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Archival collections can range in size from a single document to hundreds of boxes of material or digital items. Collections are described in detailed guides called finding aids.
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Archival Collections, ARC-0001 through ARC-0050
ARC-0001 Art Collins Papers, 1959-2005, 55.92 linear feet (l.f.)
The Art Collins Papers span the years 1959 to 2005, with the bulk of the papers dating between 1986 and 2004. The collection provides rich documentation of Collins’ role as an artist manager. The documents pertain to the careers of the artists Collins managed, with Iggy Pop as the primary focus of the collection but including other artists like Marianne Faithful and the Rolling Stones. The legal papers consist of song licensing contracts, tour information, album release information, royalty contracts and statements, and press releases. Other material related to Collins’ clients includes correspondence, newspaper and periodical clippings, audiovisual and printed material. The collection also contains audiovisual and printed materials from Collins’ personal music collection. These items span a wide range of rock groups (including John Lennon) and consist of periodicals, newspapers, books, sheet music, VHS and ¾ videocassettes, audiocassettes, DVD-video discs, and 45 RPM records. Collins’ papers provide documentation of the impact of a single performer on rock and roll—specifically that of Iggy Pop on punk—and a behind-the-scenes look at being an artist and manager in the rock music industry.
ARC-0002 Sire Records Collection, 1966-1994, undated, 72.0 l.f.
The Sire Records Collection documents two distinct eras of the record company founded by Seymour Stein. The first era dates from 1966 to 1980 and consists of hundreds of audiotapes from Sire’s recording sessions. The music genres documented on these tapes include blues, progressive rock, and punk rock. Artists include the Climax Blues Band, the Dead Boys, Flamin’ Groovies, Richard Hell, and the Stanky Brown Group. The second era of Sire Records began when the company became part of Warner Brothers, and this part of the collection contains 19 cartons of artist and business files that date from 1976 to 1994. These files are primarily correspondence regarding contracts and recordings and often include promotional materials such as photographs. The two musical genres best represented in the files are new wave and pop. Notable artists documented here are Madonna, The Ramones, and the Talking Heads. The collection provides insight into how artists were signed to a major record label, and it demonstrates the personal involvement that Stein had with the majority of the artists he discovered.
ARC-0003 Milt Gabler Collection, 1928-2006, 7.59 l.f.
The Milt Gabler Collection spans the years 1928 to 2006, with the bulk of the material dating between 1938 and 1969. The collection’s primary focus is Gabler’s career as founder of Commodore Records and as an artists and repertoire (A&R) executive for Decca Records. The collection includes material related to the Commodore Music Shop and Gabler’s Commodore Records years; artist files for those under contract with Decca Records and including photocopies of artists' cards, package information memoranda, label copy, handwritten notes, lyrics, lists of recordings, royalty statements, correspondence, and record personnel sheets; lyrics and sheet music composed by Gabler, much of which is handwritten; and correspondence between the Commodore Music Shop and its customers, which illustrates the enthusiasm with which records released on the Commodore label were received by the public. Additionally, the collection includes some of Gabler’s personal files, including awards, clippings, interview and radio transcripts, and some promotional material, as well as printed and audiovisual material. The printed materials relate to jazz and early rock and roll and include periodicals, newspapers, programs, and sheet music. Audiovisual materials in the collection include 1/4-inch audiotapes. Viewed as a whole, the Milt Gabler Collection documents Gabler’s influence on the popularity of swing-era jazz and early rock and roll, as well as his success as a record store owner, record producer, and songwriter.
ARC-0004 Mo Ostin Collection, 1961-1990, 43.75 l.f.
The Mo Ostin Collection spans the years of 1961 to 1990, with the bulk of the collection dating between 1963 and 1980. The collection primarily consists of artist files kept by Ostin while he was a recording executive at Warner Brothers and Reprise Records. These files contain biographical sketches, contracts, recording session schedules, album release planning information, and promotional releases. Significant artist files include Sammy Davis, Jr., Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Joni Mitchell, and Frank Sinatra. Other documents and items in the collection include photographs, legal papers, executive files, licenses, master purchases, appointment books, correspondence, events records, and information about publishers, agents, and managers. The collection provides a great deal of documentation on Ostin’s role as vice president and chairman of a prominent and successful recording label. Seen in a broader context, his influence on the cultural history of rock music is shown through his relationships with many highly acclaimed artists, whom he helped develop and produce in their early stages. The papers and documents provide an in-depth look at the role of the record executive and the importance of maintaining relationships with artists and other professionals in the recording industry, for which Ostin is highly praised.
ARC-0005 Eddie Cochran Historical Organization Collection, 1950-1993, 4.34 l.f.
The Eddie Cochran Historical Organization Collection spans the years 1950 to 1993. The collection is comprised of the administrative files of the historical organization; graphic materials depicting images of Cochran, including photographs, posters, and postcards; printed materials featuring Cochran, including newspapers, books, booklets, periodicals, clippings, and sheet music; and recordings by Cochran, in the form of videocassettes, 45 RPM and LP records, and mini video discs. Other artists included in the collection are Sharon Sheeley and Gene Vincent. The collection provides rich documentation of Eddie Cochran’s career, focusing on his vast impact on early rock and rockabilly music. The collection also offers a glimpse into the operations of the Eddie Cochran Historical Organization, highlighting Cochran’s impact on the public and the enthusiastic lengths music fans will go to in order to locate information about their idols and to preserve and honor their legacies.
ARC-0006 Alan Freed Collection, 1921-1999, undated, 16.01 l.f.
The Alan Freed Collection spans the years 1918 to 1992, with the bulk of the collection dating between 1954 and 1964. The collection consists primarily of financial and court documents relating to the commercial bribery case brought by the City of New York against Alan Freed, known as "Payola." These files contain accounting records, Assistant District Attorney notes, cancelled checks, contracts, correspondence, indictments, invoices, memoranda, music clearance sheets, reports, State of New York Grand Jury exhibits, subpoenas, witness statements and summaries, as well as many duplicate and annotated photocopies of documents. Other materials in the collection relate to Freed’s renowned career as a radio, television, and film personality and include lobby cards, magazine articles, movie posters, programs, an audio and video recording, sheet music, and yearbooks. The collection as a whole illustrates Freed's impact on the early history of rock and roll. Seen in a broader context, the collection provides insights to the recording and broadcasting industries in the 1950s and early 1960s, the resulting Payola scandal, and its long-lasting effects.
ARC-0007 Jerry Wexler Papers, 1943-2006, 4.26 l.f.
The Jerry Wexler Papers span the years 1943 to 2006. The collection consists of five series: correspondence, clippings, manuscript drafts from Wexler's 1993 memoir Rhythm and the Blues, scrapbooks, and subject files. There are also two boxes of oversize material that include mainly photographs and loose scrapbook pages. Wexler's personal correspondence serves as an important focus to the collection, featuring handwritten letters, cards, and other correspondence with individuals such as Stanley Booth, Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegun, Aretha Franklin, and Dusty Springfield. The Jerry Wexler Papers also include unique, candid photographs of artists such as Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, and Wilson Pickett in the recording studio; images from the Muscle Shoals Recording Studio; and materials related to the production of Bob Dylan's Slow Train Coming.
ARC-0008 Immaculate Funk Collection (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Collection), 1996-1999, 3.79 l.f.
The Immaculate Funk Collection (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Collection) consists of 74 Beta SP videocassettes and 28 interview transcripts, dating from 1996 to 1999, and presumably used by FBN Productions' President Tom Thurman in his documentary film, Immaculate Funk: The Jerry Wexler Story. The Immaculate Funk Collection documents the influence of Jerry Wexler on the development of mainstream rhythm & blues through interviews with some of the "greats" of rock and roll history, including Solomon Burke, Ray Charles, Ahmet Ertegun, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Willie Nelson, John Prine, and Henry Stone to name a few.
ARC-0009 Clive Davis Correspondence, 1963-2001, 0.42 l.f.
The Clive Davis Correspondence consists of letters between Clive Davis and various Arista and RCA recording artists and executives, spanning the years 1963 to 2001. In the correspondence, Davis and the artists discuss songs, lyrics, albums, and videos, as well as critical reception of the artists’ works, touring arrangements, record deals, and contracts. There are handwritten notes from several artists, including Aretha Franklin, Kenny G., Barry Manilow, Carlos Santana, and Carly Simon. The collection presents a sample of late 20th century American popular music, provides perspective on the artistic decisions and business practices of the sound recording industry during that period, and illustrates the relationships between recording artists and executives.
ARC-0010 Ben Fong-Torres Collection,1957, 1970, 0.21 l.f.
The Ben Fong-Torres Collection spans the years 1957 and 1970 and consists of a folder of Bill Gavin’s record programming lists and an audiocassette interview that Torres did with David Crosby on July 23, 1970 for Rolling Stone. Bill Gavin was the host of Lucky Lager Dance Time, a weekly countdown show popular in the western United States during the 1940s and founder of the radio playlist publication the Gavin Report. The Gavin Report was used by radio stations and record companies to determine which songs should receive airplay during the early Top 40 era.
ARC-0011 Gold Star Recording Studios Records, 1950-1969, undated, 6.55 l.f.
The Gold Star Recording Studios Records span the years 1950 to 1969 and include undated material. The records consist of documents and recordings related to the operation of the studio during its most active periods in the 1950s and 1960s. The collection includes a lease for the studio, as well as records of business transactions, recording session log sheets, audio recordings, and architectural plans for Gold Star studios and its control rooms. The records provide insight to the operations of an independent recording studio. The architectural plans are especially noteworthy, as the special construction of the studios and equipment made possible Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound" technique.
ARC-0012 Stan Cornyn Papers, 1950-2002, undated, 9.25 l.f.
The Stan Cornyn Papers span the years 1950 to 2002, with the bulk of the material dating between 1996 and 2002. The collection consists of annotated manuscript drafts of Cornyn's book, Exploding: The Highs, Hits, Hype, Heroes, and Hustlers of the Warner Music Group; galley proofs; audiocassettes of interviews; VHS video tapes; a CD-R; and notes, E-mail, and memoranda between Cornyn and his editors. The collection represents the attempts of a longtime music industry insider to chronicle the increasing commercialization of popular music in the United States. Cornyn focused particularly on the departure of Mo Ostin from Warner Brothers as a hallmark of the industry's decline. As the collection includes a substantial amount of Cornyn's research material, notes, and edited drafts, the researcher may find noteworthy information and historical anecdotes that did not make it into the final publication.
ARC-0015 Soul Asylum Collection, 1982-1996, 1.0 l.f.
The Dan Murphy-Soul Asylum Collection spans the years 1982 to 1996, with the bulk of the material between 1985 and 1993. The collection consists of audiovisual materials, ephemera, graphic materials, manuscripts, and publications. The audiovisual materials include 7-inch singles, audiocassettes, and a CD. The ephemera consist of publicity material for the band. Included in graphic materials are a variety of cards, publicity photographs, snapshots of the band and its individual members, and posters. Manuscripts consist of handwritten lyrics and studio notes. Publications are internal tour calendars and magazines in which the band was featured. The collection highlights the growth of a rock band from obscurity to international superstardom and provides some perspective into Soul Asylum's creative process and life on the road.
ARC-0016 Hal Blaine Papers, 1959-2010, undated, 1.21 l.f.
The Hal Blaine Papers span the years 1959 to 2010 and include some undated material. The bulk of the collection dates from between 1959 and 1987. The collection consists of Blaine's appointment books, a session journal, a cash book, and an address book. Artists of note in the collection include Ray Charles, Bobby Darin, Doris Day, the Fifth Dimension, and Phil Spector. The collection documents the rigorous schedules kept by session musicians and, more specifically, illustrates Blaine’s contributions to iconic rock and roll productions.
ARC-0019 Kathleen Mackay Research Papers, 1967-2007, 0.63 l.f.
The Kathleen Mackay Research Papers span the years of 1967 to 2007, with the bulk of the collection dating between 2005 and 2007. The collection consists primarily of interviews conducted as research for Mackay’s 2007 book, Bob Dylan: Intimate Insights from Friends and Fellow Musicians. This collection also includes drafts of the aforementioned book from 2006, interviews on audio cassette, and a copy of the Monterey International Pop Festival’s annual program from 1967. Artists of note in the collection are Rosanne Cash, Liam Clancy, Kris Kristofferson, Ronnie Hawkins, and Maria Muldaur among others. Mackay's collection provides a behind-the-scenes look at rock music journalism and biography, as well as the research, primary source material, and editing required by the writing process.
ARC-0020 Joint Show Posters, 1967 July 17, 4.0 l.f.
The Joint Show opened on July 17, 1967, in the Moore Gallery in San Francisco, Ca. It was the first art show to celebrate psychedelic rock concert poster artists and their work. The show showcased the big five: Rick Griffin, Alton Kelley, Victor Moscoso, Stanley Mouse, and Wes Wilson. Each of the five artists created a poster exclusively for the show, which was also made available for purchase. The show helped to create an acceptance of rock concert poster art in the larger art world and the museum community, and led to more gallery shows and the inclusion of these types of works into museum collections. This collection contains four of the five original posters.
ARC-0021 Robert Christgau Collection, 1970-1999, 1.0 l.f.
The Robert Christgau Collection spans the years 1970 to 1999, with the bulk of the material dating between 1977 and 1985. The collection consists of newspaper clippings, correspondence, and materials related to the College Music Journal. The newspaper clippings are from Christgau's personal collection. The correspondence consists of letters to Christgau asking him to review specific publications. The collection offers great research value regarding the music scene of the 1970s and 1980s.
ARC-0022 Wilco Collection, 1989-2008, 1.52 l.f.
The Wilco Collection spans the years 1989 to 2008 and consists of five concert posters and three tour itineraries for both Wilco and Uncle Tupelo.
ARC-0023 Alan Light Papers, 1976-2003, undated, 4.27 l.f.
The Alan Light Papers span the years 1976 to 2003. The bulk of the collection dates from 1997 to 2002, when Light was editor-in-chief at Spin magazine and working on three book projects: Tupac Shakur, The Vibe History of Hip Hop, and The Skills to Pay the Bills: The Story of the Beastie Boys. The collection predominantly consists of clipped articles and copies of articles, interview audio recordings and transcripts, manuscripts, and correspondence. The collection emphasizes Light’s research process, through his extensive research files and interviews, as well as the practicalities of publication, through writer and photograph agreements, budgets, and correspondence between Light and his literary agent Sarah Lazin. The collection also provides insight into Light’s editorial style, with handwritten edits, notations, and drafts for The Vibe History of Hip Hop. Seen within a broader context, the research files offer a condensed documentation of the history of hip hop through the 1990s. There is a focus not only on individual rap artists, producers, and record executives, but also on the controversies that surrounded the hip hop world related to violence, sampling rights, and censorship debates.
ARC-0024 Michael Ochs Collection, 1948-1994, undated, 38.42 l.f.
The Michael Ochs Collection spans the years 1948 to 1994 with the bulk of the material dating between 1975-1985. The collection is approximately 32.82 linear feet. The documents pertain to Ochs’ career as a rock and roll photographer, his career as a publicist for Columbia Records, the courses he taught at UCLA and his radio programs. Some prominent artists included in the collection include: Fleetwood Mac, Ella Fitzgerald, Dean Martin, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Seger, The Rolling Stones, Grace Slick, and Elvis Presley. The collection provides rich documentation of both Ochs’ role in the rock and roll music industry and a history of the rock and roll genre itself. Ochs' research and interviews provide intircate details and information for anyone with an interest in the history of rock and roll music.
ARC-0025 Duane Sycz Photographs, 1990s, 2010, 1.88 l.f.
The Duane Sycz Photographs collection contains images from the early 1990s and 2010 by Duane Sycz of DRS Photography. The images were taken at Ohio concert venues, such as Blossom Music Center, the Covelli Centre, and Richfield Coliseum. Various performers are pictured, including Chuck Berry, Alice Cooper, Brett Michaels of Poison, Ted Nugent, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The collection consists of 13 printed photographs and 557 JPEG files on three DVD-RW discs. The predominant size of the printed photographs is 14" x 11". The collection provides a sampling of Sycz's photographic work for various live performances in Ohio. Seen in a broader context, the collection provides insight into the artists who toured the Ohio area, their stage and lighting setups, and the fashions of the period.
ARC-0027 Ray Topping Papers, 1943-2006, undated, 60.21 l.f.
The Ray Topping Papers span the years 1943 to 2006 and include undated material, with the bulk dating between 1965 and 1985. The papers consist of primarily handwritten documents that make up Topping's discographies, artist files, record label information, and research files. These detailed documents illustrate Topping's vast knowledge of American recorded music covering the post-war period from 1945 through to 1975. The personal files give the researcher an inside-look to Ray Topping's personal life, focusing mostly on his love for American musical culture as it is shown through his travel documents and correspondence. The graphic and printed materials provide a context for the music and artists of the time period that Topping was researching. Many rare and interesting magazines and clippings give a unique and in-depth look at American rock and roll and roots music. Researchers will find Ray Topping's meticulous and detailed discographies of particular note, as well as anyone interested in post-war American music, featuring artists such as B.B. King, Little Richard, and Ike Turner. Also, the history and inner workings of many record labels, such as Ace, King Records, and Modern Records are of high research value.
ARC-0028 FAME Studios Records, 1959-2005, undated, 35.21 l.f.
The FAME Studios Records span the years 1961 to 1998. The majority of the collection is contained within the artist files, contracts, and financial records, which consist of correspondence, artist biographies, photographs, and other documents related to the musicians of FAME Studios. Other materials in the collection include administrative files, appointment books, notes, and phone message logs presumably maintained by Rick Hall's administrative assistant. Finally, the collection contains 1,018 color and black-and-white digital image files of Rick Hall, Muscle Shoals, the FAME recording studio, and various artists associated with FAME Studios, including Duane Allman, Paul Anka, Clarence Carter, Mac Davis, the Del Rays, Dominoes, Janie Fricke, Larry Gatlin, Bobbie Gentry, Gus Hardin, Etta James, Little Richard, Clyde McPhatter, Ronnie Milsap, Liza Minnelli, Wayne Newton, the Osmonds, Wilson Pickett, Lou Rawls, Otis Redding, Candi Staton, Irma Thomas,Travis Wammack, and Jerry Wexler. The FAME Studios Records provides a unique look into the business aspect of American country and soul music during the 1960s and 1970s, and documents the evolution of the Muscle Shoals music scene. Original order of the materials was maintained.
ARC-0029 Herb Staehr Collection, circa 1950-2007, 74.5 l.f.
The Herb Staehr Collection spans the years circa 1950 to 2007, with the bulk of the material dating between 1968 and 2007. It comprises 65 linear feet of material mainly related to Alvin Lee and Ten Years After, but also to Eric Clapton and Cream. Staehr, author of Alvin Lee & Ten Years After: Visual History, was the preeminent collector of Alvin Lee and Ten Years After memorabilia. The bulk of the collection consists of bootleg concert recordings, with some papers, scrapbooks, and photographic material. The collection is divided into six series: papers, scrapbooks, photographs, slides, negatives, concert recordings, and contact sheets. The collection will be valuable to researchers interested in the history of Ten Years After, English blues-rock, and Woodstock, as well to those looking for images of Eric Clapton or Alvin Lee.
ARC-0031 Atlantic Recording Corporation Records, 1928-1990, undated, 3.31 l.f.
The Atlantic Recording Corporation Records span the years 1956 to 1989 and includes some undated material. The records showcase the role of a specific artists and repertoire (A & R) representative, Yves Beauvais, in the context of the history of Atlantic Records. The artist files document details about the recording process and interactions between the record company and the artists, while the ephemera, printing proofs, and sketches provide insight to the planning and execution of album artwork. The artists most heavily depicted in the Atlantic Recording Corporation Records are the Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones, two of Atlantic's most successful groups. The information regarding these bands will be of particular interest to both fans and researchers, providing a first-hand, inside look at their lives and careers.
ARC-0032 Modern Music Records, 1948-2002, undated, 2.21 l.f.
The Modern Music Records document the publishing side of the music industry. The records span from the company's earliest days in the late 1940s, when it was founded by Jules Bihari, to a few documents from the 1990s through 2002. The bulk of the collection dates from the early 1970s, and the contents only document select parts of the business. Of particular note are materials related to the subject of copyright, and the records demonstrate how Bihari and his two brothers, Joe and Saul, added their names or pseudonyms to a song in order to receive shares of the royalties. The collection also contains information about many of Modern Music's subsidiary record labels, including Flair and Kent Records. The collection is arranged alphabetically by file title.
ARC-0035 David Russell Collection, 1983-2003, undated, 29.0 l.f.
The David Russell Collection spans the years 1983 to 2003 and includes undated material, with the bulk of the collection dating between 1985 and 1995. The collection provides unique insight to the intricate process of producing individual concerts and world tours for major artists. It consists of tour production materials, including detailed documents about production, personnel, stage design, and travel itineraries; as well as personal files with information about Russell's life while on tour; and graphic materials that add a visual landscape to the collection. The stage blueprints are of particular note. Bands included in the materials are Bon Jovi, Cher, Peter Gabriel, Janet Jackson, R.E.M, Pink Floyd, and Tina Turner.
ARC-0036 Bomp! Records Collection, 1944-2007, undated, 31.89 l.f.
The Bomp! Records Collection spans the years 1944 to 2007 and includes undated material. It consists of audiovisual materials, periodicals, the personal and business papers of Greg Shaw, Shaw's "Scene" files, and manuscript drafts, as well as promotional material and ephemera. The audiovisual materials consist mainly of bootleg concert and album recordings on audiocassette, but there are also several audiotape reels. The periodicals contain zines and single issues of commercial magazines. The papers consist of correspondence, clippings, and other personal- and business-related files collected by Greg Shaw. The Bomp! Records Collection will be useful to researchers interested in the indie underground culture of the 1970s and 1980s in the United States and the origins and evolution of punk rock. The zines are of particular note as a record of fan documentation and general counterculture from the 1960s to the 1990s. The newspapers will be of interest to researchers studying 1960s youth culture.
