MTV premiered R.E.M.’s first music video in the summer of 1981. On Nov. 24, the network will release REMTV, a six-DVD set that includes live performances, television interviews, and a new documentary.
Celebrate American Archives Month in October with Us!
For American Archives Month we have put together a couple of spotlight exhibits of materials from our archival collections. These cases are available to view and read more about at the Library and Archives in the Archives Reading Room.
The first spotlight case celebrates 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee Lou Reed. Reed was inducted in 1996 as part of the Velvet Underground and is currently nominated as a solo artist. This year will mark one year since his death on October 27, 2013. This case highlights Reed’s Cleveland performances in the 1970s and 1980s and includes images from the Cleveland Scene Photographs collection — not yet available to the public! Come get a sneak peek!
The second spotlight case focuses on what Rolling Stone magazine recently called pop music’s biggest year: 1984. Four of the major artists from that year are featured in this case: Prince, Madonna, R.E.M., and Bruce Springsteen.
The Library and Archives is free and open to the public:
Monday - Wednesday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 1:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
We’re located on the Cuyahoga Community College Metro campus in the Center for Creative Arts at 2809 Woodland Ave, Cleveland, Ohio.
Stop by to see us soon!
Born Today: Tom Dowd
Thomas John Dowd (October 20, 1925 – October 27, 2002) was an American recording engineer and producer for Atlantic Records, credited with innovating the multi-track recording method. Dowd manned the board for recordings by legendary jazz musicians (Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, Thelonius Monk), rhythm & blues acts (Drifters, Coasters, Ruth Brown), soul singers (Ray Charles, Big Joe Turner, Otis Redding, Sam and Dave) and rock acts (Cream, Rascals). Along the way, he transitioned from engineer to producer, working with Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, the Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd and others in the 1970s. Learn more about this 2012 inductee at the Library and Archives.
Audio clip: Tom Dowd in an unidentified radio interview, discussing his work with Cream, undated. From the John Platt Collection.
Happy Birthday, Tom Petty!
Thomas Earl “Tom" Petty (b. October 20, 1950) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He is best known as the lead vocalist of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, but is also known as a member and co-founder of the late 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys. Learn more about this 2002 inductee at the Library and Archives.
Audio clip: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, “American Girl,” recorded in Boston, MA, on July 16, 1978. From the Frederick S. Boros Collection.
Cast your vote for the nominees you believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a fans’ ballot that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2015 inductees.
Music Masters Events: Understanding the Everly Brothers’ Legacy
When: Monday, Monday, October 20 1:00-1:45 pm EST
Audience: This program is appropriate for middle and high school students.
Join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s award-winning education team for a special Google+ online class on the musical legacy of the Everly Brothers – 1986 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees and this year’s annual Music Masters honorees. Learn how Don and Phil Everly became the leading duo of rock and roll, transforming the country sounds of their childhood into rich harmonies and perfectly crafted songs that crossed over from country to pop and even R&B in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The class will also connect the legacy of the Everly Brothers to bands and artists on the radio today. Continue to check the Google+ page for resources to continue the conversation in your classroom – infographics, video demonstrations, lesson plans, and other materials that you can only find at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
19th Annual Music Masters Begins!
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Case Western Reserve University will honor rock and roll pioneers the Everly Brothers during the 19th Annual Music Masters® series this October. Don and Phil Everly were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a part of the first class of inductees in 1986. Two-time Grammy Award winner Rodney Crowell will serve as musical director for the tribute concert, which will take place on Saturday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m. at PlayhouseSquare’s State Theatre. Tribute concert artists will be announced in the coming months.