today when her music enters my space, I snap back to the 1970’s where I first discovered her incredible talent.
John and Janice, you are honored big time at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and now part of my very soul. Your music will live forever in the hearts and minds of many generations to come.
Wish This Was Yours?
Me too. Wearing a rock icon is too much excitement for me, but you can probably get on at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame gift shop. Wow, love this jacket!
A Bucket List Item Fulfilled
For me, this was one of the places I wanted to visit and experience before I left this world for that great Camera Obscura in the sky, so I was delighted to share this with my new bride and loved the fun we had, the reminiscing we did about where we were, what we were doing, when the songs of our lives played on. If you love history and you love Rock and Roll, find a way to spend an afternoon at this amazing place. For a guy my age, having grown up in the 60’s and 70’s, this is like a monument to my most revered and cherished music heroes.
Classic Vinyl – SiriusXM Studios
Day and Day out, I tune to one of my favorite radio shows in the sky. Lots of great Classic Rock 24/7 and at the end of most intros, the words I hear are “Broadcast Live from the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland, OH from our studio at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Here it is, the origin of my listening pleasure. Unfortunately, no one was actually broadcasting live that day, but I enjoyed seeing the SiriusXM Classic Vinyl studio all the same.
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