ARC-0037 Jeff Gold Collection, 1938-2010, undated, 35.33 l.f.
The Jeff Gold Collection contains of a wide array of items that document various artists and people in the music industry, specifically from the late 1950s through 2010. There are six series that organize the items by format or source, including artist files, subject files, posters, 16 Magazine, and audiovisual materials, as well as materials from the collections of Art Collins and Ralph Gleason. Please note that files may contain only one item about the artist or subject, such as a press release or photograph.
ARC-0038 Anita Gelman Collection, 1970, 1980s, 0.21 l.f.
The Anita Gelman Collection spans 1970 and the 1980s, with the bulk of the materials dating between 1982 and 1984. The collection provides rich visual evidence in the form of 35mm color slides, black-and-white photographs, and color Polaroids of Gelman's role as the a professional cosmetologist for MTV (including VH1 and the Movie Channel) and Epic Records. The materials document Gelman's work with such artists as Nick Ashford, the Fat Boys, Herbie Hancock, the Isley Brothers, Los Lobos, Scandal, the Stray Cats, and Steven Tyler. A bonus to the collection is the photocopied performance agreements between the Früt Palace (Hall Road, Mount Clemens, Michigan) and various artists, including Detroit Featuring Mitch Ryder, the MC5, Parliament & the Funkadelic, and the Stooges. The Anita Gelman Collection provides a glimpse into the visual history of 1980s rock and pop music and culture, specifically through the hair styles, makeup, and costumes for which the era is best known.
ARC-0039 Continental Club Collection, 1993-2009, undated, 0.21 l.f.
The Continental Club Collection spans the years 1993 to 2009 and includes undated material. The collection documents the history of the popular New York City night club, located in the East Village and open from 1990 to 2006. The bulk of the collection consists of photographs from shows performed at the club. Artists of note include Sebastian Bach, Motörhead, The Ramones, and Patti Smith. Other materials include clippings, correspondence, flyers, and publications. The collection highlights the history of the New York City punk rock music scene and the community that formed around the Continental Club.
ARC-0040 Custom Coach Records, 1976-1980, undated, 4.21 l.f.
The Custom Coach Records consist of the production records for Johnny Cash's tour bus "JC Unit One" that was custom-designed for Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash, in 1980. The records include the original blue prints, modification specifications, notes, operation manuals, and photographs; as well as information on the Custom Coach company itself. The records provide insight into the lifestyle of a touring musician and its effects on the creation of a custom-made tour bus.
ARC-0041 Elvis Presley Set List, 1974, 1991, 0.21 l.f.
This is a setlist, handwritten by Elvis Presley, from a concert in Memphis on March 20, 1974. Songs on setlist include (in order): "See See Rider," "I Got a Woman," "Love Me," "Trying to Get to You," "All Shook Up," "Steam Roller Blues," "Teddy Bear" - "Don't Be Cruel," "Love Me Tender" Medley, "Fever," "Polk Salad Annie," "Why Me Lord," "How Great Thou Art," "Suspicious," "Blueberry Hill," "Can't Stop Loving You," "Help Me," "American Trilogy," "Let Me Be There," "My Baby Left Me," "Lawdy Miss Clawdy," "Funny Time Slips Away," and "Can't Help Falling in Love." Also included is a letter of authenticity from Charlie Hodge, a close friend of Presley.
ARC-0042 Bonnie Raitt Contract, 1969 July 28, 0.21 l.f.
This is the original contract, signed on July 28, 1969, for Raitt's first concert, performed on August 13, 1996 at Pennypacker Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
ARC-0043 Jimi Hendrix Lyrics (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation Collection), undated, 0.21 l.f.
This is Jimi Hendrix's original, handwritten lyrics to the song "Purple Haze."
ARC-0044 Rick Dees Papers, 1967, 1976-2003, undated, 7.46 l.f.
The Rick Dees Papers span the years 1967, 1976 to 2003, and include undated material. The materials include advertising, awards, clippings, correspondence, items related to Disco Duck, photographic materials, and Rick Dees’ Weekly Top 40 shows 95-100. The various materials included here chronicle Dees' career as a popular radio personality and a late night talk show host. Highlights of the collection include Dee’s 1967 FCC Radio Operator's Permit, a copy of Dee’s handwritten lyrics to the hit song Disco Duck, thank you letters from Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush, and audio of his Weekly Top 40 radio show. The photographic materials, which include photographs, slides, and negatives, comprise the largest portion of the collection and include images of Dees' 1990 late night talk show Into the Night and showcase television personalities of the era and musicians, including James Brown. Other photographs include Dees with David Bowie, Cher, Genesis, Janet Jackson, Julian Lennon, and Little Richard. This collection gives researchers a look into Dees' career as well as his private life. His awards, certificates of recognition, and the magazine clippings showcase his level of success, while the photographs and correspondence give insight to his personal life. Seen in a broader context, the collection provides a look at the career of disc jockeys from the mid-1970s to the early 2000s and the recognition and career opportunities that were afforded them.
ARC-0045 James Brawley Collection, 1967-1992, undated, 26.0 l.f.
The James Brawley Collection spans the years 1967 to 1992 and includes undated material, with the bulk of the material dating between 1976 and 1979. The collection primarily consists of bootleg audiocassette tapes Brawley recorded at various rock concerts, mostly in New York City. Each audiocassette has a corresponding note card. Artists of note include Blondie, John Cale, The Clash, The Dead Boys, Dr. John, Richard Hell, the Patti Smith Group, The Ramones, The Talking Heads, Television, and X. Venues of note include CBGB's, Max's Kansas City, The Bottom Line, My Father's Place, and Bond's International Casino. Brawley's collection provides rich insight to the punk rock music scene of the late 1960s and 1970s. The collection provides evidence of the evolution of punk through raw bootleg audio recordings.
ARC-0046 Artists Against Piracy Collection, 2000-2001, 0.42 l.f.
The Artists Against Piracy (AAP) Collection spans the years 2000 and 2001. The files were collected by The Baker/Northrop Media Group, specifically Sheryl Northrop, the public relations representative for AAP. The collection includes press kits; press releases; articles about AAP as well as the individuals, legal cases, companies, and organizations involved; and correspondence directed to AAP. The collection offers an overview of the music piracy problem as it was viewed in the early 2000s, as well as its perceived effects on artists and their intellectual property rights.
ARC-0047 Four Tops Collection, 1967-1991, undated, 6.33 l.f.
The Four Tops Collection spans the years 1967 to 1991, with the bulk of the material dating between 1974-1978. The majority of the collection is business records. These records include invoices, tour information, contracts, song information, and bank records. Also included in the collection is correspondence, printed materials, including microphone and amplifier instruction manuals, photographs, and a 1/4-inch audio tape reel. The Collection provides rich insight to the daily life of a popular recording and touring musical group; the financial aspects in particular. The Four Tops Collection is organized by format, with business records first, listed alphabetically by file title. The business records include invoices, bank statements, tour information, contracts, song information, original sheet music, receipts, and insurance documents. Other formats of material follow, arranged alphabetically by file title.
ARC-0048 Specialty Records Collection, 1947-1994, undated, 1.34 l.f.
The Specialty Records Collection spans the years 1947 to 1994 and includes undated material. The collection consists of album flats and an album cover, black-and-white promotional photographs, correspondence, deejay tip sheets, flyers, record labels, record sleeves, publications, record review cards, and juke box title strips--all created by Specialty Records to promote their artists and their work. The collection provides documentation of the ways in which early R&B and gospel artists were marketed, including Alex Bradford, Guitar Slim, Joe Liggins, Brother Joe May, Percy Mayfield, Roy Milton, the Original Gospel Harmonettes, the Pilgrim Travelers, Lloyd Price, and the Soul Stirrers (featuring Sam Cooke). Specialty Record's role in the development of rock and roll is also highlighted through collection materials related to Little Richard.
ARC-0049 Scotty Moore Papers, 1950-2008, undated, 8.75 l.f.
The Scotty Moore Papers span the years 1950 to 2008 and include undated materials. The papers contain Moore's personal files, photographic material, clippings, and publications. His personal files provide an in-depth look at the career and life of Moore; the correspondence and contracts are of particular note. Moore's photographic materials consist of photographs and slides spanning Moore's career and personal life. Moore's relationship with Elvis Presley and their work together is documented through the clippings in the collection. Overall, the papers showcase Moore's career from his early days at Sun records to the present, providing rich insight to the life of a rock and roll guitarist and legend.
ARC-0050 Hollywood Knitting Factory Posters, 2002-2009, 4.0 l.f.
Hollywood Knitting Factory Posters spans the years 2002 to 2009. The collection consists of 35 different concert posters for performances held at the venue. Ten of the posters are available here only in digital form. Artists include Darren Grealish and Jim Mazza. The collection provides a glimpse into the types of acts that appeared at the Hollywood Knitting Factory, and how the shows were promoted. Seen in a broader context, the collection provides insights to how national venues promoted alternative rock from 2002-2009, the bands that played during that era, and the artists that created the posters.
Archival Collections, ARC-0051 through ARC-0100
ARC-0051 John Platt Collection, 1960-1999, undated, 18.83 l.f.
The John Platt Collection spans the years 1960 to 1999, with the bulk of the materials dating between 1965 and 1975. The collection contains VHS tapes, audiocassettes, and personal files. The materials are primarily centered around the 1960s-1970s San Francisco era of psychedelic rock. Artists of note featured in the collection include: Big Brother and the Holding Company, Cream, Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane,and Janis Joplin. Platt's files also contain research and correspondence for many of his professional projects, including the creation of video installations and short films for the opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in 1995. The Platt Collection provides extensive insight to the professional life of a lifelong rock and roll fan and historian. Of particular interest are original concert recordings and video footage of interviews with prominent artists of the era. Many of the video recordings are of European television broadcasts. There are over 100 audiocassettes of Grateful Dead concert recordings in this collection.
ARC-0052 Elaine Mayes Photographs, 1967 June 16-1967 June 18, 1.75 l.f.
The Elaine Mayes Photographs span the three days of the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, June 16, 17, and 18. The collection consists of ten black-and-white photographs taken by Mayes at the festival. The collection provides visual evidence of the performers who appeared at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, on and off stage. Seen in a broader context, the collection provides insight to the types of performers that appeared at festivals in the late 1960s, as well as the clothing and hairstyles of the period.
ARC-0053 Kid Rock Posters, 2000-2009, 3.0 l.f.
Kid Rock Posters span the years 2000 to 2009. The collection consists of nine different promotional and commercial posters related to Kid Rock's albums, tours, and television appearances. The collection provides a glimpse into how Kid Rock, his albums, and tours were promoted during the 2000s. Seen in a broader context, the collection provides insights into the promotion of high profile artists and the styles of period.
ARC-0054 Rick Miller Papers, 1970-1988, 2.0 l.f.
The Rick Miller Papers span the years 1970 to 1988. The collection consists of documents collected by Miller while he was a production manager for the following artists: Aerosmith, Eric Carmen, Christopher Cross, ELO, Fleetwood Mac, The Jacksons, Ted Nugent, Lou Reed, The Rolling Stones, Santana, Bob Seger, Boz Scaggs, and Robin Trower. The papers document the featured tours rather than the artists themselves and include riders, blueprints, stage plans, venue information and photographs, and lighting cues, as well as itineraries for the artists and crew, correspondence, contracts, artist requests, and carnets (merchandise passports). Miller's papers provide insight into the process of producing rock and roll concerts, specifically the aspects of administration and design.
ARC-0055 Ralph Bass Papers, circa 1960s-1993, 0.21 l.f.
The Ralph Bass Papers, circa the 1960s to 1993, consist of an interview transcript of Bass, one copy of the Chicago Reader featuring an interview with Bass, and eight photographs of Bass and various performers, including the Vashonettes and James Brown. All photographs are 8" x 10" black-and-whites, unless otherwise noted. The collection will be most useful to researchers looking for images of Bass.
ARC-0056 Richard Smith Andridge Collection, 1966-1967, 1.42 l.f.
The Richard Smith Andridge Collection spans 1966 to 1967 and consists of a black-and-white photograph and a magazine advertisement for The Seeds. The collection provides visual evidence of The Seeds and how they were promoted. Seen in the broader context, the collection provides insights into southern California garage bands and the advertising used by smaller record labels.
ARC-0057 James Bernard Papers, 1990-2006, undated, 2.29 l.f.
The James Bernard Papers span the years 1990 to 2006 and include undated material. The collection consists of audiovisual material, magazines, and papers, including correspondence, clippings, financial documents, and other materials related to The Source magazine, promotional materials from the National Hip Hop Political Convention, interview transcripts, press kits from various magazines, and other miscellaneous items. Notable items in the correspondence include letters from readers of The Source, with both critical and supportive messages to the magazine; invitations for Bernard to speak at various functions; a letter from Carol Moseley Braun regarding an appearance before Congress to discuss rap lyrics (Bernard's remarks accompany the letter); a faxed letter from Bernard to David Mays, demanding Mays' resignation as publisher of The Source; and a letter from Bernard and Reginald Dennis to Mumia Abu-Jamal, negotiating terms for an article to be written for XXL. The financial documents include auditor's reports, consolidated financial statements, and supplementary information. Audiovisual materials in the collection include VHS videocassettes, two CD-Rs, and audiocassette recordings of interviews. The magazines include single issues of non-music magazines related to African American culture. The James Bernard Papers will be useful to researchers interested in rap and hip hop music in the 1990s and early 2000s. The collection should not be interpreted as an exhaustive business history of The Source.
ARC-0059 Bitter End Records, 1967-2009, 4.83 l.f.
The Bitter End Records span the years 1967 to 2009, with the bulk of the records dating between 1970 and 1979. The collection provides insight into the management of The Bitter End nightclub, located in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York. It does not, however, represent an exhaustive documentation of the business or financial operations of the nightclub. Of most use to researchers will be the artist files, which provide a record of engagements played by numerous high profile artists and entertainers--many of which began their careers at The Bitter End. The artist files include contracts, photographs, clippings, press releases, press kits, and other promotional items. The collection also contains artist contracts, clippings, photographs, press releases, and information about The Bitter End's near-closure in 1992. The Bitter End Records also include a sizeable collection of posters advertising performances played at the venue. The collection highlights the history of New York City’s longest running nightclub, the Greenwich Village music scene over the years, and the artists that performed there.
ARC-0060 Martha Radosevich Posters, 1980-1984, undated, 2.33 l.f.
The Martha Radosevich Posters span the years 1980 to 1984 and include undated material. The collection consists of 32 concert posters for various performers, bands, and venues in the Southern California area. The majority of the posters were printed by the Colby Poster Printing Company in Los Angeles. Artists and bands documented in the collection include James Brown, Ray Charles, Jimmy Cliff, The Cramps, Echo and the Bunnymen, John Lee Hooker, Jerry Garcia Band, B.B. King, Wilson Pickett, The Police, R.E.M., Romeo Void, Sex Pistols, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Warren Zevon. Venues include the Beverly Theatre, Forum, Greek Theatre, Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood Park, and Roxy Theatre. The collection provides a sampling of the kinds of concert posters that would have been posted around the Southern California area in the early- to mid-1980s. Seen in a broader context, the collection provides insight to how performers and venues promoted their shows in the early-1980s and the acts that were performing during that period.
ARC-0061 Anastasia Pantsios Collection, 1978-1985, 1993, undated, 0.21 l.f.
The Anastasia Pantsios Collection spans the years 1978 to 1993. The collection consists of photographs and radio station playlists. The photographs provide visual evidence of performers who have appeared in Cleveland, Ohio over the course of nearly two decades, on and off stage. Comparatively, the playlists represent what was being played on the radio in Cleveland during that same time. Seen in a broader context, the collection provides documentation of performers who have appeared in Cleveland over the years, as well as their public persona and dress. The collection also provides insight into the performers who allowed themselves and their performances to be photographed by female rock photographers, as women were finally gaining a foothold in the ranks, led by Rolling Stone's Annie Leibovitz. As women became more numerous and prominent on rock and roll stages in the 1980s and beyond, Pantsios developed a special interest in the visual study of the changing and diverse ways rock musicians presented themselves while making music.
ARC-0063 The Plain Dealer Paintings and Prints, 2009, 1.19 l.f.
The Plain Dealer Paintings and Prints were created by Ted Crow, graphic artist for the newspaper for the 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Annual Induction Ceremony held in Cleveland, Ohio. These original illustrations appeared in The Plain Dealer prior to the induction ceremony, and glossy and matte prints were made available for purchase by the newspaper. The collection is made up of the original paintings by Crow, as well as glossy prints of the paintings. The collection provides a look at the artwork of Ted Crow and the artists and performers who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. Seen in a broader context, the collection provides insight into the graphic art of the period and the ways in which newspapers were attempting to find new revenue streams.
ARC-0064 American Artifact Collection, 2009, 2.21 l.f.
The American Artifact Collection consists of 12 posters created by some of the artists portrayed in the film American Artifact: The Rise of American Rock Poster. The collection also includes the film's press kit, promotional materials, and copies of the DVD. The film chronicles the history of the rock concert poster, from its origins in 1960s San Francisco to its re-emergence in the 21st century. American Artifact was released in 2009 and directed by Merle Becker. The collection provides a look at the majority of the posters created for the film's release in 2009, press materials, and the film itself. Seen in a broader context, the collection provides insight to fringe and underground artists of the past fifty years and how art is influenced by music, culture, and society, and how music, culture, and society, in return, influence art.
ARC-0065 John Seabury Flyers and Posters, 1980, 1988-2011, 3.33 l.f.
The John Seabury Flyers and Posters collection spans the years 1980 to 2011. The collection consists of 26 concert posters for various bands and venues, one poster for the Jean-Luc Godard film Sympathy for the Devil, and 19 concert flyers, mostly from shows at Slim's in San Francisco--all created by John Seabury. Bands featured in this collection include Adam Ant, George Clinton, The Damned, John Doe, Mars Volta, Megadeath, Willie Nelson, Pavement, Psychotic Pineapple, Queens of the Stone Age, Radiohead, The Rolling Stones, Todd Rundgren, The Tubes, and Rob Zombie. The collection provides a sampling of Seabury's artistic work for various bands and concerts in the United States and Europe. Seen in a broader context, the collection highlights how mainstream and alternative rock bands and venues promoted their shows during the 1980s to 2000s and provides a reference point for the artists that played during that era.
ARC-0066 Jason Andrew Goad Collection, 2001-2011, undated, 1.52 l.f.
The Jason Andrew Goad Collection spans the years 2001 to 2011 and includes undated material. The collection consists of 14 concert posters for various bands and venues created by Jason Andrew Goad, and five concert posters Goad created with Jeff Wood of Drowning Creek Studio. Bands and performers depicted include Alice in Chains, Pat Benatar, The Black Crowes, The Donnas, The Get Up Kids, The Killers, The Melvins, Ministry, Willie Nelson, Pink, and Neil Young. Venues include the Borgata Event Center, the Electric Factory, and Tower Theater. Also included in the collection is some of the original art that Goad created in 2008 for The Offspring's Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace. Plus, some promotional postcards that Goad used to promote his business, In Goad We Trust. The collection provides a sampling of Goad's artistic work for various performers and rock concerts in the United States. Seen in a broader context, the collection provides insight into how rock and alternative rock bands and venues promoted their shows during the 2000s and the bands that were actively performing during that era.
ARC-0067 Curtis Mayfield Collection, 1958-1994, 4.07 l.f.
The Curtis Mayfield Collection spans the years 1958 to 1994. The Collection consists of a typed manuscript for the posthumously-published book, Poetic License: In Poem and Song; three negatives and ten original photographs from various stages of Mayfield's solo career and his time with The Impressions; three oversize photographic reproductions; a concert poster; and two concert programs. The Collection provides a glimpse into the career of Curtis Mayfield through images, lyrics, and poetry. Seen in a broader context, the collection provides insight to the changing R&B scene from the late-1950s into the 1990s.
ARC-0069 Open Air Celebration Poster, 1971 May 27, 1.92 l.f.
The Open Air Celebration Poster was designed and illustrated by Anne C. Elliot, copyright May 27, 1971. The poster was used to promote the Open Air Celebration at Midway Stadium in St. Paul, Minnesota on June 26, 1971. On the bill for the show: The Band, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Crow, Delaney & Bonnie, "Li'l Sun" Tony Glover, John Sebastian, and Muddy Waters. The show was set to last from 12 noon until 9:00 P.M., and tickets cost between $6.00 and $8.00. The collection provides a look at Elliot's work and a part of the promotion for the Open Air Celebration. Seen in a broader context, the collection provides insight to the promotion of festivals in America's Midwest during the late 1960s and early 1970s, and the artists that performed at these types of festivals.
ARC-0070 Florida Flambeau, 1963 December 3, 1.75 l.f.
The Florida Flambeau is one of the student newspapers for Florida State University. This particular issue is volume 50, number 60 from December 3, 1963. It features a photo of student Jim Morrison on the front page, playing the part of Gus in Harold Pinter's one-act play, The Dumb Waiter. The collection provides a look at Jim Morrison during his time at Florida State and gives the researcher insight into other happenings at the school in December 1963. Seen in a broader context, the collection provides insight into southern college newspapers during the early 1960s, the types of articles they were running, and the advertising they were accepting.
ARC-0071 Mark Petty Photograph of Bob Dylan, 1976 April 28, 1.75 l.f.
