I wanted to go to Cleveland specifically to visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I wasn’t disappointed. This is one of THE BEST attractions that all “baby-boomers” should see. Just walking up to the plaza is exciting. Music is playing and the building is quite groovy. Once inside you immediately get inspired to take the journey back to the music that took us through our childhood, teen years and sustains us now. The museum houses so much memorabilia that you wouldn’t see anywhere else. Here are some of my favorite items and stories. There was a purple Cadillac that Elvis bought for one of his staff. He bought that on the same day that he purchased over 15 Cadillacs for his family and friends and a lady that happened to be window shopping at the dealership. There was the table and notebooks that were used for most of the song-writing experiences of Bruce Springsteen. My favorite item was the handwritten notes on a typed paper listing the bands and how much they were asking to appear at Woodstock. How much do you think was paid to the most expensive band? I list that at the end of this posting. The five vehicles in the lobby once belonged to the following people: Roy Orbison, ZZ Top, Janis Joplin, Billy Joel and Jon Bon Jovi. See if you can figure out who belongs to the what vehicle. The other photos show some of the public art on the walk from my hotel to the museum.
The highest amount paid for an artist was $15,000.