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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

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by Thomas Agrusti (subscribe)
Life isn't pointless. You just have to sharpen it a little bit.
Published July 12th 2013
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
You can't help but be excited

Museums always proclaim that they can "take you back to when dinosaurs roamed the earth" or " lead you across the bottom of the ocean to parts unknown." It is very rare when a museum can "take you back to when Zeppelin roamed the earth," or "stage dive onto an ocean of fans to carry you to parts unknown…or just right back to the stage to finish the show."

However, lo and behold, there is a place. In Cleveland, Ohio, a person can find The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This museum boasts a wide collection of memorabilia and exhibits to entertain the Beatle Maniac or Dead-Head in you (because we both know they're still in there).

The Primary museum will lead you through two types of exhibits: dedicated and generational. The dedicated exhibits will be areas focusing on one person or group who was instrumental (no pun intended) to the evolution of Rock and Roll. Filling these places, you'll find the couch that Jimi Hendrix practised on, outfits worn by members of the Rolling Stones, or a small example of the near infinite array of Beatles merchandise. The Generational exhibits focus more on topics throughout Rock history. One such exhibit pays homage to the controversy that surrounded Rock and Roll for "being The Devil's music" and "corrupting our precious youth," as well as the artists' retorts to such claims.

The Primary museum is on the ground floor. Traveling up the pyramid will lead you through even more music history, such as showing you the evolution of recorded music, or the creation of the now common place "Music Video". Other areas of the museum change throughout the year, being dedicated to Pink Floyd's "The Wall" for some time before changing shape and color to sport "The Dancing Bears" for a Grateful Dead month.

You final stop in the museum (save for the gift shop) will be through the museum's namesake. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is populated by artists who have played louder, sang higher, and changed lives more than any other group in history. You can sit in the theatre and watch their full catalog, outlining everyone accepted into the Hall, then take a slow walk through the Hall of Fame itself. Here, you will find the signatures of every member of every band entered into history.

Once you're done, head back to your hotel, crank it up to 11, and rock out like it's 1969. Live long, and rock hard!
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When: Open 7 days
Where: 1100 E 9th St, Cleveland, OH 44114, United States
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