The Mark Petty-Bob Dylan Photograph is an image of Bob Dylan taken by Petty in Pensacola, Fla. at the University of West Florida on April 28, 1976, during the "Rolling Thunder Revue" tour. The photo was subsequently published in Rolling Stone.
ARC-0072 Ed Chalpin Papers, 1965-1991, 0.21 l.f.
The Ed Chalpin Papers span the years 1965 to 1991, with the bulk of the materials dating between 1965 and 1980. The collection consists of business records, clippings, correspondence, photographs, and sound recordings. Also included is material related to the dispute between Chalpin (former producer of Jimi Hendrix prior to the Jimi Hendrix Experience years) and various parties over Hendrix's "exclusive artist productions writing contract" from October 1965 through October 1968. Of particular note are an acetate pressing of six tracks featuring Jimi Hendrix and Curtis Knight and several photographs of Hendrix during his time with The Squires. Chalpin’ papers provide documentation of the nature of artist-producer relationships and a behind-the-scenes look at being a producer in the rock music industry.
ARC-0073 Sean Carroll-Sandusky Bay Poster Works Collection, 2000, 2002-2003, 1.92 l.f.
The Sean Carroll-Sandusky Bay Poster Works Collection spans the years 2000 to 2003. The collection consists of 91 concert posters for various bands, primarily at venues and shows in Cleveland, Ohio; all designed and created by Sean Carroll,. Venues include the Agora Theater and Ballroom, Beachland Ballroom, and Grog Shop, among others. Performers include The Cramps, Foo Fighters, and Pearl Jam. The collection provides a sampling of Carroll's artistic work for various concert venues and performers. Seen in a broader context, the collection provides insight to how rock bands of varying popularity and diverse venues promoted their shows in the early 2000s. The collection also acts as a reference point for bands that played during that era.
ARC-0074 Gayle Wald Riot Grrrl Collection, 1991-1994, undated, 0.41 l.f.
The Gayle Wald Riot Grrrl Collection spans the years 1991 to 1994 and includes undated material. The collection consists mainly of correspondence, flyers, radio show playlists, stickers, zines, and other miscellaneous materials related to the Riot Grrrl movement. More specifically, the materials relate to the New York City, Chicago, and D.C. chapters of Riot Grrrl, the bands Fifth Column and the Lucy Stoners, the WPRB radio show at Princeton "Ladies First," and record label Hide Records & Tapes. The collection provides a unique look into the Riot Grrrl movement from the inside--from the perspectives of the performers and record labels to the fans and critics.
ARC-0075 Gabor Kovats Negatives, 1982-1989, 0.07 l.f.
The Gabor Kovats Negatives collection consists of 713 images of live concert performances from 1981 to 1989 in the Austin and Dallas, Texas areas. The images were taken by Gabor Kovats, a member of the camera club at his high school, during his late teens and early 20s. The performers featured include: Laurie Anderson, Joan Armatrading, David Crosby, Dixie Dregs, Peter Gabriel, General Public, Genesis, David Gilmour, Grace Jones, Lene Lovich, John McLaughlin, Jean-Luc Ponty, Psychedelic Furs, Return to Forever, Todd Rundgren, Spyro Gyra, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Walsh, Bobby (Bob Weir) and the Midnites, and Neil Young. The collection highlights a strong cross section of performers, musical genres, and concert venues that were popular during the 1980s.
ARC-0076 Dr. Rosario Cambria Collection, 2007, 0.07 l.f.
The intellectual content of the Rosario Cambria Collection spans the year 1957. The collection consists of 48 black-and-white photographic reproductions, printed in 2007, of candid shots from what appears to be at least two different events held at the Brooklyn Paramount Theater in New York: Alan Freed's Easter Jubilee from April 1957 and his Summer Festival from July. Identifiable from the Easter Jubilee are Billy Mason & The Rhythm Jesters, Bo Diddley, Charlie Gracie, Bobby Marchan, The Rhythm Orchids (Buddy Knox and Jimmy Bowen), The Rosebuds, Al Sears, and of course Alan Freed himself. Identifiable from the Summer Festival are Chuck Berry, The Everly Brothers, Panama Francis, Alan Freed, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Johnnie & Joe, Lewis Lymon & The Teen Chords, Clyde McPhatter, Jodie Sands, Al Sears, The Teenagers with Frankie Lymon, and Joe Turner. The collection provides visual evidence of the groundbreaking mixed race concerts Freed hosted in the 1950s.
ARC-0077 Len De Lessio Photographs, 1971-1976. 0.07 l.f.
The Len DeLessio Photographs consist of 21 images of various rock musicians from the 1970s. Artists include Alice Cooper, Isaac Hayes, Smokey Robinson, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and ZZ Top. The collection provides visual evidence of the diversity of rock music that was being performed during the 1970s and the musicians who were performing it.
ARC-0078 Ricky Vac and the Rock-A-Ways Collection, undated, 5.25. l.f.
The Ricky Vac and the Rock-A-Ways Collection includes two photographs of the group, clippings, an unmarked audiocassette, a CD-R entitled "Rock Hall jpegs," a photocopy of Ricky Vac and the Rock-a-Ways 45 rpms; three newspapers; and one poster advertising a Rock-a-Ways show. As a whole, the collection highlights the career of one of the first racially integrated rock and roll bands and a hit group on Cleveland's airwaves during the late-1950s to early 1960s.
ARC-0079 Eric Caidin Collection of Photographs, circa 1950s-2007, undated, 0.63 l.f.
The Eric Caidin Collectin of Photographs span the years of the 1950s to 2007 and include undated material. The collection consists of black-and-white as well as color photographs of artists, mostly promotional in nature. The images include items from Caidin's inventory at the Hollywood Book and Poster Company, Hollywood, California. The collection provides visual evidence of how record labels marketed artists over the course of six decades and across a diverse range of musical genres, from country to psychedelic rock; pop to punk. Focuses of the collection include the Beatles, the Clash, Cream, Bobby Darin, Deep Purple, Devo, Donovan, Michael Jackson, Joan Jett, Tom Jones, the Kinks, KISS, the "Rat Pack," the Rolling Stones, the Runaways, the Seeds, X, and the Yardbirds. Of particular note is an image of Cannibal and The Headhunters, known as one of the first Mexican-American groups to have a national hit record, "Land of a Thousand Dances."
ARC-0080 T.E. Newsletter (Terry Stewart Collection), 1953-1960, 0.42 l.f.
The T.E. Newsletter was the first of its kind published in the music industry, describing the weekly events at WERE-AM, Cleveland, Ohio, including what artists had been at the station and which records looked promising. The newsletter was distributed to over two hundred agency men, music publishers, columnists, and disc jockeys from coast to coast. The T.E. Newsletter offers a slice of the "Cleveland Scene" during the 1950s and illustrates the city’s influence at the time on the marketing and dissemination of rock and roll.
ARC-0081 Peter Hujar Photographs, 1969-1974, 1.83 l.f.
The Peter Hujar Photographs consist of 11 vintage gelatin silver prints by the artist that are part of a portrait series for Scenes Magazine in 1969 called "Rock Couples."
ARC-0082 Gary Owens Papers, 1959-1962, undated, 0.21 l.f.
The Gary Owens Papers span the years 1959 to 1962 and include undated material. The papers contain photographs of Owens, a handwritten biography, a membership card, and ephemera from radio stations. Owen's papers provide evidence of his career as a radio disc jockey and highlight the importance and role of disc jockeys in the music industry.
ARC-0083 Tom Donahue Papers, 1969-1975, undated, 0.63 l.f.
The Tom Donahue Papers span the years 1969 to 1975 and contain some undated material. The collection consists of business papers, correspondence, interview transcripts, photographs, and printed materials documenting Donahue's career as a popular radio station disc jockey. Of particular note is information about the Wild West Festival and film, a 1969 San Francisco Bay Area high profile music festival that was cancelled a week before it was scheduled to begin; a John Lennon interview transcript; and a dissertation written by Susan Krieger on the history of underground radio. Donahue's papers provide rich documentation of the importance and role of radio disc jockeys in the development and dissemination of rock and roll music and culture.
ARC-0084 Bluefield Auditorium Posters, 1956-1958, 1.83 l.f.
The Bluefield Auditorium Posters span the years 1956 to 1958. The collection consists of seven concert posters for performances held at the auditorium in Bluefield, West Virginia. Performers included Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Ruth Brown, The Coasters, Fats Domino, The Five Satins, Ernie Freeman, Etta James, Little Richard, and "Big" Joe Turner. The collection provides a glimpse into the types of acts that appeared at the Bluefield Auditorium and, most importantly, how the shows were promoted to a segregated audience. Seen in a broader context, the collection provides insights into African American musicians of the period and the types of venues at which they performed.
ARC-0085 James Fortune Photographs, 1967-1979, 0.21 l.f.
The James Fortune Photographs consists of 30 prints that document the rock and roll scene of the late 1960s and 1970s. Artists depicted include Jim Morrison, Led Zeppelin, Iggy Pop, and The Rolling Stones.
ARC-0086 Scrapbooks on the Rolling Stones and Rod Stewart, 1964-1994, 0.5 l.f.
The Scrapbooks on the Rolling Stones and Rod Stewart (1964-1994) document the concert history of the Rolling Stones and Rod Stewart in Lansing, Mich. The scrapbooks contain concert reviews published in Michigan newspapers, and copies of autographed photographs sent to fan Julie Anderson by Stewart and the Rolling Stones.
ARC-0087 LL Cool J Notebook (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Collection), circa 1993, 0.21 l.f.
The LL Cool J Notebook (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Collection), circa 1993, contains handwritten lyrics to songs from the album 14 Shots to the Dome, as well as information on tours and personal appearances, including the 35th Grammy Awards and the Arsenio Hall Show.
ARC-0088 B.B. King Track List (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Collection), undated, 0.21 l.f.
The B.B. King Track List is a handwritten track listing of instrumental songs.
ARC-0090 Genesis Collection, 2007, undated, 0.21 l.f.
The Genesis Collection is comprised of items surrounding the announcement and subsequent "Turn It On Again" concert tour in 2007. Items included are photographs from the tour press conference, tour booklets, and concert stage schematics. The collection provides insight into the process of creating and marketing a highly anticipated concert tour.
ARC-0091 Christopher McLallen Photographs, 2007-2009, 1.0 l.f.
The Christopher McLallen Photographs consist of six portraits of musicians and rock groups. Artists include KT Tunstall, Alejandro Escovedo, the Silversun Pickups, The Dirty Projectors, and The Mystery Jets.
ARC-0092 Øyvind Svele Photographs, 2005, 2010, 1.9 l.f.
The Øyvind Svele Photographs collection contains images of the bands R.E.M. and Metallica from concerts held in Norway in 2005 and 2010. The R.E.M. photographs were printed as a set and sold by the band through their official website. Included here are two oversize lithographs, two 8" x 10" matted prints, and a set of postcards. There are also two 8" x 10" prints from a Metallica concert: one of Robert Trujillo and the other of James Hetfield. The collection provides visual evidence of band marketing techniques.
ARC-0093 Sue Cassidy Clark Collection, 1966-1974, undated, 7.0 l.f.
The Sue Cassidy Clark Collection spans the years 1966 to 1974 and includes undated material. The collection focuses on artists in the San Francisco psychedelic rock scene as well as prominent rock bands of that era. The collection is mainly comprised of interviews Clark conducted on audiocassettes, along with the associated transcripts. Also included is biographical research and clippings on the artists Clark interviewed and wrote about, and flyers and pamphlets for bands and artists performing in and around the San Francisco bay area. Artists of note include Credence Clearwater Revival, Cream, The Doors, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and The Rolling Stones. Clark's collection provides a behind-the-scenes look at rock music journalism and the research and primary source material necessary to the writing process.
ARC-0094 Kiss Poster, 1975 April 19, 1.75 l.f.
The Kiss Poster is a reproduction concert poster from a performance held at William Fremd High School in Palatine, Illinois on April 19, 1975. The concert was sponsored by the school's booster club in hopes of raising money to build a sign to promote upcoming events in front of the school. The Viking's Booster Club received a list of bands that would be in the area from a locate promoter, and the students were allowed to vote for which band they would like to see. The winner, Kiss, was touring with Rush and Rockandy at the time. The reproduction is signed on the back by the donor, Michael R. Powers, and numbered #19 of 19--denoting a limited print run. The collection showcases the marketing of two groups (Kiss and Rush), who were both on the verge of becoming mainstream rock and roll success stories. Seen in a broader context, the collection provides insights into the touring circuit of the mid-1970s, how those shows were promoted, and the performers of that era.
ARC-0095 Joe Walsh Lyrics, undated, 1.25 l.f.
The Joe Walsh Lyrics consist of the handwritten and signed lyrics to "Life's Been Good."
ARC-0096 Bobbi Cowan Public Relations Artist Files, 1956-1997, undated, 0.21 l.f.
The Bobbi Cowan Public Relations Artist Files consist of photographs, clippings, press kits, and correspondence related to Bobbi Cowan, an artist manager. Artists featured in the collection include the Doors, Kathleen Bunny Gibson, Prince, and Spinal Tap. Cowan’s files provide documentation of the importance of the client-agent relationship, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at being an artist and manager in the rock music industry.
ARC-0098 Jules Fisher Papers, 1974-1978, undated, 2.0 l.f.
The Jules Fisher Papers consist of business files for Fisher's lighting production company and five 1/4-inch audio tape reels of performances by David Bowie. The business files are made up of tour schematics, tour contracts, stage design, and personnel information. Artists of note include David Bowie, KISS, Parliament-Funkadelic, and The Rolling Stones. Fisher's papers provide insight to the process of producing a rock and roll concert, specifically the special effects and stage design.
ARC-0099 Letter from President Bill Clinton to 1996 Hall of Fame Inductees, 1996 January 16, 0.07 l.f.
The Presidential Letter to 1996 Hall of Fame Inductees is a typewritten letter from President Bill Clinton congratulating David Bowie, Tom Donahue, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Jefferson Airplane, Little Willie John, Pink Floyd, Pete Seeger, The Shirelles, and the Velvet Ungerground on their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. Accompanying correspondence from James A. Dorskind, Special Assistant to the President, outlines the purposes for which the presidential letter may and may not be used.
ARC-0100 Norm N. Nite Papers, 1983-2009, undated, 0.21 l.f.
The Norm N. Nite Papers showcase Nite's career as a radio personality as well as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The papers consists of biographical information, correspondence, photographs, printed materials, sound recordings, and general Rock and Roll Fall of Fame information. Researchers interested in the formation of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation and Museum will find the correspondence series and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame information series of use.
Archival Collections, ARC-0101 through ARC-0150
ARC-0101 Bob Hamilton Collection, 1982-2006, undated, 1.33 l.f.
The Bob Hamilton collection spans the years 1982-2006, and includes some undated material. The collection consists mainly of correspondence, clippings, and promotional items related to Hamilton’s Radio Report magazine and New Radio Star website, as well as two copies of the CD-ROM, Heart: 20 Years of Rock and Roll. The collection provides insight to the history of radio programming.
ARC-0102 Hyde Street Studios Records, 1978-2006, 1.21 l.f.
The Hyde Street Studios Records span the years 1978 to 2006 and provide insight to the activities of the San Francisco recording studio during the 1980s and 1990s. Founded on the site of a recording destination for artists of note since the late 1960s, the studio was purchased and renamed by current owner Michael Ward in 1980. The collection contains handwritten and typewritten press releases, invoices of services rendered, master schedules from 1981 to 1983, and correspondence. Also included is a folder of documents from Ward's earlier recording venture, Rancho Rivera Recording. Musicians and bands featured are Greg Allman, The Dead Kennedys, Flipper, Don Johnson, and Joe Satriani. The Hyde Street Studios Records document the inner-workings of a prominent recording studio and provide a behind-the-scenes look at an integral part of the music business.
ARC-0103 Jorma Kaukonen Collection, 1964-1970, 2005, 1.63 l.f.
The Jorma Kaukonen Collection spans the years 1964 to 1970 and 2005 and consists of a pre-Jefferson Airplane broadsheet from The Offstage Folk Music Theater, promoting musicians such as Jerry (Jorma) Kaukonen, Jerry Garcia, and Paul Kantner; two letters from then-Jefferson Airplane manager Bill Graham to Kaukonen's mother, Beatrice; unpublished lyrics and a manuscript dating from the 1967 After Bathing at Baxter's period; an invitation to Kaukonen to attend Janis Joplin's funeral at Lion's Share, San Anselmo, California; and a presentation copy of lyrics to "Genesis" created by Kaukonen specifically for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The collection provides a glimpse into the creative process of Jorma Kaukonen and his relationships with manager Bill Graham and Janis Joplin. Seen in a broader context, the collection highlights the late 1960s psychedelic scene in San Francisco, California and its folk beginnings.
ARC-0104 Mertis John Sheet Music, 1996, 0.07 l.f.
The Mertis John Sheet Music consists of three laminated pages of sheet music to "This Is Your Day," written by Mertis John to commemorate the induction of his brother, Little Willie John, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
ARC-0106 Collection on Paul McCartney, 1976-1997, 1.63 l.f.
The Sharon Bell-Horodyski Collection contains items about or related to Paul McCartney, as both a member of the Beatles and a solo artist. These items range from newspaper clippings about his brother Mike McCartney, to concert programs in both English and Japanese, to unique publications, and are from the years 1976-1997. The collection as a whole offers a glimpse into rock fandom.
ARC-0107 Ocean Way Recording Scheduling Book, 1973-1975, 1.25 l.f.
The Ocean Way Recording Scheduling Book is a ledger displaying the comprehensive master schedule for the studio between 1973 and 1975. The ledger represents the beginning years of the company when founder Allen Sides first operated his studio from a garage in Santa Monica, California. Ocean Way continues to function today as an award winning studio hosting a wide variety of celebrity musicians.
ARC-0108 Jill Landon Collection on Paul and Paula, 1963, 1998, undated, 1.25 l.f.
This collection contains memorabilia related to the career of pop singers Paul and Paula.
ARC-0109 Rick Stercz Collection of Photographs, undated, 0.07 l.f.
The Rick Stercz Collection of Photographs contain four color images of David Crosby, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, and Neil Young performing on stage and a second color photograph of Stephen Stills playing banjo. The Collection will be of most use to researchers interested in images of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young or rock concert photography in general.
ARC-0110 Women in Music Artist Files, 1989-2002, 1.0 l.f.
The Women in Music Artist Files span the years 1989 to 2002 and contain biographical information and clippings featuring prominent women in the music industry. The collection provides rich documentation of the impact of women in rock and pop music, specifically in the 1990s.
ARC-0111 Datwon Thomas Collection, 1999-2008, 1.63 l.f.
The Datwon Thomas Collection spans the years 1999 to 2008 and consists of clippings, correspondence, photographs, flyers, and a calendar documenting Thomas' career as a music journalist and includes information on hip-hop and rap artists from the late 1990s to early 2000s. The hip-hop and rap cultures of the time are also documented. Artists of note include Eminem, G Unit, Method Man, and Young Jeezy. The collection showcases the impact of journalism and mass media on the rap and hip-hop music culture.
ARC-0112 Spooner Oldham Papers, 1966-2007, undated, 2.25 l.f.
The Spooner Oldham Papers span the years 1966 to 2007and provide documentation of Oldham's successful career as a musician and songwriter. The materials in the collection include business papers, photographs, printed materials, handwritten songs, and tour schedule booklets. The business papers contain Oldham's contracts with FAME Studios and Atlantic Records, as well as documents from Warner Brothers. The photographs are images of Oldham in the recording studio with various people, including Aretha Franklin. Oldham’s handwritten song lyrics and chord charts are both from his FAME Studios days and later in his career. The schedule booklets in the collection include information about Oldham's tours with Neil Young and Drive-By Truckers. The collection provides rich insight to the personal life of Oldham and the late 1960s music scene surrounding FAME Studios and Atlantic Records.
ARC-0113 Wanda Jackson Papers, 1955-1958, 0.14 l.f.
The Wanda Jackson Papers span the years 1955 to 1958 and contain one photograph of Jackson with her father, Tom, and a list of tour expenses for the 1955-1956 Elvis Presley tour featuring Wanda Jackson.
ARC-0114 Rolling Stone Records, 1965-1990, 250 l.f.
The Rolling Stone Records span the years 1965 to 1990, with the bulk of the records dating between 1974 and 1988. The records are organized into four series: artist files, artist reference and publicity files, copy and research files, and editorial files. The artist files consist of materials organized according to musical artist, including newspaper and magazine clippings referencing the different artists and their performances. This series also contains subject files, covering topics such as various music festivals. The copy and research files make up the majority of the material contained in the Rolling Stone Records. This series is organized according to issue number and most of the magazines between no. 158 and no. 542 are included in this collection. Materials such as print copy, manuscripts, newspaper and magazine clippings, research notes, interview transcripts, and recorded interviews are included in this series. The editorial files contain material relating to various Rolling Stone magazine writers. Of note are correspondence between Rolling Stone and the authors and editors in regards to writing assignments and compensation for these assignments. Please note that series not described here are currently in process and are, therefore RESTRICTED. Consult the Library and Archives staff in advance of your visit to ensure access to these materials is available.
ARC-0115 John Vogel Papers, 1976-1994, undated, 2.34 l.f.
The John Vogel Papers span the years 1976 to 1994 and contain materials Vogel collected while working as a lighting engineer for various rock and roll concert tours. The materials are include photographs, stage designs, tour schedules, and personnel information. Also included in the collection are several oversized tour booklets and some of Vogel's personal files. Artists featured in the collection include Peter Gabriel, Genesis, Kiss, Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, and The Who. Vogel's papers provide rich insight to the process of creating a rock and roll concert show, specifically the stage design and special effects.
