The official word: To kick off the week leading up to the 28th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on April 18, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will open its newest exhibit devoted to its latest class of inductees on Tuesday, April 16 in the Museum’s Hall of Fame Wing.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees for 2013 are Heart, Albert King, Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Rush and Donna Summer in the Performer Category. The Ahmet Ertegun (non performer) Award winners are Lou Adler and Quincy Jones.
Each inductee will be featured as part of the new inductees exhibit in the Museum’s 2900 square-foot Hall of Fame wing exhibit space. Monitors at the entrance of the Hall of Fame feature highlights of past induction ceremonies. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a multimedia production projected onto three large screens. The presentation combines film footage, music, interviews, animation and still photography to tell the stories of the inductees. From the theater, a sloping walkway leads along past a series of glass panels etched with the signatures of inductees to three display cases featuring artifacts from the latest class of inductees.
Artifact highlights from the exhibit include:
Nancy Wilson of Heart Electric Guitar
1987 Dean Baby Z Custom
Nancy Wilson played this guitar during Heart’s Bad Animals tour of 1987.
Albert King Electric Guitar
1987 Bolin Custom Electric Guitar
Collection of the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Memphis, TN
Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top has always paid tribute to the artists who in?uenced his path in music. Gibbons hired Bolin Electric Guitars of Boise, Idaho to create this colorful variation on a Gibson Flying V, the guitar most often associated with Albert King. This guitar was given to King by Gibbons on Christmas Day, 1987.
Randy Newman Primetime Emmy Award, 2003-2004
As Randy Newman’s career progressed, he made a remarkable transition from songwriter to film and television composer. Since 1981, he has scored numerous films and television shows and has been nominated 20 times for Oscars, winning twice. This is the second of three Emmys Newman has garnered, two of which were for his work on Monk.
Flavor Flav Jacket, 1990
Design by Nike Aqua Gear
Rapper Flavor Flav, born William Drayton Jr., was the comedic hype-man counterpart to Chuck D’s more serious demeanor. His signature look included wearing a clock around his neck as a pendant.
Donna Summer Day Declaration, 1975
The mayor of Boston declared November 26, 1975 “Donna Summer Day” in tribute to the Boston native’s triumphant homecoming.
Geddy Lee of Rush Bass Guitar
Hybrid Fender Jazz Bass
This bass guitar uses the neck from Geddy Lee’s 1972 Fender Jazz bass, which he refers to as “#1.” When attached to its original body, Lee used it to record “Tom Sawyer” as well as many other tracks on Counterparts and Snakes and Arrows. The body is from a Fender Geddy Lee Signature model and features a one-of-a-kind custom painted and engraved pick guard.
Lou Adler BMI Certificate, 1965
Lou Adler has had one of the most multi-faceted careers of any Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. In addition to his work as a manager, producer and filmmaker, Adler is an accomplished songwriter. In 1959, he co-wrote “What a Wonderful World” with fellow inductees Sam Cooke and Herb Alpert. Cooke released his version of the song in 1960. This is a re-issue of the original certificate.
Musical Score for “Thriller,” 1996
Written by Rod Temperton
Score by Quincy Jones
The Quincy Jones-produced Michael Jackson album Thriller received a record 12 Grammy nominations, winning eight. This score was created for the 1996 tribute to Quincy Jones at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
The new inductees exhibit will be open through March 2014. For more information on the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, please visit rockhall.com/inductees.