The Hall rocks

13 06 2009
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

I made my first trip to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame today and had a great time.  Some many many cool, interesting things I saw were:

One of John Lennon’s report cards from when he was 13.  Most of the hand-written notes were hard to read, but it stood out that his French teacher noted him to be “Childish and a chatterbox…”  Not surprisingly, he excelled in literature, Latin and art.

John’s Sgt. Pepper’s uniform.

James Jamerson’s double bass which, apparently, was used in recording many of Motown’s early hits.

George Harrison’s and John Lennon’s Rickenbacker guitars.

John Lennon’s leather jacket worn in Hamburg.  He’s wearing it in one of the most famous pictures of John,  the picture of him standing in an alley doorway, taken by Jurgen Vollmer.  It later was the cover shot for his “Rock and Roll” album.

Les Paul’s prototype guitars which evolved into the world-famous Les Paul model of Gibson and Epiphone.  The earliest guitar was nothing more than a 4 x 4 board with a door hinge for a bridge and 2 guitar strings.  Fascinating.

Many of Jimi Hendrix’s clothes/costumes.  More interesting were his childhood drawings and sketches: war scenes; kings and knights; PAC 10 football players.  Jimi was a pretty good drawer.

A letter from a law firm in Tupelo, MS to Vernon Presley, threatening suit against him for a $75.28 balance on a repossessed car.  Clearly this occurred before Elvis hit the big time.  He certainly would have (did!) bought his dad a car.  One of hundreds of cars Elvis bought for others is there, an early 1970’s Lincoln.

One of Buddy Holly’s outfits.

Michael Jackson’s jacket from the Thriller video.

Jim Morrison’s Cub Scout shirt.

Of course there were a lot of guitars and basses, stage costumes, handwritten lyrics, autographs and signatures, and photographs.  There are too many great things to mention let alone remember.  If you get a chance to see the Hall, go.  It’s a lot of fun and enjoyable.  I only wish I had had a little more time to look at the exhibits a bit closer.



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