ARC-0116 Churchmouse / Moyssi Programs, 1974, 1978-1984, 0.83 l.f.
The Churchmouse / Moyssi Programs span the years 1974 and 1978 to 1984 and consists of black-and-white programs. The programs feature original art by James D. Moyssiadis (aka, Moyssi). They were predominately produced for national touring acts that appeared at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, N.J., but also represent several other venues in New York and New Jersey in association with the "John Scher Presents" series. They were distributed to audiences free of charge, and also contain biographical information on the performers, photographs, and local advertisements. The Churchmouse / Moyssi Programs provide rich insight to rock fan culture of the late-1970s and early 1980s, and showcase the rock music scene on the east coast.
ARC-0117 Tara McPherson Bookmarks and Posters, 2003-2011, 4.07 l.f.
The Tara McPherson Bookmarks and Posters spans the years 2003 to 2011. The collection consists of 26 concert posters and bookmarks designed and created by McPherson. The concert posters feature various bands and concert venues, while the bookmarks promote McPherson's store, Cotton Candy Machine. Bands and artists featured in the collection include Beck, Depeche Mode, Faith No More, Green Day, P.J. Harvey, Mars Volta, and The Melvins. The collection provides a sampling of McPherson's artistic work, across genres and formats. Seen in a broader context, the collection provides insight to how mainstream and alternative rock bands and venues promoted their shows in the early 2000s and serves as a reference to artists that played during that era.
ARC-0118 Bryan Ehlinger Collection of Posters, 1978-1989, 1994, undated, 4.0 l.f.
The Bryan Ehlinger Poster Collection consists of promotional posters used by record companies for advertising and in-store displays from 1978 to 1989 and in 1994. Performers included are David Bowie, Genesis, Jefferson Starship, the Moody Blues, The Scorpions, and Trooper. The collection provides a glimpse into how record companies promoted their artists and the records they released during the late 1970s and 1980s. Seen in a broader context, the collection provides insight to the images and styles used to promote rock and roll music.
ARC-0119 Dream Syndicate Collection, 1979-1988, 0.42 l.f.
The Dream Syndicate Collection spans the years 1979 to 1990 and consists of an audiocassette of early band the Suspects and a test pressing of a Dream Syndicate album; photographs and contact sheets of images of the band; a promotional postcard and stationary; typed and handwritten song lyric manuscripts; and an all access tour pass. The Dream Syndicate Collection provides insight into the inner workings of a touring rock and roll band, as well as the songwriting and recording processes.
ARC-0120 Steve Wainstead Collection, 1988-1998, 6.67 l.f.
The Steve Wainstead Collection consists of audio recordings, music logs, and listener requests during Wainstead's tenure as a dee jay on Cleveland State University's radio station, WCSB 89.3 FM, spanning the years 1988 to 1998. This collection contains over six hundred hours of audio recordings of Wainstead's radio shows Wainstead All Night, Cyclotron, and Punkin' Around. The bulk of these recordings are of Wainstead All Night, Wainstead's longest running and most popular show. The music logs and song requests are a mix of Wainstead's punk rock show Cyclotron and of Wainstead All Night. Local musicians from bands such as Death of Samantha, My Dad Is Dead, and the New Salem Witch Hunters appeared on the recordings for interviews and sometimes co-hosted the show. The Steve Wainstead Collection provides information about bands playing at local venues, is an example of college radio at the apex of its popularity, and offers a slice of the "Cleveland Scene" during the late 1980s through the late 1990s.
ARC-0122 Robert A. Porcher Collection, 1989, 0.08 l.f.
The Robert A. Porcher Collection consists of an Intuition Records press kit for the Brazilian alternative pop band Paralamas.
ARC-0123 Robert Krasnow Collection, 1987-1988, 1.0 l.f.
The Robert Krasnow Collection spans the years 1987 and 1988 with undated material, and consists of VHS videocassettes and files relating to the second and third annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies, as well as a promotional film for Arena Brains. Krasnow's collection provides rich insight into the process of producing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the ceremonies and their guests.
ARC-0124 Elvis Presley and Bill Haley Photograph, 1955 February 26, 0.08 l.f.
This collection consists of one color photograph of Elvis Presley and Bill Haley. Accompanying the photograph is a newspaper clipping with an image of the same photograph, stating that it was Presley's first appearance in Cleveland, opening up for Roy Acuff and Kitty Wells at Brooklyn High School.
ARC-0125 Don Clark Collection, 1991-1994, 0.12 l.f.
The Don Clark Collection contains newsletters and memorabilia relating to Ghoulardi, a fictional character invented and portrayed by disc jockey, voice announcer, and actor Ernie Anderson as the horror host of late night Shock Theater at WJW-TV in Cleveland, Ohio. Also included in the collection are photographs of Don Clark with other local Cleveland celebrities. Clark's collection provides a glimpse into the legacy of a Cleveland popular culture icon.
ARC-0126 Concert Photographs of Les Paul, 2009 May 25, 0.08 l.f.
The Concert Photographs of Les Paul consist of two compact discs of images from one of Paul's last live concerts at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City on March 25, 2009. Paul played at the Iridium nearly every week to the end of his life.
ARC-0127 Joe Coco Collection, 1988-1997, 0.21 l.f.
The Joe Coco Collection spans the years 1988 to 2012 and consists of materials for The Blues House: A Blues Opera, Clicking the Blues, and Hindsight. The collection also contains course materials from "Rock and Rap," an undergraduate class taught by Coco at Montclair State University in New Jersey.
ARC-0128 Howard Kramer Collection, 1991-2006, 1.21 l.f.
The Howard Kramer Collection consists of VHS videocassettes, clippings, obituaries, artist tributes, and press releases. Artists of note include Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Elvis Costello, and Peter Frampton. Kramer's collection provides insight to the history of rock music from the perspective of a collector and music enthusiast.
ARC-0129 Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss Posters, 1970-1975, undated, 3.17 l.f.
The Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss Posters span the years 1970 to 1975 and consist of 23 promotional posters from A&M Records and Ode Records. The artists featured in the posters include Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Cheech & Chong, Humble Pie, Carole King, Billy Preston, Cat Stevens, and Rick Wakeman. The Groucho Marx poster is dated September 24, 1972, though the event was postponed until December 11, 1972 due to illness. The collection provides a glimpse into the promotion of artists on a major American record label, A&M Records. Seen in a broader context, the collection provides insight into the popular music scene of the early to mid-1970s and how those popular artists were promoted to the public. It also serves as a reference for the artists that played during that era.
ARC-0130 William Chylik Collection, 2007 September 1, 4.0 l.f.
The William Chylik Collection consist of two copies of the limited edition poster for the Endless Strummer: A Tribute to Joe Strummer and Benefit for Stummerville concert. The concert took place on September 1, 2007 at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco, California. Performers included the Clash City Rockers (L.A.), La Plebe, David J. and the Odd Numbers, the Hooks, Harrington Saints, the Shakespearos, and the Ferocious Few. The poster, created from a Chuck Sperry photo by Julian Leonard Yewdall of Firehouse Kustom Rockart Co., provides a glimpse into how the Joe Strummer Foundation For New Music raised money, and the artists that supported their efforts. Seen in a broader context, the posters provides insights to the punk rock scene of 2007, its influences, and the graphic styles of promotion used at the time.
ARC-0131 Gary Johnson Collection, 1960s-1970s, 5.0 l.f.
The Gary Johnson Collection consists of three series: Concert Posters, Frank Zappa's 200 Motels: Herb Cohen files, and Zola Taylor, as well as individual items related to The Beatles, Alan Freed, Woody Guthrie, John Lennon, Nirvana, Elvis Presley, Elliot Smith, and Spinal Tap. The collection includes audio recordings, chord charts, clippings, financial and legal documents, manuscripts, posters, sheet music, and teletypes. The material spans from 1940 to 2003 with the bulk of the material dating from 1965 to 1983. The collection provides extensive documentation on the promotion of regional rock and roll acts performing in the Mid- and Northwest of the United States from the mid-1960s to the early 1980s, as well as the production and release of the 1971 film Frank Zappa's 200 Motels. Seen in a broader context, the collection provides insight into the promotion of regional acts, the venues they played, and serves as a reference to performers that were active during that time. The collection also contains information on the management side of the filmmaking process, the arrangement of live musical performance, and reports of celebrity deaths by the press.
ARC-0132 Marv Heiman Papers, 1972-2000, undated, 1.88 l.f.
The Marv Heiman Papers span the years 1972 to 2000, with the bulk of the materials from 1972 to 1980, and consist of awards, magazine articles and various newspaper clippings, contracts, correspondence, a rhythm chart, handwritten lyrics, and photographs related to Heiman's time as the manager for Curtis Mayfield and as an executive for Mayfield's record label Curtom Records. The contracts primarily relate to distribution and ownership deals made by Curtom with Buddah Records and the Warner Music Group. Heiman’s Papers provide documentation of the importance of the manager-client relationship, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at being an artist and manager in the rock music industry.
ARC-0133 Cousin Brucie Morrow Papers, 1959-2010, 2.55 l.f.
The Cousin Brucie Morrow Papers span the years of 1959 to 2010, and consist mainly of photographs and clippings, chronicling Bruce Morrow's career as a popular radio disc jockey, known as "Cousin Brucie." Also included in the collection are press releases from various radio stations where Morrow worked (including WCBS and WABC), fan club files, awards, and some audiovisual recordings of his work. Morrow’s papers provide documentation on the impact of radio disc jockeys on the history of rock music, and a behind-the-scenes look at being a media personality in the rock music industry.
ARC-0134 Mary Martin Papers, circa 1965-2009, undated, 1.55 l.f.
The Mary Martin Papers contain photographs, a manuscript by P.F. Sloan (author of protest song "Eve of Destruction"), newspaper and magazine clippings, a presskit, correspondence, ephemera, biographical information, awards, DVD video-discs, scrapbooks, posters, and an album slick related to Martin's career from the period circa 1965 to 2009, along with some undated material. The collection also contains some sports-related material from the 1970s. The content of the collection is focused on Martin's time as manager for Leonard Cohen and Van Morrison; as an Artist & Repertoire (A&R) representative for Warner Brothers, RCA, Asylum Records, and Mercury; and as an executive director of Earth Communications Office (ECO). Seen in a broader context, the Mary Martin Papers provide a glimpse into the A&R profession, while highlighting the life and career of a successful woman in a stereotypically male profession.
ARC-0135 Joe Reiling Papers, 1985-1989, 1992, 2008, undated, 0.21 l.f.
The Joe Reiling Papers span the years 1985-1989, 1992, 2008 and include some undated material. The Papers contain documents related to the careers of disc jockeys Joe Reiling, Renda Lowe, and Damion Bragdon and include photographs, documents of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service Programming Center, newspaper clippings, biographical information, advertisement copy, and radio production sheets. The papers provide a glimpse into the life and career of radio disc jockeys.
ARC-0136 Del Shannon Collection, 1947-1996, undated, 3.92 l.f.
The Del Shannon Collection spans the years 1947 to 1996 with the bulk of the material dating between 1961 and 1964. It consists of clippings and newspapers featuring Shannon, fan club files, personal files, photographic materials, promotional files, scrapbooks, sheet music, and song files. Items of note include correspondence between Shannon and his family while on tour in the 1960s and 1970s, high school memorabilia, and the handwritten lyrics to many of Shannon’s popular hits, including "Runaway." Shannon’s papers provide documentation of the personal life and rising fame of a pioneering rock music artist. The correspondence intimately shows Shannon's relationship with his family; while the fan club files provide a base line for how rock music fandom has evolved over time.
ARC-0137 Tom Miller Collection, 1981-2002, 5.5 l.f.
The Tom Miller Collection spans the years 1981 to 2004. The collection contains material regarding Cleveland, Ohio bands, of which Tom Miller was a member, with the bulk of the material focusing on Starvation Army and the Offbeats. The audio recordings in the collection contain test pressings and studio master audio tapes for both Starvation Army and the Offbeats. There are concert flyers that largely advertise Cleveland-area bands playing at local venues, with a few national bands included, such as Hüsker Dü and the Misfits. The Offbeats material includes the copyright registration for one of their songs, press kits, and a performance contract. The material on Starvation Army is largely for the later years of 1987-1990, when Tom Miller was a member of the band, and includes advertisements, a press kit, and a copy of the contract between Starvation Army and Rave Records. The oversize material in the collection includes original album art for two Starvation Army releases and for a compilation album of Cleveland musicians titled, From the Eerie Shore. Also included are several posters for the Offbeats and Starvation Army. The collection provides information on the history of the Cleveland bands Starvation Army and the Offbeats; in a broader sense, this collection provides valuable information on the types of concerts performed and venues that were in operation in the Cleveland-area during the 1980s and 1990s.
ARC-0138 Dr. Z Amplification Collection, undated, 4.07 l.f.
The Dr. Z Amplification Collection consists of a signed photograph from Brad Paisley, a photograph of Mike Zaite with Joe Walsh, a poster signed by John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, and specifications for a gold Bolin Stratocaster presented to Mike Zaite by Steve Miller with an accompanying handwritten note. The items are indicative of the relationship that exists between performers and specialized equipment manufacturers.
ARC-0139 Michael Goldstein Collection on Jimi Hendrix, 1967-1993, 1.33 l.f.
Michael Goldstein Collection on Jimi Hendrix spans the years 1967 to 1993, with the bulk of the materials dating between 1967 and 1970. The collections consists of clippings, ephemera, photographs, and press releases related to Jimi Hendrix. The collection provides rich documentation of Hendrix's short yet influential music career.
ARC-0140 Otis Redding Collection, 1964-1968, undated, 0.07 l.f.
The Otis Redding Collection contains contracts, correspondence, photographs, receipts, and sheet music that span 1964 to 1967, and includes some undated materials. The materials are arranged in the order in which they were received by the Museum. The collection consists of a few of Redding's treasured personal effects and career mementos that spotlight his life and musical legacy.
ARC-0141 Collection on Tommy Edwards (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Collection), 1955-2009, 6.5 l.f.
The Collection on Tommy Edwards spans the years 1955 to 2009 and consists mainly of newspaper clippings and photographs related to the career of Tommy Edwards. Another focus of the collection is "Solid Gold Scrapbook" record albums from 1988 to 1990. The Collection on Tommy Edwards provides insight into the personal life and career of Edwards, as well as a look into the music scene of the greater Cleveland area.
ARC-0142 Collection on the Monkees, 1967-1991, undated, 9.5. l.f.
The Collection on the Monkees spans the years 1967 to 1991 and includes some undated materials. The collection consists of noncommercial audiovisual recordings of Monkees interviews, press conferences, concerts, rehearsals, and television appearances. Also featured in the collection are calendars, clippings, fan club files, and scrapbooks devoted to the Monkees' fan following. The Collection on the Monkees provides rich documentation of the band, as well as the group's impact on its loyal fans. It is arranged alphabetically by type of material.
ARC-0143 Sony Music Entertainment Collection, 2010-2012, 4.0 l.f.
The Sony Music Entertainment Collection (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Collection) consists of posters and promotional displays for recording artists whose work was released or re-released on the Sony Music Entertainment record label in either 2010 or 2011. Artists featured include AC/DC, Adele, the Dave Matthews Band, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Kings of Leon, Elvis Presley, Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart, the Strokes, and Tedeschi Trucks Band, among others. Materials are arranged alphabetically by performer.
ARC-0145 Irwin Rabinowitz Collection, 1948-1970, undated, 3.34 l.f.
The Irwin Rabinowitz Collection spans the years 1948 to 1970 and includes some undated material. The collection consists of receipt books and song arrangements. The Collection provides insight into the song writing process of the 1950s and 1960s, when handwritten song arrangements were common.
ARC-0146 Collection on Eric Clapton, 1999-2011, 3.21 l.f.
The Collection on Eric Clapton spans the years 1999 to 2011. The collection contains setlists, posters, and tour itineraries for Clapton concerts. The collection provides insight into the process of the concert tour and, specifically, into the daily life of Clapton on tour.
ARC-0147 Drag City Collection, 1990-1998, 4.21 l.f.
The Drag City Collection consists of audiocassette recordings, posters, and promotional material for both Drag City Records and the artists appearing on the record label, spanning the years 1990 to 1995. Artists covered by materials in the collection include Pavement, Palace Brothers, and Royal Trux.
ARC-0148 Collection on George Clinton and Parliament (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Collection), 1971-1988, undated, 2.29 l.f.
The Collection on George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic spans the years 1971 to 1988 with some undated materials and consists primarily of notebooks containing handwritten song lyrics and drawings done by George Clinton. Also included in the collection are business papers, printed materials, and two pieces of sheet music. The Collection on George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic provides rich documentation of Clinton's song writing process as well as insight into Clinton's impact of the evolution of funk and rock music.
ARC-0149 Jazz and Blues Playbill Collection (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Collection), 1923-1952, 1.92 l.f.
The Jazz and Blues Playbill Collection spans the years 1923 to 1952 and consists of playbills from early jazz and blues concerts. Artists featured in this collection include: Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Cab Calloway, "Big Sid" Catlett, Charles Mingus Quintet, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Fletcher Henderson, Billie Holiday, Duke Jordan, Lead Belly, Loumell Morgan Trio, Brownie McGhee, Thelonius Monk, Charlie Parker, Tommy Potter, Ma Rainey, Buddy Rich, Max Roach, Curly Russell, Bessie Smith, Mamie Smith, Art Tatum, Sonny Terry, Fats Waller, Dinah Washington, and Chick Webb. There is also a playbill featuring Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. The collection provides rich insight to the early jazz and blues scenes that helped shape rock and roll music.
ARC-0150 Josh Gottheil Papers, 1976-2009, undated, 3.17 l.f.
The Josh Gottheil Papers contains material related to the life of Josh Gottheil from the period 1974 to 2009 and includes some undated material. The collection materials are focused primarily on the Champaign-Urbana alternative and punk music scenes, in which Josh was an active figure from an early age, performing in and promoting local bands and, later, bringing headlining acts to perform in the area. His impact on the Champaign-Urbana scene can be traced through the wealth of ephemera and other documentation available on his various activities, while his impact upon individuals within that scene is palpable through the articles, memoirs, and correspondence written during his illness and after his untimely death. The collection as a whole provides a glimpse into the management and promotion of local bands, specifically in the Midwest, as well as the career of a very unique musician-turned-promoter. The types of materials found in the collection include advertisements; calendars; clippings; correspondence; documents, including venue applications, bank statements, contracts, forms, guidelines, and letterhead; ephemera such as brochures, flyers, and tickets; fanzines; friends’ memories of Josh; graphic materials in the form of a cartoon, photographs, postcards, posters, and publicity mockups; mailing and guest lists; newspapers; press releases; printouts of blog postings and online articles; and a yearbook. Artists of note in the collection include ¡Ack-Ack!, Jello Biafra, Bowery Boys, Billy Bragg, the Breeders, Camper Van Beethoven, Didjits, Farmboys, Flaming Lips, Hüsker Dü, the Pixies, R.E.M., the Replacements, Jonathan Richman, and Gottheil’s two bands, the Dangerous Acquaintances and the Dead Relatives. A number of items in the collection relate to the Better Youth Organization, a University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana student group to promote alternative music; the Leukemia Society of America; Mabel’s, a music venue in Champaign, Illinois; the No More Censorship Defense Fund; Record Swap and Record Service, two area record stores; the Urbana Park District; and Gottheil’s two concert promotion companies, Subservice Sounds and Concert One Productions.
Archival Collections, ARC-0151 through ARC-0200
ARC-0151 Lindsey Kuhn Posters, 1993-1994, 12.07 l.f.
The Lindsey Kuhn Collection spans the years 1991-2012 and include undated materials. The collection consists of 174 concert posters and one flyer by Kuhn; arranged chronologically by performance date, then alphabetically by artist where necessary. The posters feature various bands, including the Black Keys, Cramps, Devo, Didjits, Flaming Lips, Flogging Molly, Fudge Factory, Reverend Horton Heat, Judas Priest, MC5, Modest Mouse, Queens of the Stone Age, Marky Ramone, Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth, Vines, and White Zombie. Concert venues featured include the Bluebird Theatre, Casbah, Emo's, Fillmore Auditorium (Denver, Colorado), Gothic Theatre, Green Door, Jabberjaw Cafe, Larimer Lounge, Ogden Theatre, and One Eyed Jacks. The collection provides a sampling of Kuhn's artistic work, and, seen in a broader context, provides insight to how alternative rock bands and venues promoted their shows from the early 1990s to 2012, and serves as a reference to artists that played during that era.
ARC-0152 Kill Rock Stars Collection, 1991-2010, undated, 22.5 l.f.
The Kill Rock Stars Collection spans the years 1991-2010. It contains eighteen boxes of materials relating to Kill Rock Stars, including press releases, press clippings, original photographs, tour dates, radio reports, biographical information, art proofs, and original poster art. Also included is one box of files related to 5 Rue Christine, a subsidiary record company run by Kill Rock Stars.
ARC-0153 Lollapalooza Festival Press Release and Poster, 1991, 4.07 l.f.
The Lollapalooza Festival Press Release and Poster consists of one press release from June 17, 1991 for the August 5, 1991 concert at Blossom Music Festival, and a concert poster that was sold at the 1991 festival. The concert poster features artwork by Grant Blaha of Autodesk, Inc. Performers listed on the poster include the Butthole Surfers, Ice-T, Jane's Addiction, Living Colour, Nine Inch Nails, the Rollins Band, and Siouxsie and the Banshees. The collection provides information on the August 5, 1991 Lollapalooza Festival concert at Blossom Music Center, the ninth stop on the tour during the Festival's first year. Seen in a broader context, the collection provides insight to how festivals were promoted in the early 1990s and serves as a reference to artists that played during that era.
