Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Archives Opens to the Public
From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
Books about everyone from the Beatles to Jimi Hendrix to Elvis Presley line row after row of shelves.
“When it comes to, say, the Beatles, I wouldn’t be surprised if our collection is the deepest among all public libraries in the country,” said Andy Leach, director of the facility.
There are eight full-time employees on staff.
“We’re going to be the leading research center for anything related to American popular music, with rock ‘n’ roll as the focus,” Leach said.
You’ll also find songbooks, dissertations and dozens of music periodicals, ranging from the headbanging magazine Kerrang! to the scholarly journal Ethnomusicology. Computer terminals provide access to audio-visual holdings.
Patrons won’t be able to check out items, although they’re welcome to peruse materials in the main reading room, an inviting space with large windows. Select artifacts from the Rock Hall are on display, too. Among the items currently on view are vintage electric guitars from Les Paul and Joe Walsh.
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