Saturday, June 28, 2008

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - Day 2

If you are going to make a trip to Cleveland to see the Rock Hall, you must give yourself two days to see it.  On day 2, we went to the second floor to see a small exhibit on soul music which fetured artifacts from Otis Redding.  The next exhibt titled Architects of Rock and Roll featuring Les Paul, Alan Freed and Sam Phillips.  After the payola scandals Alan Freed died in 1965 at the age of 43.  I wonder if he had lived if he could have made a comeback in the radio business.  The second floor also featured an interesting exhibit on Rolling Stone Magazine.  In a corner (we almost missed it) there were wall plaques honoring Bo Diddley and Mike Smith of the Dave Clark Five who recently passed away.  Up to the third floor where there was a multimedia production lasting about an hour that combined film footage, music and interviews of the inductees by the year of their induction.

On level four there were the Hall of Fame Inductee Jukeboxes.  You can ask for the Rolling Stones and then hear any or all of their songs from single or album releases.  We could only spend so much time time there.  I can listen to music at home any time that I want to.

From there we return to the ground floor to review in detail some of the artificacts we saw the first day.  We also saw the first day of Mike McCartney's (Paul's brother) photography exhibit from Liverpool  in the 1960s.  Back then Mike was know as Mike McGear as he was part of  a group called the Scaffold which charted with "Thank You Very Much."

Vacations are very short and when you return home it is back to reality.  When you are on vacation, you should enjoy activities not available to you at home.  There was a computer in the lobby of our hotel, but I just stopped by for a 10 or 15 minute e-mail check.  What is the sense of spending hours surfing the web on vacation, when you can do it at home.

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