ARC-0154 Mile 44 Posters, 2005-2011, 4.0 l.f.
Mile 44 Posters span the years 2005 to 2011, and consist of 36 concert posters designed and created by Stacy Curtis and Dave Windisch. The concert posters feature various bands and concert venues throughout the United States, but primarily those in Illinois and Indiana. Bands and artists featured in the collection include Camera Obscura, Dinosaur, Jr., Guided By Voices, Melvins, Natalie Portman's Shaved Head, Pretty Girls Make Graves, Henry Rollins, Ronnie Spector, Spoon, and Toadies. The collection provides a sampling of Curtis and Windisch's artistic work, across musical genres. Seen in a broader context, the collection provides insight into how mainstream and alternative rock bands and venues promoted their shows in the early 2000s, and serves as a reference to performers that played during that era.
ARC-0155 Rona Elliot Papers, 1963-2008, undated, 2.0 l.f.
The Rona Elliot Papers span the years 1963 to 2008. The collection consists of two series: artist and personal files. The artist files consist mainly of research material, clippings, and notes used by Elliot during her career as music correspondent for the Today show. Artists represented include Joan Baez, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, and George Harrison; there is also a substantial amount of material on the Amnesty International benefit concerts in 1986. This series is meant as a sampling rather than an exhaustive list of artists interviewed by Elliot during her ten years with Today. The personal files contains a small number of Elliot's personal papers and notes. The collection provides insight into music journalism in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, as well as highlights from the career of a current board member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
ARC-0156 Manny and Skippy Gerard Collection, 1967-1982, undated, 0.42 l.f.
The Manny and Skippy Gerard Collection spans the years 1967 to 1982, and includes some undated material. The Collection consists of approximately four hundred calendars, handbills, newsletters, and promotional cards from concerts in the San Francisco Bay area, with a few additional items from venues scattered across the country. Artists of note in the Collection include Big Brother and the Holding Company, Buffalo Springfield, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Deep Purple, Flamin' Groovies, The Grateful Dead, Humble Pie, Jefferson Airplane, Mamas and the Papas, Santana, and Ten Years After. The San Francisco Bay area venues featured in the Collection are Armenian Hall, Avalon Ballroom, Berkeley Community Theatre, California Hall, Carousel Ballroom, Casa Loma Swim Club, Cedar Alley, Committee Theater, Cow Palace, Dolores Park, Dovre Hall, Fillmore Auditorium, Inn of the Beginning, Keystone Korner, Longbranch, Longshoreman's Hall, Mandrakes, Matrix, New Monk, New Orleans House, Orphanage Restaurant, Pauley Ballroom, Pepperland, Regency Ballroom, Resurrection Ballroom, San Diego Community Concourse Convention Hall, Straight Theatre, West Dakota, Western Front, and the Winterland Ballroom. Other venues include the Mammoth Gardens (Denver, Colo.), Portland Memorial Coliseum, Vulcan Gas Company (Austin, Tex.), and Westside-6 (Detroit, Mich.). A number of items in the Collection are related to the Inn of the Beginning in Cotati, Calif. This Collection provides rich documentation of the San Francisco Bay area music scene in the late-1960s and 1970s, and offers a look into the venues, performers, poster art styles, and culture of the era. The Collection is arranged alphabetically by venue; the arrangement continues chronologically within each file.
ARC-0157 OKPANTS Posters, 2006-1020, 4.0 l.f.
OKPANTS Posters spans the years 2006 to 2010, and consists of 12 concert posters designed and created by Aaron Sechrist through his company OKPANTS. The concert posters feature various performers and concert venues throughout the Northeast Ohio area. Bands and artists featured in the collection include Adele, Angels & Airwaves, Alice Cooper, Fall Out Boy, Lil Wayne, Nas, and Slayer. The collection provides a sampling of Sechrist's artistic work, across musical genres and formats. Seen in a broader context, the collection provides insight into how mainstream and alternative rock bands, hip-hop artists, and venues promoted their shows in the early 2000s and serves as a reference to performers that played during that era.
ARC-0158 Joe Smith Papers, 1947-1999, undated, 7.0 l.f.
The Joe Smith Papers span the years 1947 to 1999, with the bulk of the collection dating between 1980 and 1999. The collection consists of six types of material: appointment books, telephone logs, correspondence, office files, notepads, and graphic materials. The collection focuses mainly on Smith's research for his book, Off the Record, but there are also several items of note in that relate to Smith's early career as a disk jockey.
ARC-0159 DeForest Canfield Playtapes, undated, 0.5 l.f.
The DeForest Canfield Playtapes collection consists of a short-lived audio format called the "Playtape." Playtape is a 2-track tape cartridge, much like 8-track tapes, but smaller in both physical size and the amount of content held on the tape. Introduced onto the market in 1967, this format was no longer available by 1969. This collection of tapes includes such artists as Herb Alpert, The Beatles, Ray Charles, Nat King Cole, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Herman's Hermits, The Lettermen, Dean Martin, and Frank Sinatra.
ARC-0160 James Davis Rheem Posters, 2001-2010, 4.0 l.f.
James Rheem Davis Posters span the years 2001 to 2010 and consist of 82 concert posters, designed and created by Davis through his company GIÄNTSÜMO. The concert posters feature various bands and concert venues from across the United States, but are primarily focused in the Southwest. Bands and artists featured in the collection include The Bronx, Coldplay, Dashboard Confessional, Franz Ferdinand, Green Day, Head Automatica, Megadeath, My Chemical Romance, Pink, Slayer, Snow Patrol, Taking Back Sunday, Tool, and Weezer. Venues include The Fillmore and The Warfield. The collection provides a sampling of Davis' artistic work across musical genres. Seen in a broader context, the collection provides insight into how mainstream and alternative rock bands and venues promoted their shows from 2001 to 2010 and serves as a reference to performers that were active during that era.
ARC-0161 Jimmy Baynes Collection, 1953-1983, undated, 0.83 l.f.
The Jimmy Baynes Collection (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Collection) spans the years 1953 to 1983 and includes some undated materials, with the bulk of the collection materials falling between the years 1955 and 1966. The Jimmy Baynes Collection is arranged into eight series by content: Jimmy Baynes, artists, distributors, radio stations, venues, unidentified individuals, unidentified groups, and miscellaneous. The collection consists of black-and-white and color photographs and negatives taken at Cleveland music halls, as well as some promotional materials for local artists, concerts, radio stations, record distributors, and venues. Prominent artists featured in this collection include: Louis Armstrong, LaVern Baker, Count Basie, James Brown, Ruth Brown, Ray Charles, Bill Doggett, the Drifters, the Four Tops, Aretha Franklin, Alan Freed, Bill Haley and the Comets, Roy Hamilton, Lionel Hampton, Mahalia Jackson, Louis Jordan, Jerry Lee Lewis, Frankie Lymon, Memphis Slim, Rick Nelson, the O'Jays, the Platters, Lloyd Price, the Temptations, Joe Tex, Martha and the Vandellas, Dinah Washington, and Jackie Wilson. Cleveland venues/locations featured include the Ankara, Band Box, the Birdland Lounge, Cabin Club, Carlton House, Cleveland Arena, Club Manhattan, Club Trinidad, Cotton Club, Gus's Show Bar Lounge, Lake Glen Country Club, the Lancer, Leo's Casino, the Lorain Armory, Masonic Temple, the Mirror Show Bar, Music Box, Pla-mor Ballroom, the Sheraton-Cleveland, Statler Hotel, and the Wheel Lounge. These materials provide rich insight to the R&B, jazz, and rock performers of the 1950s and 1960s, but more specifically to the local Cleveland music community of that time. Handwritten notes in pencil found on the backs of any photographs were taken by the processing archivist during a meeting on January 9, 2013 with local jazz historian Joe Mosbrook, former Cleveland Public Library music librarian Bill Anderson, George Hendricks of the vocal group, the Hesitations, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum employees Beverly Flowers and Howard Kramer. Extended notes included for some of the artists and venues are the result of research conducted for the Library and Archives' exhibit, "Through the Lens of Jimmy Baynes: Cleveland Rock and Roll History, 1950s-1960s" (February-April 2013).
ARC-0162 Nels "Jagmo" Jacobson Collection, 1982-2007, 5.42 l.f.
The Nels "Jagmo" Jacobson Collection spans the years 1982 to 2007 and consists of eight Club Foot Footprints newsletters with copy and design by Nels Jacobson, 56 event and concert posters, and a printer's proof for the 1992 South By Southwest Music and Media Conference program cover, designed and created by Jacobson through his company Jagmo. The concert and event posters feature various bands and concert venues across the United States but primarily in the Austin, Texas area. Bands and artists featured in the collection include the B-52's, James Brown, John Cale, Dead Kennedy's, Bob Dylan, John Lee Hooker, B. B. King, Etta James, Willie Nelson, New Order, NRBQ, Pixies, Iggy Pop, Public Image Limited, R.E.M., and Suzanne Vega. Events featured include Flatstock and the South By Southwest Music and Media Conference. The collection provides a sampling of Nels "Jagmo" Jacobson's artistic work across musical genres. Seen in a broader context, the collection provides insight into how regional and mainstream performers and venues promoted their shows from 1982 to 2007 and serves as a reference to artists that were actively performing during that time.
ARC-0164 Mike Hoyt, 1968, 1977-1980, 4.07 l.f.
The Mike Hoyt Collection spans the years 1968 and 1977 to 1980. The Collection consists of one postcard, one concert poster, one autographed concert poster reprint, and two separate autographs. The collection provides a glimpse into the late 1960s San Francisco music and art scene. Seen in a broader context, the collection provides insights to the promotion of rock artists and concerts and the graphic design of the period.
ARC-0166 Big Beat Heat Collection, circa 1920s-1995, 2.5 l.f.
The Big Beat Heat Collection spans the years of the 1920s to 1995 and includes some undated materials. The collection contains mostly photocopied research materials, a few photos, and different drafts of Jackson's first book, Big Beat Heat: Alan Freed and the Early Years of Rock & Roll. The book Big Beat Heat documents Alan Freed's life and his introduction and dissemination of rock and roll to the masses through radio and television, as well as the payola scandals of the late 1950s that exposed the links between radio airplay, record promotion, and the mob. The majority of the collection materials relate to media coverage of Freed's career and his early involvement in rock and roll promotion and entertainment. A few recordings of his broadcasts on various radio networks are included on audiocassette. The collection also contains a transcript of Freed's testimony to the U.S. House Payola Subcommittee that was restricted from public view until Jackson's request for his book research. There is no personal information on Jackson in this collection, so these materials will be of most use to researchers interested in Alan Freed, the early days of rock and roll promotion, and popular music radio broadcasting. This collection was formally known as the John A. Jackson Papers.
ARC-0167 Howie Klein Collection, 1983-2003, 9.33 l.f.
The Howie Klein Collection consists of electronic press kits, posters, artist itineraries, and the Warner/Chappell "Mighty Three Music Catalog." The material in this collection spans the years 1983 to 2001. Artists and bands appearing in the collection include B-52's, Barenaked Ladies, BoDeans, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Eric Clapton, Cult, The Cuts, Tanya Donelly, Depeche Mode, Faith No More, Filter, Fleetwood Mac, Joni Mitchell, Kasey Chambers, Lou Reed, Replacements, Steely Dan, Neil Young, and Zwan. This collection provides material on a cross section of bands and artists who appeared on the labels during his time as a record executive at Sire, Reprise, and Warner Brothers.
ARC-0168 Adam Fields Collection on Great Balls of Fire, 1957, 1986-1989, 9.46 l.f.
The Adam Fields Collection on Great Balls of Fire spans the years 1957 and 1986 to 1989, with the bulk of the collection dating between 1988 and 1989. The collection consists of promotional materials, audiovisual materials, and scripts primarily to related the 1989 film Great Balls of Fire, but also related to Jerry Lee Lewis. The files contains audiocassettes, a presskit, photographs, posters, programs, prop newspapers, scripts, slides, and videotapes. Seen in a broader context, the collection provides insight to the process of producing a major motion picture based on the life of well-known rock and roll performer.
ARC-0169 Collection on Bruce Springsteen, 1974-1976, undated, 4.42 l.f.
The Collection on Bruce Springsteen spans the years 1974 to 1976 and consists of two promotional posters and one lyric sample or rhyme sheet handwritten by Bruce Springsteen. The collection provides a look at how Bruce Springsteen was promoted by Columbia Records in the mid-1970s and his creative process. Seen in a broader context, the collection provides insight into the songwriting process and various ways in which record labels promoted their performers.
ARC-0171 Les Paul Interview, 2005 August, 0.07 l.f.
The Les Paul Interview consists of one DVD containing a 62-minute interview with Les Paul on The Joey Reynolds Show, a nationally syndicated radio program hosted by former Top 40 radio personality Joey Reynolds. The footage was photographed and edited by donor Sandi Bachom.
ARC-0172 Bob Bartel Collection, 1963-2001, 0.42 l.f.
The Bob Bartel Collection, which spans the years 1963 to 2001, contains clippings and VHS video recordings related to the proposed demolition of the house of Louise Harrison Caldwell, sister of George Harrison, in Benton, Illinois. An amateur Beatles historian, Bartel lobbied to have the house preserved as a bed and breakfast. The collection also contains an interview Bartel did with a syndicated radio show produced by Westwood One.
ARC-0173 California '66 Revue Poster, 2009 August 4-2009 August 18, 1.58 l.f.
The California '66 Revue Poster is dated August 4-18, 2009. The poster is designed to promote the bands and 14 venues on the tour. Seen in a broader context, the poster provides insight to nostalgia tours.
ARC-0174 Led Zeppelin Concert Poster, 1969 August 1, 2.5 l.f.
The Led Zeppelin Concert Poster is for the August 1 show on their 1969 U.S. tour, at the Earl Warren Show Grounds in Santa Barbara, California. Supporting acts were Jethro Tull and the Fraternity of Man.
ARC-0175 Collection on The Everly Brothers, 1973-1988, undated, 1.83 l.f.
The Collection on the Everly Brothers spans the years 1973 to 1988 and includes some undated material. The Collection focuses mainly on the Everly Brothers' reunion tour in 1987. It includes clippings related to their reunion tour, as well as their visit to their hometown of Shenandoah, Iowa, following their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. Also in the Collection is a small amount of correspondence, including a copy of a letter sent to the Everly Brothers' mother following her lawsuit against Don Everly, concert programs from the 1987 tour, and various fan club publications and membership information.
ARC-0176 Glen Smith Collection, 1975-1977, 1981, 4.0 l.f.
The Glen Smith Collection spans the years 1975 to 1977 and 1981, and consists of four concert posters promoting shows for Bruce Springsteen and the E. Street Band, Led Zeppelin, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The collection provides a look at how these specific performers promoted their shows and the venues they played. Seen in a broader context, the collection provides insight into the promotional and graphic styles used during this period.
ARC-0177 LeRoi C. Johnson Collection on Rick James, 1930-1991, 4.21 l.f.
The LeRoi C. Johnson Collection on Rick James spans the years 1930 to 1991, with the bulk of the collection dating between 1971 and 1983. The collection consists of two files, one containing documents and one containing photographs, and a 1983 concert poster--all pertaining to the life and career of Rick James. The documents file contains material on the life and career of Rick James, and includes two copies of James' 1978 arrest record for marijuana possession; the Congressional Record from October 19, 1981 (James' second cousin, Rep. Louis Stokes, entered an article about James into the record); talking points and questions for a meeting with MTV on the lack of R&B music on the networ; and part of a April 18, 1983 article in Newsweek on MTV. The photographs file contains 40 photographs of various sizes, and includes photographs of James performing on stage, as well as relaxing with family and friends. Some of the photographs are marked as copyright of "Captan Clint." There are several portraits of family members, including James' parents, and promotional photographs of the Mary Jane Girls, a band James produced, and fellow Motown recording artists, Kagny and the Dirty Rats. People and dates have been identified where possible. The collection provides a glimpse into the private and public life of Rick James, as collected by his brother and manager, LeRoi C. Johnson.
ARC-0178 Joe Buchwald Papers, 1967-1990, undated, 1.42 l.f.
The Joe Buchwald Papers span the years 1967 to 1990, and include some undated material. The Papers includes artist agreements, correspondence regarding demo tapes and royalties, contracts, legal materials related to royalties disputes with RCA, and attorney billing statements. Some of the material in this collection is related to Buchwald as father, manager, and executive producer for Marty Balin, the founder and one of the lead vocalists for Jefferson Airplane.
ARC-0179 Keith Sinzinger Collection, 1991-2001, 4.34 l.f.
The Keith Sinzinger Collection spans the years 1991 to 2001, with the bulk of the material falling between 1996-1999. The Collection contains nearly one thousand individual pieces of printed ephemera, including flyers, postcards, and posters collected by Keith Sinzinger at raves in the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore areas. The Collection also includes an audio interview by Patrice Dickens with Mark Andersen for The Common Denominator, and a manuscript for Dance of Days: Two Decades of Punk in the Nation's Capital by Andersen and Mark Jenkins. Typically, the rave flyers were handed out to people leaving the event, or they were placed on car windshields during the event. To a lesser extent they could also be picked up at general music shops and local record shops geared towards a DJ-oriented crowd. These sorts of events were also promoted--sometimes exclusively--on members-only computer listservs.
ARC-0180 Rolling Stones 35mm Film Reels, 1974, 2.55 l.f.
The Rolling Stones 35mm Film Reels consists of two 17-minute promos for the 1974 concert film Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones.
ARC-0181 House of Blues Radio Hour, 1994-1998, 1.42 l.f.
The House of Blues Radio Hour collection consists of compact discs of the program, a weekly radio show produced by Ben Manila and initially distributed by CBS Radio. The show began in 1993 and is hosted by Dan Aykroyd (aka, Elwood Blues). The shows in this collection span 1994 to 1998, and there are two compact discs for each show in most cases. Each show includes a printed program that lists the songs and commercial broadcast schedule.
ARC-0182 Mandy Aftel Interviews on Brian Jones, 1974, 0.5 l.f.
The Mandy Aftel Interviews on Brian Jones consist of 15 original audiocassette interviews recorded by Mandy Aftel with friends of Brian Jones in 1974 for Aftel's research for the publication Death of a Rolling Stone: The Brian Jones Story (New York: Delilah Books, 1982). Interviewees featured on the audiocassettes include American rock journalist Al Aronowitz; Jo Bergman, the Rolling Stones' personal assistant from 1967-1973; Jim Carter-Fae, manager of the club The Speakeasy; Bo Diddley; Kathy Etchingham, one of Jimi Hendrix's girlfriends during the 1960s; filmmaker and music manager Giorgio Gomelsky; close friend of Jones, Richard Hattrell; Jon Hendricks of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross; recording engineer and record producer Glyn Johns; Peter Jones, journalist with the Record Mirror; blues musician and radio broadcaster Alexis Korner; Linda and Donovan Leitch (Donovan); Keith Richards and Ian Stewart of the Rolling Stones; and 1960s London model and former girlfriend of Jones, Penelope Tree.
ARC-0184 Neil Young DVD, 1990, 0.07 l.f.
The Neil Young DVD contains footage of Neil Young giving a tour of the barn where he recorded "Ragged Glory."
ARC-0185 Interviews on A Hard Day's Night, 1994, 0.21 l.f.
Interviews on A Hard Day's Night consist of video interviews with Phil Collins, Richard Lester, and Walter Shenson, surrounding the 30th anniversary of the Beatles' film, A Hard Day's Night. The film was produced by Shenson, and directed by Lester; while Collins had an uncredited role as a boy in the concert audience.
ARC-0186 Jerry Butler Awards, 1970-1993, 0.07 l.f.
The Jerry Butler Awards collection contains four awards granted to the singer, as well as one certificate of nomination declaring Butler a candidate for commissioner of Cook County, Ill.
ARC-0188 Chuck Mason Collection, 1966-1983, 1996, undated, 9.21 l.f.
The Chuck Mason Collection spans the years 1966 to 1996, with the bulk of the collection dating between 1966 to 1973. The Collection consists of 57 1/4-inch, 1/2-inch, 1-inch, and 2-inch audio tape reels of recordings made at Criteria Recording Studio in Miami, Florida, primarily for Atlantic Records' recording artists from 1966 to 1973. Some of these sessions may have been produced by Tom Dowd. Artists include James Anderson, the Bee Gees, Archie Bell and the Drells, Jimmy Cliff, Dr. John, Pete Dumser, Iron Butterfly, Jo Mama, April Lawton, Mylon LeFevre, Mitch Miller, Patterson Singers, Ramatam, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Jerry Williams. The Collection also includes some promotional material for Option 30, a synth-pop band Trent Reznor was in before forming Nine Inch Nails, and part of a 1996 Spin interview with Reznor. The Collection provides a rare look into recordings made at Criteria Recordings Studio for Atlantic Records in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Seen in a broader context, the Collection provides insight to the recording process as it existed from 1966 to 1973.
ARC-0189 Larry Schorr Photographs, 1973-1979, 0.07 l.f.
The Larry Schorr Photographs span the years 1973 to 1979, and contain sixteen digital photographs of live performances in the San Francisco Bay area. Artists that are pictured include Jello Biafra with the Dead Kennedys, David Byrne with the Talking Heads, Elvis Costello, Doug Feiger with the Knack, Peter Gabriel solo and with Genesis, Debbie Harry with Blondie, Bob Marley, Mark Mothersbaugh and Jerry Casale with Devo, Johnny Ramone with the Ramones, Patti Smith, Dave Vanian with the Damned, and Sid Vicious with the Sex Pistols. The images capture important events for a number of these groups, including the first U.S. shows for Elvis Costello and the Dead Kennedys, and the first U.S. tours for Peter Gabriel (solo) and the Knack.
