Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

The Florence + the Machine concert that I attended week before last was near Cleveland, Ohio. Since we needed something else to do that day while waiting for the show, my friend Nikki and I decided to visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Although my music tastes are varied, rock is one of my absolute favorite genres. We just couldn't pass up this opportunity to see so much rock history in one place! Below are some photos from the trip.

The front of the building. The entirety of it is pyramid shaped, but it's so large that I couldn't fit it all in the shot.
Guns N' Roses Display. Slash's hat was the coolest part, in my opinion.
John Lennon's outfit from the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album. It was even greener in person.
Lyrics to Bob Dylan's The Times They Are A-Changin', alongside his harmonica. This was included in the "Louder than Words" display focusing on music and politics, but I always connect it to that scene in "Anchorman" where Ron Burgundy has clearly never heard this song.
Another display from "Louder than Words." I don't remember whose jacket this was, but the button definitely caught my attention.
Last but not least, Lady Gaga's meat dress. Apparently the dress was made into jerky for this display - you know, because meat doesn't keep too long out in the open - and painted red to reflect its original state. This was definitely the strangest display in the entire building.

We saw many, many more things in the Hall of Fame - a very old juke box that consisted entirely of Elvis Presley songs, Kurt Cobain's guitar, visual artwork by Jimi Hendrix, and the evolution of music listening devices. I made the joke to Nikki that one day they'd have an iPod displayed and people would be mesmerized by how primitive our technology was...then I saw the iPod in the display. Awkward. Perhaps we missed it, but I did not see anything from Queen in the Hall of Fame, which was strange to me and a bummer because I really enjoy their music. Maybe next time.

Regardless, it was a blast to visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. More than any other genre, I feel that rock is timeless; an oldies rock song can electrify you, just as much as a protest songs from the 60s, just as much as one from the grunge era, just as much as one on the radio today. That capacity is magical.

Have you been to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Hipsters? If so, what was your favorite exhibit?

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  1. I love that Gaga's dress is now jerky! What a cool place to visit!




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