Ready to rock ‘n’ roll?

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Rock ‘n’ roll has had a huge impact on world culture.  From setting the trends for pop music to influencing fashion, rock ‘n’ roll has touched generations around the world. In 1983, recognizing that impact, Ahmet Ertegun, co-founder and chairman of Atlantic Records, formed the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation.  Each year since 1986, it has recognized performers, songwriters, producers, record executives, and journalists who were a major influence on rock ‘n’ roll.  The first class of inductees included early musicians Chuck Berry, Sam Cooke, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, and disc jockey Alan Freed, who is credited with coining the phrase “rock & roll.” A performer is eligible for nomination 25 years after the release of their first commercial album or single recording and must have made a “significant impact on the development, evolution and preservation of rock & roll.”

The most recent Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees were announced earlier this month and are the result of extensive voting; ballots were sent to over 1000 music industry members, artists and all living inductees.  Fans also vote.  This year’s inductees are The Cure, Def Leppard, Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks (solo), Radiohead, Roxy Music and The Zombies.

A visit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH brings music’s impact, and the artists who created the music, to life. The museum, designed by internationally renowned architect I.M. Pei, opened in 1995, and along with exhibits on performers and music, includes a music stage for concerts, an extensive collection of materials relating to the history of rock and roll, and gift shop. It also supports many educational programs to help people understand the impact of rock ‘n’ roll music on our world.

The Fauquier County Library has many books on performers already in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, including:

Black and White photo of Stevie NicksDark Star: The Roy Orbison Story by Ellis Amburn
Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke by Peter Guralnick
Gold Dust Woman: The Biography of Stevie Nicks by Stephen Davis
Homeward Bound: The Life of Paul Simon by Peter Ames Carlin
Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story by Rick Bragg
Michael Jackson: The Magic, the Madness, the Whole Story, 1958-2009 by J. Randy Taraborrelli
Paul McCartney: The Life by Philip Norman
Queen: Album by Album by Martin Popoff
Slowhand: The Life and Music of Eric Clapton by Philip Norman
So Many Roads: The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead by David Browne

Vicky Ginther, Reference Librarian, Fauquier County Public Library

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