Travels with Tucker

Travels with Tucker

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame

A short drive from Niagara Falls takes us to Cleveland.  Not sure why, but everyone we've told that we are going to Cleveland goes "Cleveland?!" like they thought we said we were going to eat a live cockroach or something. (BTW, did you read about that guy who died recently after eating dozens of live cockroaches in some gross eating contest?  Who would have thought that that would have turned out badly?).  But, of course, Cleveland is inexplicably the home of the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame (RRHoF) and definitely one of my bucket list places.   After searching in vain for a campground near Cleveland, we found out that we could stay in the parking lot next to the Cleveland Browns stadium, which is right next to the RRHoF.  It is also next to the Cleveland docks and various dingy waterfront toxic waste sites, so not the most scenic place we've ever camped, but we did have a great view of the downtown buildings.

We couldn't take pictures in most of the RRHoF itself, so we don't have much to show, but I'll try to hit some random highlights.  Various listening stations where you can hear artists from the entire history of R&R; interactive displays that trace the influences of artists on each other (Nirvana was influenced by the Kinks who were influenced by Jerry Lee Louis who was influenced by Lead Belly). A Beatles video compilation that focused on each of their albums with audio clips and pictures from the actual recording sessions.  A fabulous Rolling Stones video with clips strung together of 50 years (!!!) of live performances.   Literally hundreds of guitars played by everyone imaginable.  Dresses worn by the Supremes.  It went on for five levels, concluding with a special exhibit of the Grateful Dead (one of my favorites).   There were some rough edges on a few exhibits (notably the one for the actual HoF inductees), but overall it was a great experience for anyone whose life has been touched by rock and roll (like most of us!)


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