ARC-0191 Collection on the Beatles, 1964, undated, 0.07 l.f.
The Collection on the Beatles consists of clippings from southwest Ohio newspapers and various teen magazines, as well as three "United States of Beatlemania" treasury notes featuring George Harrison, John Lennon, and Paul McCartney.
ARC-0194 George Clinton Sketch, 2011, 0.07 l.f.
The George Clinton Sketch was created by Clinton on July 31, 2011 during his Hall of Fame interview with Howard Kramer at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
ARC-0195 Laura Peskin Collection, 1969-1993, undated, 0.07 l.f.
The Laura Peskin Collection spans the years 1969 to 1993 and includes some undated material. The collection contains 45 rpm record sleeves, handbills, and postcards related to various artists, including The Beatles, Jackson Browne, Alice Cooper, the Cure, Mary Hopkin, House of Large Sizes, Jesus and Mary Chain, Jethro Tull, Joan Jett, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Julian Lennon, The Monkees, the Moody Blues, Ringo Starr, The Temptations, Traffic, and White Lion.
ARC-0196 Collection on Granicus, 1973, 0.25 l.f.
The Collection on Granicus contains photographs and biographical material related to the short-lived Cleveland-based hard rock band Granicus. The collection provides a unique insight into the rock music culture of Rust Belt-era Cleveland.
ARC-0197 Schwartz Brothers, Inc. Records, 1955-1992, 10.21 l.f.
Schwartz Brothers, Inc. Records spans the years 1955 to 1992, with the bulk of the collection dating between 1965 and 1985. The collection consists primarily of vendor files compiled by Schwartz Brothers, Inc. during their day to day operations from 1965 to 1985. These files contain catalogs, correspondence, and invoices from the various record companies, large and small, whose records the Schwartz Brothers, Inc. distributed. The Arista Records, Inc. and Motown Record Corporation files also contain legal documents, including depositions, for two separate court cases against the two companies in which Schwartz Brothers, Inc. was the plaintiff. Other materials in the collection relate to the promotion of Schwartz Brothers, Inc. and their chain of record stores, Harmony Hut. Included are advertising, articles, photographs, and posters (some autographed). The collection illustrates the day-to-day operations of a regional record distributor from 1965 to 1985. Seen in a broader context, the collection provides insight to the growth of family-run businesses as well as changes in the record industry during this era and resulting lawsuits.
ARC-0198 Yellow Submarine Photographs, 1968, 0.07 l.f.
The Yellow Submarine Photographs contain three reproductions of film stills from the motion picture Yellow Submarine and one receipt from the British Film Institute for the purchase of those stills. Items are titled "Cabaret," "Lady Sings the Blues," and "Yellow Submarine."
ARC-0199 Senator George V. Voinovich Photographs, 1986, 1993, 0.07 l.f.
The Senator George V. Voinovich Photographs document the selection of Cleveland as the location for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The collection contains four photographs: the groundbreaking for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, featuring Voinovich and Cleveland mayor Michael White; Voinovich and Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner posing with shovels (this photograph is autographed by Wenner); Voinovich and Ahmet Ertegun at a press conference, presumably announcing Cleveland as the location for the museum; and Voinovich with former Ohio governor Richard Celeste.
Archival Collections, ARC-0201 through ARC-0250
ARC-0201 Sylvia Kemble Photographs, 1956, 1958 January 17, 1 folder
The Sylvia Kemble Photographs consist of eight black-and-white photographs from 1956 and 1958. Six are promotional and include George Hamilton IV, Mello Kings, Royal Teens, an autographed image of Pat Boone, and two autographed images of the Everly Brothers. There are also two snapshots of unidentified individuals at a rock and roll show from January 17, 1958 in Hershey, Pennsylvania--possibly as part of an Everly Brothers' tour. The images provide insight to the rock and roll revues of the 1950s, as well as to the promotion of artists during that period.
ARC-0202 Collection on Carl Gardner, 2009, 0.07 l.f.
The Collection on Carl Gardner consists of one essay titled "An Interview with Carl Gardner of the Coasters," written by the donor Thomas J. Prestopnik, a photograph of Prestopnik with Gardner, and a program and "In Memoriam" card from Gardner's funeral.
ARC-0204 Sandy Cox Collection of Top 40 Lists, 1964-1977, undated, 0.21 l.f.
The Sandy Cox Collection of Top 40 Lists contains approximately one hundredTunedex lists from the Akron, Ohio radio station WHLO (1964-1973), as well as Top 40 lists from WAKR, WIXY, and other Northeast Ohio radio stations.
ARC-0205 Bruce Lundvall Collection, 1974-2009, 0.07 l.f.
The Bruce Lundvall Collection contains 52 photographs featuring Blue Note executive Bruce Lundvall and various recording artists, primarily from the 1970s and 1980s, as well as copies of letters sent to Lundvall from other recording artists. Artists represented include Jackson Browne, Billy Joel, Carlos Santana, Boz Scaggs,Willie Nelson, Janis Ian, Joan Baez, and Heart, among others.
ARC-0206 Bob Bonis Photographs, 1964-1966, undated, 0.92 l.f.
The Bob Bonis Photographs document the Beatles and Rolling Stones in the mid-1960s, both on-stage and off. The collection contains 150 black-and-white and color prints. A majority of the images measure 11 x 7.5 inches, with some enlarged to 13 x 8.5 inches. The prints are arranged by band, and then chronological order.
ARC-0207 Little Steven's Underground Garage Radio Programs (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Collection), 2003-2008, 1.67 l.f.
Little Steven's Underground Garage Radio Programs (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Collection) consists of compact discs and track listings of Little Steven's weekly radio program from December 2003 to May 2008. The recordings are arranged chronologically by year and month of broadcast.
ARC-0208 Collection on Lonny Johnson, 2011, 0.07 l.f.
The Collection on Lonnie Johnson consists of an early draft from Dean Alger's forthcoming book, Mr. Blues Walks In: The Music, Life, and Times of the Legendary Lonnie Johnson, as well as one CD compiled by Alger, entitled "The Ultimate Best of Lonnie Johnson." The Collection provides insight into early jazz and blues guitar music.
ARC-0209 Jeff Barry Collection, undated, 0.07 l.f.
The Jeff Barry Collection contains three black-and-white photographs featuring Barry with various musicians, including Van Morrison. It also contains a page printed from Ellie Greenwich's website, featuring a photograph of Barry and Greenwich, as well as Paul Case, Jerry Leiber, Artie Ripp, Ed Silvers, and Phil Spector at a 1964 BMI dinner.
ARC-0210 Collection on Ricky Vac and the Rock-a-Ways, 2001-2005, 0.07 l.f.
The Collection on Ricky Vac and the Rock-a-ways contains two press clippings on the Berea, Ohio-based rock band, as well as a 2005 calendar from the Berea Historical Society that features a photograph of the Rock-a-Ways. The collection provides insight into the influence of rock and roll music on Northeast Ohio during the 1950s.
ARC-0211 Michael Zager Collection, 1977-1986, 2.0 l.f.
The Michael Zager Collection consists of 22 reel tapes, four vinyl test pressing albums, one 45 rpm record, and one 8-track tape, reflective of Zager's career as a musician, composer and producer. A highlight of the collection are the four reel tapes of the Michael Zager Band's single, "Life's A Party," featuring the first commercial recording of Whitney Houston singing back-up vocals at age 14. Other highlights include a very rare 8-track cassette of the #1 Billboard dance chart single, "Let's All Chant" by the Michael Zager Band; a reel tape of Raquel Welch's 1986 single, "This Girl's Back In Town;" reels and test pressings by The Spinners; and reel recordings of the original soundtrack from Friday the 13th, Part III.
ARC-0212 Yellow Submarine Cel, 1958, 1.5 l.f.
The Yellow Submarine Cel depicts John Lennon and George Harrison in a scene from the Beatles' 1968 motion picture Yellow Submarine. It measures 16" x 12.5".
ARC-0213 Collection on Erline Harris, circa 1940s, 0.07 l.f.
The Collection on Erline Harris consist of four black-and-white photographs of rhythm & blues singer Erline Harris, as well as three concert handbills and one newspaper clipping advertising Harris's performance at the Orchid Room, Kansas City, Missouri.
ARC-0214 Pete Seeger and Fillmore East Concert Programs, 1964, 1971, 0.07 l.f.
The Pete Seeger and Fillmore East Concert Programs consist of two concert programs, one of which document a Seeger performance in Israel in 1964; the other, the final performance at the Fillmore in 1971.
ARC-0216 Cass Paley Video Collection, 1982-2001, 8.21 l.f.
The Cass Paley Video Collection spans the years 1982 to 2001 and consists of 88 video tapes in these formats: VHS, Betacam SP, and 3/4" U-matic. The tapes feature video press kits, interviews, promotional materials, and music videos produced by Cass Paley. Artists featured in the collection include: Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Fleetwood Mac, Madonna, Lou Reed, The Replacements, Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, and Neil Young.
ARC-0217 Collection on Nirvana, 1993-1994, 0.21 l.f.
Collection consists of two newspaper clippings about Kurt Cobain and Nirvana, and one bootleg VHS video recording of a live Nirvana performance.
ARC-0218 Collection on the Rolling Stones, 1989, 4.07 l.f.
The Collection on the Rolling Stones consists of two color photographs of the Rolling Stones and one promotional poster for the film Let's Spend the Night Together.
ARC-0219 Neil Ladner Photographs, 2008, 0.07 l.f.
The Neil Ladner Photographs are from the seventh annual Ponderosa Stomp in 2008. The collection includes 69 images of artists performing at the celebration, including Lazy Lester.
ARC-0220 Steely Dan Handbill, 1974, 0.07 l.f.
The Steely Dan Handbill documents one of the last shows that Steely Dan played in the 1970s, at the University of California-Santa Barbara's Robertson Gym on June 23, 1974. The handbill is black-and-white with an image of the band. This handbill will be of interest to researchers of the band.
ARC-0221 MTV Networks VH1 Video, 1993-2002, undated, 32.08 l.f.
MTV Networks VH1 Video span the years 1993 to 2002 and contains 237 Betacam SP 60 minute and 160 Betacam SP 30 minute videocassette copies of television shows featured on the MTV Network channel VH1. Programs represented in the collection include 20 to 1, All Access, Behind the Music, Duets, Fan Club, Legends, One to One, Presents the 70’s, RockStory, Storytellers, and Video Timeline. The videos provide rich insight to VH1's attempts to expand its programming during the 1990s, and offer a glimpse into the documentation of rock and pop music history during time.
ARC-0222 Cleveland College Radio Audiocassettes, 1988-2011, 7.5 l.f.
The Cleveland College Radio Audiocassettes span the years 1988 to 2011 and consists of 1,140 audiocassettes of Cleveland college radio programs. Also included are two compact discs of Thomas Tobie appearing on a 2010 Halloween show on WRUW, 91.1 FM, Case Western Reserve University's radio station. The cassettes provide insight into the local alternative music scene of Cleveland, Ohio during this time span.
ARC-0224 Henry Kozek Collection, 1922-1990, undated, 0.21 l.f.
The Henry Kozek Collection spans the years 1922 to 1990 and includes some undated material, with the bulk of the collection material from 1972 to 1990. The Collection contains assorted rock and roll memorabilia; clippings; ephemera (including "Great Moments in Rock 'n Roll" soundsheets from Quaker Oats granola bars in the 1980s), programs from University Amphitheatre in University City, Ca., and the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles; handbills and flyers from various events, including the KRLA Doo Wop Weekend; and a small selection of printed sheet music, mainly from the 1920s-1940s.The bulk of the collection relates to doo-wop, oldies radio stations, and Motown.
ARC-0225, Heroin Diaries Manuscript, 2007, 0.21 l.f.
The Heroin Diaries Manuscript collection consists of an unbound preview edition of the book The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star by Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx (with Ian Gittins). The book, arranged as a series of diary entries, chronicles the period leading up to Sixx's heroin overdose in 1987.
ARC-0226 Synchronicity Album Covers, 1983, 0.5 l.f.
Synchronicity Album Covers contains 36 album covers of the Police's 1983 LP, Synchronicity. This number includes two copies each of 18 different album designs. Five identical copies of the inner record sleeve are also included.
ARC-0227 Carry It On Manuscript, 1985, 0.07 l.f.
This collection consists of a 1985 pre-publication edition of Carry It On: A History in Song and Picture of the Working Men and Women of America, by Pete Seeger and Bob Reiser. Included is a typewritten and signed letter from Seeger, photocopies of the book's front cover, and list of errata.
ARC-0228 Supremes at Lincoln Center Poster, 1965 October 15, 4 l.f.
The Supremes at Lincoln Center Poster is for a concert on October 15, 1965 in New York. The poster art is by Joe Eula.
ARC-0229 Theresa Chambers Collection, 1995-2001, 0.11 l.f.
The Theresa Chambers Collection spans the years 1995 to 2001 and contains one diary and one folder of correspondence from Chambers' work as a booking agent for the Mercury Lounge, a club located on Houston St. in New York City.
ARC-0230 Robert Altman Photographs, 1967-1978, 0.07 l.f.
The Robert Altman Photographs consist of 347 digital images on a DVD-R, spanning the years 1967 to 1978, with the bulk of the photographs from 1969 and 1970. The collection focuses on the psychedelic rock music era of the San Francisco area, but also covers 1960s counterculture in general, including hippies, Yippies, psychedelic drug use, radical liberal politics, anti-war demonstrations, music festivals, mystic eastern religions, communal living, and sexual liberation. The images in the collection feature a wide range of musicians and musical groups, political figures, religious leaders, writers, journalists, intellectuals, artists, actors, and New Wave film directors. There are numerous images of the members of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Jefferson Airplane, and the Rolling Stones, as well as musicians Bo Diddley, Joni Mitchell, and Iggy Pop; the drag queen theatrical troupe, the Cockettes; Ken Kesey and Timothy Leary.
ARC-0232 Collection on The Who, 1982, 0.21 l.f.
The Collection on The Who consists of logistical information on the group's final concert on December 17, 1982 at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Canada. The files contain information on stage design, schedules, technical and lighting specifications, contracts, and correspondence regarding the event.
ARC-0234 Collection on the Beatles in Cleveland, 1964, undated, 0.07 l.f.
The collection consists of one DVD and one CD-R documenting the Beatles' performance at Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio on September 15, 1964. The DVD contains a reproduction of an 8mm silent film taken by the donor. The CD-R contains still photos of the Beatles from Cleveland radio station WHK.
ARC-0235 Dale and Jeanne Ketcham Sheet Music Collection, 1926-1991, 0.42 l.f.
The Dale and Jeanne Ketcham Sheet Music Collection spans the years 1926 to 1991 and consists of 336 pieces of sheet music. Artists of note featured in the collection include: The Beatles, Cher, Neil Diamond, The Doors, Elvis Presley, Queen, The Righteous Brothers, and Simon and Garfunkel.
ARC-0236 Gary Victor Collection of Circus Magazine, circa 1990, 0.92 l.f.
The collection consists of one 11-page flip chart from an advertising/sales presentation for Circus, and one color proof of an advertisement for Circus' 1991 Unsigned Band Contest. The collection provides insight into the business of rock music magazines during the early 1990s, as well as the practice of advertising to teenagers.
ARC-0238 Collection on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Opening, 1995, 0.21 l.f.
The collection contains brochures from the grand opening weekend celebration of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, clippings from local newspapers, and photographs taken during the festivities.
ARC-0239 Brian Ratner Collection, 1956, 1971, 1989, undated, 0.21 l.f.
The collection consists mainly of planning and marketing documents kept by Brian Ratner during the period leading up to the construction of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. This includes three bound documents entitled, "Report of the Joint Strategic Planning Task Force;" "Strategy Meeting Agenda and Meeting Minutes;" and "Market Demand and Financial Analysis Study." Also included are two handbills from an Elvis Presley concert in Columbus and Dayton, Ohio; another from a Bob Dylan concert; and one concert poster advertising a Grateful Dead concert with the New Riders of the Purple Sage at the Allen Theater in Cleveland on October 29, 1971.
ARC-0240 John Grybowski Collection, 1970-1974, 5.0 l.f.
The John Grybowski Collection consists of news clippings and artist files from 1971 to 1974. Artists featured in this collection include: Beatles, Doors, Jim Hendrix, Elton John, Pink Floyd, and Rolling Stones. This collection documents the classic rock music scene during the early-1970s and showcases rock music journalism of the era.
ARC-0242 Kid Cudi Collection, 2009, 1.99 l.f.
The Kid Cudi Collection consists of a tour itinerary, three promotional postcards for Day 'N' Nite and Man on the Moon, and three posters for Man on the Moon, "Kid Cudi On Tour," and Lollapalooza.
ARC-0243 Collection on Dion, 1949-1997, undated, 4.46 l.f.
The Collection on Dion spans the years 1949 to 1997, with the bulk of the material dating between 1980 and 1997. Four series make up the collection: audiovisual materials, papers, photographs, and posters. The collection mainly concentrates on the latter half of Dion's career and is not meant to be an exhaustive source of information about the singer.
ARC-0244 Newspaper Clippings on the Death of John Lennon, 1980-1981, 1.0 l.f.
The Newspaper Clippings on John Lennon contain clippings specifically related to the death of John Lennon. The clippings are from newspapers based in New York City, London, and Los Angeles, and include syndicated papers as well. The collection provides a glimpse into the world's reaction to Lennon's tragic death, and its impact upon his fans.
ARC-0245 Jim Randazzo Papers, 1968-1974, undated, 0.21 l.f.
The Jim Randazzo Papers consists of business papers, photographs, press kits, and biographical information on The Who from Randazzo's career in the music industry during the late-1960s to early 1970s. Artists included in the collection are The Who, the Moody Blues, and John Mayall. Randazzo's papers provide a glimpse into the music industry during the formative years of rock and roll.
ARC-0246 William Wendling Collection on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, 1985-1988, 1995, 0.63 l.f.
The William Wendling Collection of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is comprised of clippings, files from the Greater Cleveland Growth Association, and videocassettes related to the campaign to get the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. The collection provides documentation of the campaign process, as well as the early history and impact of the Museum in Cleveland.
ARC-0248 Rick Kollins Collection, 1956-1957, 0.21 l.f.
The Rick Kollins Collection consists of three concert programs and a fan club membership card for the singing group the Diamonds. Two of the concert programs are for line-ups of the Biggest Show of Stars for '57, and the third is for the Biggest Rock 'n Roll Show of '56.
ARC-0250 LaMont Robinson Collection, circa 1950s-1970s, 2.59 l.f.
The LaMont Robinson Collection spans the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s and primarily documents artists that performed at the Cleveland nightclub Leo's Casino. Artists featured in the photographs include the Jackson 5, Temptations, and Jackie Wilson. The digital portion of the collection contains photographs by Jimmy Baynes and supplements the photographs in ARC-0161 Jimmy Baynes Collection. The digital images are of national and local African American performers, dancers, politicians, and sports figures, as well as events in the local African American community.
Archival Collections, ARC-0251 through ARC-0300
ARC-0251 Collection on Bob Leefe, 1970-1977, 0.07 l.f.
The collection spans the years 1970-1977 and consists of six photographs of recording engineer Bob Leefe, one CD of his recordings, and several clippings.
ARC-0252 Abigail Reeves Collection, 1980-1989, undated, 0.42 l.f.
The Abigail Reeves Collection consists of clippings related to the death of John Lennon, handbills from various concerts in the 1980s, and a stock share certificate from MTV Networks. Reeves' collection provides a glimpse into rock fandom and the documentation of the 1980s rock and roll music scene.
ARC-0253 David Schoonover Collection, 1968-2002, undated, 4.71 l.f.
The David Schoonover Collection spans the years 1968 to 2002, with the bulk of the materials dating between 1975 and 1985. The collection consists of audiocassette tape recordings of Bruce Springsteen concerts; various clippings on rock and roll artists; printed ephemera from rock concerts in the San Francisco Bay Area during the 1970s and 1980s, including flyers, handbills, and advertisements; and posters featuring the Beatles, Jackson Browne, and the Rolling Stones. The collection is arranged by format.
ARC-0254 David Hinckley Papers, 1969-2009, undated, 3.0 l.f.
The collection spans the years 1969 to 2009 and includes some undated materials. The collection is arranged alphabetically by subject and contains clippings of articles written by David Hinckley and other authors, as well as press kits, photographs, event programs, and other research materials kept by Hinckley during his career as a music writer for the New York Daily News.
ARC-0255 Psychedelic Stooges Concert Poster, 1968 August 11, 1 l.f.
The collection contains a concert poster for the Psychedelic Stooges and the Jagged Edge at Mothers in Romeo, Michigan on August 11, 1968.
ARC-0256 Dr. Hugo A. Keesing Collection, 1956-1993, undated, 1.5 l.f.
The Hugo Keesing Collection consists of trading card sets from 1956 to 1993. Artists prominently featured in the collection include: The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, and The Rolling Stones. Rock and roll trading cards feature classic tour posters, album covers, rare and promotional photos, and trivia spanning decades of rock and roll history, and this Collection provides generous examples of these cards through the years and across musical genres.
ARC-0257 Collection on Elvis Presley, 1934-1993, undated, 8.92 l.f.
The Collection on Elvis Presley spans the years 1934 to 1993, with the bulk of the materials dating between 1970 and 1980. The collection consists of Presley calendars from the early 1990s; newspaper clippings of articles and photographs related to Presley (primarily from tabloid style publications); 8-track cassette cartridges of Elvis recordings; two audio reels of Presley recordings; VHS recordings of some of Presley's films and television appearances, and television programs about Presley that were taped from television broadcasts. There are also photo booklets (potentially from LP boxsets, one of which is dedicated to Glenn Miller), posters, and flats showcasing various stages of Presley's career. The collection provides a glimpse into Presley's film career, the reaction to his death in 1977, and the merchandising of his image thereafter. Seen in a broader context, the collection provides insight to tabloid journalism and the merchandising of a celebrity after their death.
ARC-0258 Henry Diltz Photographs (Rona Elliot Papers), 1966-1994, 1.0 l.f.
The Henry Diltz Photographs (Rona Elliot Papers) consist of 64 11" x 14" color and black-and-white photographs from 1966 to 1994; all shot, printed, and signed by Henry Diltz. The photographs include images of Blondie; Jackson Browne; Buffalo Springfield; Ray Charles; Eric Clapton; Kurt Cobain; Elvis Costello; Crosby, Stills and Nash; Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young; the Doors; Bob Dylan; the Eagles; Cass Elliot; Jerry Garcia; Emmylou Harris; George Harrison; Jimi Hendrix; Michael Jackson; Janis Joplin; the Mamas and the Papas; Paul and Linda McCartney; Joni Mitchell; the Monkees; Jim Morrison; the New Barbarians; Robert Plant; Keith Richards; the Rolling Stones; Linda Ronstadt; John Sebastian; Simon and Garfunkel; Bruce Springsteen; Stephen Stills; James Taylor; Tina Turner; Steven Tyler; Tom Waits; the Who; Ron Wood; Neil Young; and Frank Zappa.
ARC-259 Stephen Lacy Collection, 1957-1984, undated, 3.21 l.f.
The Stephen Lacy Collection spans the years 1957 to 1984 and includes some undated material. The Collection consists of 28 videotapes (U-Matic, U-Matic S, Betacam), 1 audiocassette, and 3 folders of notes, letters, fan publications, and publications, the majority of which are related to Jerry Lee Lewis. Other performers, music professionals, and Memphis-based musicians such as BB King, Otis Blackwell, and Sam Phillips are also represented in the Collection materials.
ARC-0260 Steve Petryszyn Collection, circa 1950-2000, undated, 8.0 l.f.
The Steve Petryszyn Collection spans the years circa 1950-2000, and includes undated material; while the bulk of the collection dates between 1970 and 1990. The Collection consists of five series: papers, photographs, audiovisual materials, trading cards, and posters. Much of the material relates to Petryszyn's career as a record collector and founder of Record Roundup. The collection is strong on material related to Cleveland rock and roll history, including Petryszyn's Cleveland rock discography, as well as items related to the Moondog Coronation Ball, Alan Freed, and Record Rendezvous.
ARC-0261 New York Clippings on the Death of John Lennon, 1980-1981, 1.34 l.f.
The New York Clippings on the Death of John Lennon contain newspaper and magazine clippings related to the assassination of John Lennon. The clippings are predominantly from newspapers and magazines based in New York City, but do include a few from nationally-syndicated publications as well. The materials were collected by Diana Kohn as a reporter for Rolling Stone magazine. The collection provides a glimpse into the local reaction to Lennon's tragic death, and its impact upon his fans.
ARC-0262 R. Todd Richards Collection of Posters, 1989-2004, 4.0 l.f.
The R. Todd Richards Collection of Posters consists of promotional posters used by record companies for advertising and in-store displays from 1989 to 2004. Performers include Jackson Browne, Eric Clapton, Melissa Etheridge, Genesis, R.E.M., Santana, and Pete Townshend. The Collection provides a glimpse into how record companies promoted their artists, and the records they released during the late-1980s through the 2000s. Seen in a broader context, the Collection provides insight to the images and styles used to promote rock and roll music.
ARC-0264 George Meier Collection, 1969-1980, undated, 3.42 l.f.
The George Meier Collection spans the years 1969 to 1980 and includes some undated materials. The collection consists of 11 years of the Walrus newsletter, a FM radio trade publication, as well as 1/4-inch reel audio recordings of syndicated radio programs and interviews. Artists featured in this collection include: Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, John Mayall, Rolling Stone, and the Who. The collection provides insight into the history of trade publications as well as that of syndicated radio programs.
ARC-0265 Collection on John Lee Hooker (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Collection), 1956-1965, 0.21 l.f.
The Collection on John Lee Hooker spans the years 1956 to 1965, and contains various papers related to Hooker's recording career, including contracts, correspondence, invoices, production reports, royalty statements, studio session sheets, tape identification data, and telegrams. The Collection provides rich documentation on Hooker's career, as well as an in-depth look at the recording processes of the era.
ARC-0266 Photograph of Tom Waits, undated, 1.42 l.f.
Photograph of Tom Waits consists of one 13" x 9" black-and-white gallery print of Tom Waits by Jay Blakesberg.
ARC-0267 Collection on Janis Joplin (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Collection), 1948, 1966-1970, undated, 5.97 l.f.
The Collection on Janis Joplin spans the years 1948 and 1966 to 1970 and includes some undated material. The collection is comprised of handbills from concerts Joplin personally attended, including Bo Diddley, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Grateful Dead, and Jefferson Airplane; handwritten song lyrics; promotional and candid photographs of Joplin, both individually with Big Brother and the Holding Company, on and off stage; a poster for Janis Joplin at Royal Albert Hall from 1969; and printed materials Joplin collected. The Collection on Janis Joplin provides rich insight to the life and career of Janis Joplin, and the San Francisco and New York music scenes of the late-1960s. The photographs provide an opulent visual history, while the lyrics, handbills, and printed materials provide a glimpse into Joplin's thoughts and personal interests. The majority of the collection is arranged and described at the item-level, as this was how the materials were described upon receipt. Original order was maintained.
ARC-0268 Little Anthony and the Imperials Collection, 1971, 1992-1993, 2010, undated, 0.9 l.f.
The Little Anthony and the Imperials Collection contains items from the years 1971, 1992, 1993, and 2010. The collections contains items related to the band's career, including clippings from nationally syndicated newspapers and magazines, performance photographs and candid offstage snapshots, promotional materials, sheet music, tour itineraries, and LP, 45 rpm, and audiocassette covers. The collection provides unique insight into the history of Little Anthony and the Imperials, as well as a behind-the-scenes look into their career.
ARC-0269 Go, Johnny, Go! Production Records (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Collection), 1959-1963, 0.08 l.f.
Go, Johnny, Go! Production Records is a collection of documents relating to the making of the film Go, Johnny, Go! produced by Hal Roach Studios. Included in the Records is invoices, scripts, correspondence, and account statements. The collection provides documentation of the making of the film, as well as an inside look at production companies in the late-1950s to early 1960s.
ARC-0270 Art Garfunkel Papers, 1954-1992, undated, 2.33 l.f.
The Art Garfunkel Papers span the years 1954 to 1988 and include some undated material. The collection is comprised of items documenting Garfunkel's personal life and career including: business records, clippings, correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, posters, sheet music, set lists, song notes, and tour documents. The items cover Garfunkel's career in Simon and Garfunkel, and his solo career. The Papers provide rich insight to Garfunkel's childhood and friendship with Paul Simon, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at his musical career.
ARC-0271 Edward Colver Posters (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Collection), 1980s, 4.42 l.f.
The Edward Colver Posters contain 410 posters and handbills documenting the Los Angeles and West Coast punk scene during the 1980s.
ARC-0274 Patrick Montgomery Video Masters, undated, 5.0 l.f.
The Patrick Montgomery Video Masters consist of twenty 1-inch open reel master video tapes. The tapes are all undated and contain various subject matter pertaining to rock music in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Topics include: the Beatles and the British invasion, girl groups, Elvis and rockabilly, hard rock, San Francisco psychedelic rock, singer songwriters, teen idols, and surf music. This collection provides insight to rock music films, as well as the documentation of music in the 1950s through the 1970s.
ARC-0275 Reflections Collection, 1964, 0.14 l.f.
The Reflections Collection consists of promotional photographs of the band and an advertisement for a Reflections performance, as well as surveys, record lists, and music guides from radio stations featuring the Reflections. Please note, all photographs and documents are reproductions. The Collection provides insight to the career of the Reflections, and their impact on doo-wop music.
ARC-0276 Joel Newman Photographs, 1975-1978, 0.07 l.f.
The Joel Newman Photographs span the years 1975 to 1978, and consist of ten 8" x 10" inkjet photographic prints. People featured in the photographs include: Joel Newman, Charlie Daniels, Michael Jackson, Patti LaBelle, Joe Reiling, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Ringo Starr, Joe Tex, and Dennis Wilson. The collection provides a behind-the-scenes look at the life of Joel Newman.
ARC-0277 Collection on John Cougar Mellencamp, 1980, 1983, 1987, undated, 0.14 l.f.
The Collection on John Cougar Mellencamp contains sheet music from the years 1980, 1983, and 1987, as well as six undated 5" x 7" black-and white-photographs, taken of Mellencamp performing live onstage.
ARC-0278 Collection on Jerry Wexler, 1917-2007, undated, 5.34 l.f.
The Collection on Jerry Wexler spans the years 1917 to 2007, with the bulk of the materials dating between 1954 and 1980. The collection consists of awards and certificates presented to Wexler; photographs of Wexler with artists and associates, including Ahmet Ertegun and Aretha Franklin; nationally syndicated newspaper articles and periodical covers featuring Wexler; posters for events affiliated with Wexler; and correspondence from Phil Spector and Louis Armstrong. The Armstrong letter is from Wexler's personal collection. The collection provides rich insight to the career and accomplishments of Jerry Wexler.
ARC-0279 Collection on the Philadelphia Music Scene, 1945-2011, undated, 0.209 l.f.
The Collection on the Philadelphia Music Scene spans the years 1945 to 2011, with the bulk of the material dating between 1975 and 1985. The collection consists of 8" x 10" black-and-white photographs of artists that performed at J.C. Dobbs in Philadelphia, Pa., including Rufus Harley, J.B. Hutto, Root Boy Slim, and the Sin City Band; clippings and newspapers from the Philadelphia area; a folder of sheet music featuring artists such as Simon and Garfunkel, The Chantays, Jim Webb, and Gene Raskin; and documents from the popular Philadelphia area nightclub J.C. Dobbs, including calendars, flyers, and booking information. The collection provides rich insight to the Philadelphia area music scene, as well an inside look at music fandom and collecting.
ARC-0280 Lesley Gore Collection, circa 1963, 1987 August 2, 4.91 l.f.
The Leslie Gore Collection contains the original arrangement for "It's My Party" and "She's a Fool," and a movie poster for The Legendary Ladies, featuring Lesley Gore, Brenda Lee, Ronnie Spector, and Mary Wells, among others. The Collection provides insight to the career of Leslie Gore, as well as women in music in the 1960s and 1970s.
ARC-0281 "Poetry of Popular Music" Course Materials, 1963-1998, undated, 7.0 l.f.
The "Poetry of Popular Music" Course Materials consist of 156 1/4-inch audiotape reels containing music and interviews that supplemented the high school course, "Poetry of Popular Music," taught by Anthony C. Moore, in Cherry Hill, New Jersey from 1972 to 1998. The collection also contains documentation related to the "Poetry of Popular Music," including examples of the textbooks Moore created for the course, quizzes, student assignments, and permission requests to reproduce and publish song lyrics. The collection provides rich documentation and insight to the teaching of rock music at the high school level.
ARC-0282 Barry Schneier Photographs, 1974-1977, 1979, 1.96 l.f.
The Barry Schneier Photographs span the years 1974 to 1977 and 1979, and consist of concert photography from Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, and Pt. Reves, San Francisco, and San Rafael, California. The collection includes four 16" x 20" black-and-white and color prints of photographs by Schneier of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, performing as the opening act for Bonnie Raitt on May 9, 1974 at Harvard Square Theatre, Cambridge, Mass. The collection also contains three compact discs of 169 16-bit TIFF files of concert photographs by Schneier that include black-and-white and color images of Joan Armatrading, Jackson Browne, Paul Butterfield, Little Feat, Steve Miller, Van Morrison, the Motels, Pablo Cruise, Andy Pratt, Bonnie Raitt, Boz Scaggs, Chris Smothers, Bruce Springsteen, the Tubes, and Jessie Colin Young. Forty-six of the digital images are of Springsteen in Cambridge, Mass. in 1974.
ARC-0283 "Biggest Show of Stars for '60" Window Card, 1960 May 17,4.0 l.f.
The "Biggest Show of Stars for '60" Window Card is a jumbo window card for performances on May 17, 1960 at the Orpheum Theatre in Madison, Wisconsin, by Little Anthony and the Imperials, Lavern Baker, the Coasters, Bo Diddley, Jimmy Jones, Clyde McPhatter, Jimmy Reed, Joe Turner, Sammy Turner, and Lloyd Price and His Biggest Show of Stars Orchestra with Harold Cromer as master of ceremonies. The item provides a glimpse into the types of acts that appeared at the Orpheum, and the billings they received. Seen in a broader context, the window card provides insights to musicians that performed during the early-1960s, and the types of venues at which they performed.
ARC-0284 Staple Singers / Dells Window Card, 1986 September 6, 1.92 l.f.
Staple Singers / Mighty Dells Window Card consists of a window card for two September 6, 1986 performances of the Staples Singers and the Mighty Dells, with special guest Full House. The venue for the performance was East of the Ryan in Chicago, Illinois. The collection provides a glimpse into the types of venues the Staples Singers and the Mighty Dells played, and how their performances were advertised.
ARC-0285 Mar y Sol Pop Festival Poster, 1972 April 1-1972 April 3, 4.0 l.f.
Mar y Sol Pop Festival Poster consists of two copies of the same concert poster promoting the Mar y Sol Pop Festival in Manatí, Puerto Rico, on April 1-3, 1972. Billed as "The First International Puerto Rico Pop Festival," scheduled performers included Alice Cooper, Allman Brothers Band, Black Sabbath, David Brubeck with Gerry Mulligan, Dr. John, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Faces, Roberta Flack, Fleetwood Mac, Goose Creek Symphony, J. Geils Band, B. B. King, Malo, Herbie Mann, Osibisa, Poco, Pot Liquor, and Savoy Brown. The collection provides a glimpse into the marketing of the Mar y Sol Pop Festival. Seen in a broader context, the collection provides insights to music festivals of the late-1960s and early 1970s, the types of performers that appeared at those festivals, and how they were promoted.
ARC-0287 Victor Di Geronimo Collection of Posters, 1973-1976, 1979, 7.5 l.f.
The Victor Di Geronimo Collection of Posters, 1973-1976, 1979, consists of four promotional posters used by record companies for advertising and in-store display. Performers featured include the Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, and Wings. The Collection provides a glimpse into how record companies promoted their artists and records during the 1970s. Seen in a broader context, the Collection provides insight to the images and styles used to promote rock and roll music.
ARC-0288 Alice Cooper Posters, 1973, 4.0 l.f.
The Alice Cooper Posters consist of two promotional posters from 1973 for the Alice Cooper Fan Club with all five members of the band pictured and the Billion Dollar Babies tour. The posters provide a glimpse into the image Alice Cooper projected to their fans and the public. Seen in a broader context, the posters provides insights to how rock bands of the early 1970s promoted themselves and the graphic styles of the time.
ARC-0289 John Abbott and Kelly McNamara Collection, 1978-1988, 4.0 l.f.
The John Abbott and Kelly McNamara Collection consists of eight promotional posters from 1978 to 1988 for Joe Jackson, Japan, The Police, and Tom Waits. The posters provide a glimpse into how these performers and their record labels promoted the release of their albums and their live concerts. Seen in a broader context, the posters provides insight to how rock bands of this era were promoted and the graphic styles of the time.
ARC-0290 Patti Smith Collection, 1972-1993, undated, 4.21 l.f.
The Patti Smith Collection spans the years 1972 to 1993, with the bulk of the material dating between 1974 and 1978. The Collection consists of items documenting Smith's career as an artist and musician, including clippings, correspondence, artwork, handwritten lyrics and poetry, photographs, and posters. The clippings are from nationally syndicated magazines and newspapers featuring articles about Smith. The correspondence consists of postcards Smith sent to her family while on tour. The artwork includes a figural drawing by Smith and a list of art received by the Robert Miller Gallery in New York for an exhibit of Smith's work around 1977. The handwritten lyrics and poetry contain "Little Blue Dreamer," an untitled poem, and a card with a poem enclosed. The photographs in the Collection consist of images of Smith both on and off stage; while the posters are promotional in nature. The Collection provides rich insight to the personal life and career of Patti Smith, as well as documentation of her music and art.
ARC-0291 Bob Dylan Setlist (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Collection), 1992 March 25, 0.07 l.f.
The Bob Dylan Setlist (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Collection) is handwritten by Dylan on yellow paper in black marker, circa 1992. The songs on setlist are, in order: "Just Like a Woman," "She Belongs to Me," "Maggie’s Farm," "Love Minus Zero," "Little Moses," "Sail On,""Desolation Row," "All Along the Watchtower," "Cat’s in the Well," "Simple Twist of Fate, " "Times They Are A Changin’," "Highway ‘61," "Mr. Jones," "Rainy Day Women," and "Blowin’ in the Wind." The list provides a glimpse into the history of Dylan's concert performances.
ARC-0292 Led Zeppelin Concert Handbills (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Collection), 1969-1970, 1973, 1977, 0.07 l.f.
The Led Zeppelin Concert Handbills (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Collection) spans the years 1969 to 1977 and consists of four handbills. The handbills provide rich insight into the history of Led Zeppelin, specifically the concerts and tours.
ARC-0293 John Lennon Lyrics, circa 1972, 0.07 l.f.
These are John Lennon's original typed lyrics and handwritten notes to "Woman is the Nigger of the World."
ARC-0294 Beatles Tour Documents, 1966, 0.07 l.f.
Beatles Tour Documents (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Collection) consist of one folder of documents from the Beatles' 1966 tour of the United States. The documents consist of schedules, tour riders, promoter information, clippings, and staff information. The collection provides insight to the touring of bands during the 1960s and, specifically, Beatles' tours.
ARC-0295 Photographs of Eric Clapton (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Collection), 1975-1995, 0.07 l.f.
The Photographs of Eric Clapton span the years 1975 to 1995, and contain 21 8" x 10" black-and-white photographs of Eric Clapton. Six of the photos are from the Associated Press, while the other 15 are promotional in nature.
ARC-0296 Collection on Alan Freed (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Collection), 1938, 1944, undated, 0.07 l.f.
The Collection on Alan Freed (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Collection) contains items from the years 1938 and 1944 with one undated item. Included in the Collection are a photograph of Freed while in high school, a telegram Freed sent as a child, and a brochure for an exhibit on Freed in his home town of Salem, Ohio. The Collection provides a glimpse into the early life of Alan Freed.
ARC-0297 Ian Dewar Collection of Concert Programs, 1962-1966, undated, 0.14 l.f.
The Ian Dewar Collection of Concert Programs consists of rock and roll programs from 1962-1966, and includes some undated material from the same era. Prominent artists in the collection are The Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, Dion, The Everly Brothers, Brenda Lee, Little Richard, Otis Redding, Bobby Vee, and Gene Vincent. The Collection provides a glimpse into the concerts and culture of rock music in the early 1960s. The materials are arranged alphabetically by the headlining artist listed in the program.
ARC-0298 Red Giant Collection, 1995-1998, 0.07 l.f.
The Red Giant Collection spans the years 1995 to 1998, and consists of two 4" x 6" color photographs of the band, as well as an album artwork sketch by Derek Hess.
ARC-0299 Collection on Jerry Lee Lewis, 1966-1995, undated, 0.21 l.f.
The Collection on Jerry Lee Lewis spans the years 1966 to 1995, with the bulk of the material dating between 1980 and 1989. The Collection consists of a screenplay for the movie Great Balls of Fire, based on the life of Jerry Lee Lewis, a contract between Trump's Castle Associates and Lewis, and 4" x 6" color photographs of Lewis with friends and family. The Collection provides a glimpse into the life of Jerry Lee Lewis and his impact on the history of rock and roll music.
ARC-0300 William Oldfield Collection of Posters and Newspapers, 1975, 1978-1982, 16.0 l.f.
The William Oldfield Collection of Posters and Newspapers consist of 59 promotional posters used by record companies for advertising and in-store displays from 1975 and 1978 to 1982, with the bulk of the material spanning 1978-1982. Performers featured include Blondie, Cheap Trick, John Cougar, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, The Romantics, Linda Ronstadt, The Who, and Neil Young. Also included in the collection are newspapers chronicling the shooting and death of John Lennon, Devo-related vandalism, and the 1970s in general. The posters in the collection provide a glimpse into how record companies promoted their artists and records releases during the late 1970s and early 1980s, while the newspapers illustrate the media's depiction of a high profile celebrity murder.
Archival Collections, ARC-0301 through ARC-0350
ARC-0302 Danny Fields Collection on the Ramones (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Collection), 1975-1978, undated, 1.48 l.f.
The Danny Fields Collection on the Ramones (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Collection) contains items originally kept by Fields in a scrapbook. It covers the time period of Fields' management of the band, 1975-1980, though many of the items are undated. The Collection does not provide comprehensive documentation of his work with the Ramones. Highlights include a 1977 set list handwritten by Dee Dee Ramone, a letter to Fields from Roberta Bayley, a performance contract signed by Fields for the band, and two contact sheets from an early photo session. The Collection will be of use to researchers interested in the Ramones during the early part of their career. Each folder in this collection is arranged chronologically, with the undated material at the end.
ARC-0303 The T.A.M.I. Show Production Documents (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Collection), 1964-1965, 0.21 l.f.
The T.A.M.I. Show Production Documents consist of business records kept by Electronovision Productions, Inc., the production company that created this concert film. The documents include contracts, correspondence, memoranda, and notes on the production, which are arranged in original, reverse chronological order. Researchers will gain insight to the legal and financial dealings that occurred to make The T.A.M.I. Show possible. Please note that there is very little information in the collection on the performers featured in the show.
ARC-0304 The Big Beat Scrapbook (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Collection), 1959-1960, 0.21 l.f.
The Big Beat Scrapbook (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Collection) documents the taping of this Alan Freed television show from approximately October 1959 through January 1960. It contains photographs of performers, including Chuck Berry and Fats Domino, audience members, and detailed taping notes for select shows. This scrapbook will be useful to researchers interested in rock and roll television, and popular culture during the 1950s. Please note the book is in poor condition, with loose pages and photographs.
ARC-0305 Darren Grealish Posters, 1995, 2003-2011, 4.0 l.f.
The Darren Grealish Posters consist of 48 items designed by Grealish for a variety of bands and venues that span the years 1995 to 2011. The posters are organized alphabetically by featured musical artist. All the posters are from a second printing and are numbered limited editions; most measure 18" x 24" (exceptions are noted), and are also signed by Grealish. The collection provides a sampling of Grealish's artistic work, and, seen in a broader context, the collection provides insight into how mainstream and alternative rock bands and venues promoted their shows in the early 2000s and serves as a reference to artists that played during that era. Posters are arranged in alphabetical order by headlining artist.
ARC-0306 Symphonicity Tour Collection, ca. 2010, 1.42 l.f.
The Symphonicity Tour Collection contains a page of lyrics for "Fragile" and two conductor's scores for orchestral arrangements of "Englishman in New York" and "Fields of Gold." All materials are assumed to be circa 2010, when the tour began and the album of studio-recorded tracks Symphonicities was released.
ARC-0307 Tom Dowd and The Language of Music Poster, 2003, 4.0 l.f.
Tom Dowd and the Language of Music Poster is from 2003. The film profiles the life and legendary work of music producer and recording engineer Tom Dowd. Historical footage, vintage photographs, and interviews with a who's who list of musical giants from the worlds of jazz, soul, and classic rock shine a spotlight on Dowd, whose creative spirit and passion for innovative technology helped shape the course of modern music. Dowd's credits include recording sessions with the Allman Brothers Band, Booker T. and the MG's, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, John Coltrane, Cream, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Thelonious Monk, Tito Puente, Otis Redding, Rod Stewart, and countless other musical luminaries--many of whom are featured in the film through music and interviews.
ARC-0308 James Gallett Photographs of Frank Zappa, 1978 October, 0.07 l.f.
The James Gallett Photographs of Frank Zappa consist of four color photos taken by Gallett in late October 1978. They are from one of the six shows that Zappa played at the Palladium in New York City between October 27 and 31. The photographs measure 8" x 10" and feature close-up views of Zappa. Members of Zappa's band can be seen in the background of three of the photographs.
ARC-0309 Jean Thomas Logs, 1963-1972, 0.21 l.f.
The Jean Thomas Logs contain four books that Thomas used from 1963 to 1972 to document her singing career. These logs list the recording sessions that Thomas participated in and the companies with which she worked. Many of the entries note the songs on which she sang backing vocals, as well as other information, such as if it was a demo recording and the amount of money she earned for the work. Three of the four logs originally had yellow Post-It notes at the top of select pages that highlighted lead singers with whom she worked, including Connie Francis and Neil Diamond. These pages were photocopied, the Post-Its removed for preservation purposes, and the copies can be found in folder 5.
ARC-0310 Ralph Gleason File on Hank Williams (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Collection), 1949-1957, 1969, 0.14 l.f.
This file on Hank Williams was originally part of a collection held by influential American jazz and pop critic Ralph Gleason. The file contains a variety of information related to Williams, including seven mini notebook pages by Gleason from an interview he conducted with Williams on June 1, 1952, and a personal letter to Gleason from Williams's sister, Irene Smith, dated February 19, 1953. The other materials in the file include original manuscripts submitted to Gleason when he worked at the San Francisco Chronicle, an MGM Records biography on Williams, and clippings.
ARC-0311 Rick Taylor Papers, 1982-2000, undated, 1.42 l.f.
The Rick Taylor Papers document Taylor's work in the concert touring industry from the early 1980s through 2000. The collection contains Taylor's personal papers, Luther Vandross files, legal papers, and tour itinerary booklets. The bulk of the collection includes tour itinerary books for a variety of artists, and many include notes he wrote while on the road. Financial files and contracts make up the majority of the rest of the collection, with Luther Vandross as the primary subject. These files include ticket sales and merchandise reports. The collection will be useful to researchers studying the concert industry of the 1980s and 1990s.
ARC-0312 Mark Orlandi Collection, 1968-2005, undated, 4.42 l.f.
The Mark Orlandi Collection spans the years 1968 to 2005, includes undated materials, and consists of five series: 8-track audiotape cartridges, album flats, album inserts, files, and posters. The files include promotional materials related to performers, genres, and events that were of interest to the donor. Artists featured include the Beatles, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, the Doors, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, the Grateful Dead, George Harrison, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones, Talking Heads, Roger Waters, The Who, Neil Young, Frank Zappa, ZZ Top, and many others. Seen in a broader context, the collection provides insight to how new album releases were promoted, particularly those from the mid-1980s through the 1990s.
ARC-0314 Time-Life History of Rock 'n' Roll DVDs, 1995, 1.25 l.f.
Time-Life's Emmy-nominated series, The History of Rock 'n' Roll (1995), covered rock and roll history from its origins in the 1950s to Lollapalooza in the 1990s and included interviews, classic footage, and in-concert performances. Time-Life conducted over two hundred interviews as part of its production, and DVDs of the full, unedited interviews are what constitute this collection. In Part I of The History of Rock 'n' Roll, "Rock 'N' Roll Explodes," the roots of rock were explored, featuring Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Little Richard, and more. Part II, "Good Rockin' Tonight," was a look at how rock and roll affected America's color barrier. Part III, "Britain Invades, America Fights Back," investigated the impact of the Beatles and the gains Motown made simultaneously during this time period. In "Plugging In," part IV, the burgeoning electric music scene was examined. In Part V, "The Sounds of Soul," Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, and more were discussed. Part VI, "My Generation;" Part VII, "Guitar Heroes;" Part VII, "The 70's;" and Part IX, "Punk" follow. The series concludes with "Up From The Undergound," which chronicled the rise of street music to mainstream success and featured Michael Jackson, Madonna, N.W.A., Run-DMC, and others.
ARC-0315 Collection on Bobby Darin, undated, 0.07 l.f.
The Collection on Bobby Darin consists of two wallet-sized promotional photographs and three pieces of Darin's stationary. The items originally belonged to Harriet "Hesh" Wasser, Darin's publicist.
ARC-0316 CKLW "Big 8" Logo Print, circa 1967, 0.07 l.f.
The CKLW "Big 8" Logo print is a color depiction of the Windsor, Ontario, radio station's logo as it was in the late 1960s. The logo is carved in stone with roughly-drawn people dancing at its base, as though they were at a rock concert.
ARC-0317 Victor Colantoni Photographs of the Cars, 0.07 l.f.
The Victor Colantoni Photographs of the Cars consist of 13 3" x 5" images of the band performing in an unidentified club. There are eight black-and-white and five color photographs, all taken from the audience's perspective. The date on the photographs is September 1978, but this may refer to date they were printed, rather than the date they were taken. There are negatives for seven of the photographs, as well as other unidentified negatives (several of which appear to be backstage at an outdoor concert).
ARC-0318 Damion Bragdon Collection, 1976-2012, undated, 0.21 l.f.
The Damion Bragdon Collection spans the years 1976 to 2012 and includes some undated material. The Collection consists of Bragdon's biographical information, including a resume and career history as an on-air radio disc jockey and voice announcer; letters of thanks from concert venues, record stores, and charitable associations; and recommendations of Bragdon from former employers. Also included are promotional photos (one DVD-RW) and clips of performances on one CD (25 MP3 files) and four VHS videocassettes. The Damion Bragdon Collection provides insight to the career and achievements of a radio disc jockey.
ARC-0319 Martin "Red" Schwartz Collection, 1973-1976, undated, 0.21 l.f.
The Martin "Red" Schwartz Collection spans the years of 1973 to 1976 and includes undated materials. The Collection consists of Schwartz's business papers, including promotion notes on radio stations from around the country as they relate to the record labels that employed Schwartz; contact lists and addresses for radio station liaisons; correspondence with radio stations and local organizations; lists of radio stations that played singles from Schwartz's record label employers and other sales analysis documents; a "Polydor, Inc. Promotion Manager's Manual" and "Billboard Programming Guide to Progressive Rock Stations in the United States." The files are organized chronologically.
ARC-0320 Poster of Alice Cooper, 2002 November, 4.5 l.f.
The Poster of Alice Cooper is for his European tour, specifically the November 2002 show in St. Petersberg, Russia.
ARC-0322 Frank Hebblethwaite Collection on Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band, 1963-2012, undated, 17.17 l.f.
The Frank Hebblethwaite Collection on Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band is a comprehensive collection that documents the psychedelic rock group as well as the artistic career of Don Van Vliet. The collection also contains information on artists that were associated with Captain Beefheart, such as Frank Zappa and Henry Kaiser. There are five series that separate the collection by format: audiovisual materials, gallery publications, photographs, posters, and research and ephemera.
ARC-0324 Robert and Margo Roth Collection of Handbills, Postcards, and Posters, 1966-1971, 1993-1995, 4.14 l.f.
The Robert and Margo Roth Collection of Handbills, Postcards, and Posters spans the years 1966 to 1971 and 1993 to 1995. The Collection consists of one handbill, 65 postcards, and 44 posters that are organized first by the artist or production company associated with the item, and then by series number or date. The handbill, 54 of the postcards (including duplicates), and five of the posters are from Fillmore Auditorium shows (San Francisco, California) presented by Bill Graham; five of the posters and 11 of the postcards (including duplicates) are from Family Dog Productions at the Avalon Ballroom (San Francisco, California); and 32 of the posters are designed by Derek Hess, the majority of which are for shows in Ohio, as well as Florida, Michigan, and Texas. In addition, there are three other posters in the collection for shows by Big Brother and the Holding Company and the Charlatans that are not related to Bill Graham, Family Dog, or Derek Hess, and are therefore arranged separately. The collection provides insight to the psychedelic artwork associated with the music of the 1960s, while also illustrating how concert poster art had evolved by the 1990s. Artists and photographers, besides Derek Hess, featured include ALSO, D. Bread, Larry Conklin, Bob Fried, Joe Gomez, Herb Greene, Rick Griffin, Gut, Jack Hatfield, Charles Laurens Heald, William Henry, Greg Irons, Alton Kelley, Nicholas Kouninos, Ned Lamont (aka Tom Glass), Carl Lundgren, Bonnie MacLean, Jim Marshall, Victor Moscoso, Stanley Mouse, Norman Orr, P. Pynchon, Salas, Bob Schnepf, Bob Seidemann, David Singer, Randy Tuten, Eric Weber, Wes Wilson, and Paul Zavorskas. Performers featured include the 13th Floor Elevators, Afghan Whigs, Bad Religion, the Band, Chuck Berry, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Buffalo Springfield, Butterfield Blues Band, Canned Heat, Captain Beefheart, Chambers Brothers, the Charlatans, Country Joe and the Fish, Miles Davis, Donovan, Fishbone, Grass Roots, Grateful Dead, Guided By Voices, Buddy Guy, Gwar, Helmet, Iron Butterfly, Jeff Beck Group, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Janis Joplin, Albert King, Led Zeppelin, Marilyn Manson, Moby Grape, Mothers of Invention, Mule, Nine Inch Nails, Pavement, Pearl Jam, Pink Floyd, Procol Harum, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Reverend Horton Heat, Rollins Band, Sam and Dave, Santana, Boz Scaggs, Steve Miller Band, Junior Wells, White Zombie, the Who, Peter Wolf, the Youngbloods, and Young Rascals.
ARC-0325 John D. Morton Flyer and Postcards, 2002-2012, 0.07 l.f.
The John D. Morton Flyer and Postcards contains artwork by Morton, including eight postcards of his photographs and a reproduction of a flyer from an Electric Eels show in 1974.
ARC-0326 Les Paul Papers,1925-2008, undated, 7.59 l.f.
The Les Paul Papers span the years 1925 to 2008, with the bulk of the material dating between 1952 and 1963. The Papers comprise 7.59 linear feet of material related to careers of Les Paul and Mary Ford. The bulk of the collection consists of publicity materials, including advertisements; newspaper and magazine clippings from publications such as Billboard, Cash Box, Melody Maker, Tuney Tunes, and The Music Reporter; newsletters and dailies, such as "Top Hit Club News," "This is Nashville," "The Motion Picture Daily," "Officer's Open Mess" (Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska), and "The Columbia Record;" handbills; press kits; press releases; and programs. These materials are primarily in English, though some of the files contain materials in German, Japanese, Danish, French, Swiss, and Dutch. The Papers also contain academic papers on Paul, biographical information, brochures, catalogs, chord sheets, contracts, copyright documents, correspondence, hit charts, index cards of jokes, lyrics, music arrangements and manuscripts, orchestrations, Paul's passport, photographs, publications, record covers, recording notes, royalty reports, scrapbooks, scripts, set lists, sheet music, stage design drawings, and miscellaneous materials. Persons of note featured in the collection include columnist, radio critic, editor, and talent agent Buddy Basch and artist manager Gray Gordon. The American Federation of Musicians, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Capitol Records, Columbia Records, the General Artists Corporation, Gibson, the Iridium Jazz Club, Music Operators of New York, Oahu School of Music in Cleveland, Professional Music Men, Robbins Music Corporation, Roz Starr, Star Sound Record Company, WGN, Wurlitzer, and Young and Rubicam Advertising are also featured in the collection. Only a portion of the original order was able to be maintained; most faithfully in the correspondence. The collection as a whole is organized alphabetically by file title, and then chronologically where possible, with undated materials at the end.
ARC-0328 Neal Smith Photograph, 1973, 0.07 l.f.
The Neal Smith Photograph is an 8 1/2" x 11" black-and-white image of Smith and the mirrored Premier drum set he used on the Billion Dollar Babies tour.
ARC-0329 Perpetual Mass Cards for the Ramones, 2012, 0.21 l.f.
The Perpetual Mass Cards for the Ramones contain a card for each member of the original Ramones: Dee Dee, Joey, Johnny, and Tommy. The cards were requested by donor Robert Murray in order that the Ramones would "share in the daily Masses, Prayers, and Works" of the Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut.
ARC-0330 Derek Hess Posters, 1994-1999, 16.0 l.f.
The Derek Hess Posters consist of 85 concert and exhibit posters featuring Hess's artwork and highlighting a number of 1990s alternative rock groups. Many of the posters document concerts performed at Cleveland, Ohio venues, including the Agora, Euclid Tavern, Odeon, Peabody's, and the Wolstein Center. The posters are arranged alphabetically by title of event and then chronologically.
ARC-0331 Charlie Auringer Collection on Creem, 1969-1985, 0.21 l.f.
The Charlie Auringer Collection on Creem contains materials on Creem magazine, including promotional materials, artist photographs, and negatives. Much of the materials are undated, but dated materials suggest the bulk of the collection is from the 1970s and early 1980s. The bulk of the collection consists of artist photographs, many modeling the Creem t-shirt.
ARC-0332 Fillmore West Posters, 1969-1971, 1.92 l.f.
The Fillmore West Posters include four posters for concerts held at the Fillmore West venue. The posters feature the Steve Miller Band, Albert King, Ike and Tina Turner, the Grateful Dead, and more from 1969 to 1971. The posters are arranged chronologically.
ARC-0335 Yellow Submarine Poster, 1968, 3.42 l.f.
The Yellow Submarine Poster is a three-sheet in two sections, promoting the Beatles' 1968 film.
ARC-0336 Poster of the Beatles at Shea Stadium, ca. 2006, 4 l.f.
Beatles at Shea Stadium Poster consists of one reproduction poster for the Beatles August 23, 1966 concert at Shea Stadium. The reproduction was signed and dated by Sid Bernstein on January 18, 2006. The poster illustrates how Beatles' live shows were promoted in the United States. Seen in a broader context, the poster provides insight to the advertising of the period and ticket pricing for popular music concerts.
ARC-0337 Vans Warped Tour Posters, 1997, 2001-2006, 1.92 l.f.
The Vans Warped Tour Posters include five concert posters for the tour featuring a number of different artists, including the Alien Ant Farm, Ataris, Bouncing Souls, Descendents, Dropkick Murphys, Good Charlotte, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Less Than Jake, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, NOFX, Pennywise, Rise Against, and Social Distortion. The posters are from concerts held in 1997 and 2001-2006, and mention several venues in Michigan, from the Pontiac Silverdome to Phoenix Plaza and Downtown Detroit.
ARC-0345 Ian Whitcomb Collection, 1964-1995, undated, 0.21 l.f.
The Ian Whitcomb Collection documents Whitcomb's career as an entertainer from 1965-2011. It primarily consists of audiovisual and promotional materials that demonstrate his multiple talents. This collection will interest researchers of the British Invasion, as well as those with a focus on pre-rock-and-roll genres such as ragtime and vaudeville.
ARC-0346 Curtis Johnson Negatives and Photographs, 1963 August 23, undated, 0.07 l.f.
The Curtis Johnson Negatives and Photographs consist of 79 digital images on a CD-RW; 72 of which are preservation-quality digital scans of Johnson's negatives of the Beatles' first press conference in the United States on August 23, 1963; five are JPEGs of prints, the images of which are duplicated in the digitized negatives; and two are JPEGs of a Joan Baez photograph from an undated performance at the Long Beach, Calif. Auditorium, captured at different resolutions.
Archival Collections, ARC-0351 through ARC-0400
ARC-0352 Mike Kole Collection, 1988-2002, 3.0 l.f.
The Mike Kole Collection spans the years 1988 to 2002 and includes 199 audiocassettes of recorded radio shows and music logs for shows hosted by Mike Kole, as well as related correspondence. The collection provides insight into 1990s Cleveland college radio.
ARC-0357 Smile Revolution Concert Poster, 2010 August 8, 1.34 l.f.
The Smile Revolution Concert Poster documents the first concert held to support the work of Mindy Fradkin-Mousaa, aka Princess WOW! The concert took place on August 8, 2010, at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, New York, with Pete Seeger as the headliner. All of the participants signed the poster.
ARC-0360 Collection on Goose Lake International Music Festival, 1970, 0.07 l.f.
The Collection on Goose Lake International Music Festival documents the festival in three ways: advertising, ticketing, and video. It includes a double-sided handbill, five colored tokens that were used instead of paper tickets, and a DVD with 107 minutes of concert and audience footage. These items will be useful to researchers interested in festivals and the youth culture of 1970.
ARC-0362 Images of the World Series of Rock, 1980 August, 0.07 l.f.
The Images of the World Series of Rock consist of approximately 30 color slides, digital files, and photographic prints from the World Series of Rock concert in Cleveland in August 1980. The materials are arranged by format: the slides show scenes inside the Cleveland Free Clinic tent, the crowd, and the arena before and after the show; there are also digital versions of the slides on CD and two color 4" x 6" prints.
ARC-0363 Babes in Toyland Collection, undated, 2.0 l.f.
The Babes in Toyland Collection is comprised of a print of the album art for Fontanelle and lyrics to "Middle Man."
ARC-0365 Joe Koelliker Radio Spots and Film, 1973-1974, undated, 4.0 l.f.
The Joe Koelliker Radio Spots and Film collection spans the years 1973 to 1974 and includes some undated material. The collection consists of multiple copies of 1/4-inch audiotape of promotional radio advertisements for new album releases, as well as a 16mm film clip for Captain Beefheart on Warner Records. Artists featured in the clips include ABBA, the Allman Brothers, America, Bad Company, Badfinder, Dickey Betts, Jackson Browne, Tim Buckley, Eric Clapton, Deep Purple, the Doobie Brothers, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Fleetwood Mac, the James Gang, Peggy Lee, Little Feat, Marshall Tucker Band, Van Morrison, Randy Newman, Bonnie Raitt, Seals and Croft, James Taylor, Ron Wood, Bill Wyman, Neil Young, and Frank Zappa. Record labels featured are Atlantic, ATCO, Elektra, Rolling Stone, and Warner/Reprise. The collection provides insight into how record labels promoted their artists and new releases during the 1970s. The tapes are organized alphabetically by artist or title of the tape.
ARC-0371 Jerry Zolten Collection, 2011-2012, undated, 1.0 l.f.
The Jerry Zolten Collection documents distinct parts of the music industry. The first series contains filmed interviews with the founder of Specialty Records, Art Rupe, and folk singer Pete Seeger, conducted by Zolten in 2011 and 2012. The second series contains examples of various record company sleeves for 10-inch records; these sleeves are not dated. This collection will be of interest to researchers of record labels and folk music.
ARC-0372 FNHarsh Design Collection, 2002-2012, 1.34 l.f.
The FNHarsh Design Collection spans the years 2002 to 2012 and contains 70 posters with illustrations by Scott Kustowski and designs by Denis Mutter. The Collection also contains some promotional materials for FNHarsh and Flatstock, a poster show series presented by the American Poster Institute (API) that features the work of many of the most popular concert poster artists working today. The posters, for the most part, document shows performed in the Dayton, Ohio, area, but also include venues in other Ohio cities, California, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Montana, New York, South Carolina, