Rock Hall Is Opening A Library

The Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame is opening its archives to the public.  They have an extensive list of books including biographies and literary criticism, as well as audio and video recordings.  I like to bag on the Rock Hall, but the archives look pretty cool.

A biography of Joan Jett is one of the over 3,500 books on the shelves at the newly-opened Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Library and Archives in Cleveland.

Read more here…  or visit the Rock Hall archive site here.


4 Comments to “Rock Hall Is Opening A Library”

  1. Reading about Rock n’ Roll is almost as exciting as listening to it, but I wonder what the video gaming, Pop Idol inspired teens of today think? I was talking to an 18 year old co-worker the other day and he’d never heard of The Clash, Steely Dan, Earth Wind & Fire, The Ramones, and many other iconic bands and artists from the last 40 years. Yet he could tell me all the best tips on Call Of Duty, or Modern Warfare.

  2. I don’t have a lot of experience with teens, but I have noticed that at least some of them end up liking Nirvana. Hopefully from that point, they’ll learn about Kurt Cobain and how important he thought it was to pay homage to your influences. It’s weird for me to think of an 18-year-old who has never heard of The Clash or Ramones, at least. But I imagine most teens don’t listen to the radio so if none of their friends or relatives listen to anything good, I guess they’re not going to either.

    I remember when I was a teen recording episodes of 120 minutes, reading articles in Spin and other rock mags, and just picking random things in the record store and buying them. That was a very important part of my adolescence, so it would be sad to think that kids don’t do that anymore.

    I wonder what effect the decline of the record store has had on listening to music? Hmm. Perhaps a future blog post!

  3. Oh the tragic demise of the record store. Sadly I don’t think that age will ever come back. There’s no sense of ownership for today’s music consumer. I can remember treating Saturday afternoon’s almost like a religious journey as I sifted through vinyl records in any of the local record stores. In my home town (Wolverhampton UK) during the 80s there were 5 new record stores and 2 second hand. Now there’s just one of each.

    The excitement of getting my new vinyl record home, taking off the cellophane packaging to protect the vinyl sleeve, reading the liner notes, looking at the pictures and placing that piece of plastic on the deck and hearing the needle drop and waiting for that burst of life from the speakers. Happy times.

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