Rock and Roll Hall of FameIntroductionThe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum exists to gather and conserve artifactsrelated to rock and roll, as well as interpret the impact rock has had on the world.Therefore, it houses the history of rock and roll with the largest collection of rock androll artifacts in the world. To this end, it preserves the story of influential and well-known artists, producers and technicians who have contributed to the rock and rollmusic industry.It is dedicated to archiving the history of some of the best-known and most influentialartists, producers, engineers and others who have in some major way, influenced themusic industry. The Hall of Fame and Museum educate not only fans but scholars aswell. The world class museum and library are an integral part of the program. It islocated on the shore of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, in the redevelopedNorth Coast Harbor district.HistoryThe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame began more than 30 years ago when Atlantic Recordsfounder, Turkish born Ahmet Ertegun, together with attorneys Allen Grubman andSuzan Evans; Jann S. Wenner, editor and publisher of Rolling Stone magazine andrecord executives, Seymour Stein, Bob Krasnow and Noreen Woods created the Rockand Roll Hall of Fame Foundation on April 20, 1983. They began with a search for ahome and after considering and visiting such cities such as Memphis, New Orleans,Cincinnati, Detroit, New York and Philadelphia, they settled on Cleveland.
The newspaper, USA Today, had conducted a poll asking the public where the Hall ofFame and Museum should be located. Cleveland won. The committee had settled onNew York in a brownstone they wanted to purchase as well as a separate archive,library and museum. While other offers came in, Cleveland was the only to presentplans for a large museum. In addition, they lobbied by citing their ties to rock and rollshown in such events as Cleveland’s DJ Alan Freed coining the term “rock and roll”and the fact the first major rock and roll concert, the Moondog Coronation Ball, hadbeen held there. Finally, Cleveland civic leaders pledged $65 million of public funds tofinance the construction. Their offer was accepted in May 1986. However, the firstinduction gala took place at the New York Waldorf Astoria on January 1986.
Once the place had been chosen, the search for an architect to design the buildingbegan. In 1987, the world-renowned architect I.M. Pei was chosen. But, he had a lot tolearn. The committee took him to concerts and to the music cities. He finally decidedthat rock and roll was about energy and accepted the offer. His idea was to have atower with a glass pyramid inserted in it. Work actually began on June 7, 1993. Notonly did the architect and committee members turn out for the ceremony, but rock androllers from around the globe were present. Among them were Pete Townshend,Chuck Berry, Billy Joel, Sam Phillips, Ruth Brown, Sam Moore of Sam and Dave,Carl Gardner of the Coasters and Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum.