A Rich Rock History

A Rich Rock History

Loudly and Proudly, Cleveland is the Birthplace of Rock and Roll

The name Rock and Roll was coined in Cleveland. And ever since, Cleveland has earned the title of Rock and Roll capital of the world.

Not your typical museum: The glass-enclosed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a hip-shaking, rule-breaking reminder of why Cleveland is the birthplace for this world famous music. Memorabilia immortalizes the radio DJs and recording artists who invented the genre — including plenty from the Forest City (that’s Cleveland, BTW). Plus, there are plenty of nods to inductees who first broke out of Cleveland like Springsteen, Bowie and Rush. And like rock and roll itself, the multi-level museum keeps on evolving. A new exhibit, “Louder than Words: Rock, Power, and Politics,” opens May 20. As its name implies, the installation traces how rock both changed and informed cultural attitudes about war, peace, equality and freedom. Meanwhile, the displays honoring this year’s talented class of new Hall of Famers — including Deep Purple, N.W.A., Chicago, Steve Miller, and (about time!) Cheap Trick — are a multimedia bonanza featuring interactive content and exclusive interviews.

Pro Tip: Check out Rock Box, colorful, seven-piece speaker sets stationed along East 9th St. that will periodically blast tunes from Rock Hall inductees.

Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
From the moment Rock and Roll hit the airwaves, it has played a crucial role in politics and social movements around the world. From John Lennon’s guitar used on “Give Peace a Chance” to Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A. album cover outfit, “Louder Than Words” uses video, multimedia, photographs, periodicals, and artifacts to explore how artists exercise their First Amendment rights, challenge assumptions and beliefs, stimulate thought and effect change.