I’ve lucked out again.
I left Bradford, Pennsylvania this morning and intended to drive a loopy route through the Allegheny National Forest before heading west towards Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Somehow I got off course, and instead of taking Highway 6 west to Highway 666 west, I wound up on the 66 south (no kidding). It wasn’t a huge detour, but it got me turned around enough to make me pull over and ask for directions at a yard sale.
After linking up with Interstate 80 I called my mom to shoot the breeze. I crossed the Ohio state line during our conversation, and when I mentioned I was on my way to the Cleveland area she mentioned that I better not miss the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (site / wiki) while I’m there. “Shoot, you’re right.”
I wouldn’t have arrived in Cuyahoga National Park until around 2pm anyways, and I don’t like to be rushed when I’m planning a hike or bike ride, especially in a national park. With a few flicks on my phone I was re-routed towards Cleveland proper. I called ahead and tickets for the R & R Hall of Fame weren’t cheep -> $8 for parking and $18 for the student admission (..shhh, don’t tell..). I exited the freeway and rolled by the entrance to the Hall and what do I see perched high up a flagpole far too tall for its size? The split tipped Ohio State Flag kicking in the wind.
It was no big deal getting the flags switched. It did take a minute to convince Mark that the flag I had was the Ohio state flag and that it was the same size, but from there it was easy. They needed a new flag. I needed a weathered one. Goods were exchanged, and both parties were better off.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was rad.
The bigger bands have their own sections, and you can read every little story behind the instruments, outfits, and albums on display. In addition, the discography of every band inducted to the Hall of Fame is available through touch screen podiums and high quality on-ear headphones.
I found it interesting that they included Hip Hop and Country music sections, but then again, I guess if you deny their influence on Rock and Roll other you won’t get a properly framed picture.
The museum covered length as well as breadth by stretching out the timeline of Rock and Roll back to its Blues roots in the late 1800’s up to current influential artists like T. Swift and The Black Keys.
Two thumbs up. Open late on Wednesdays too!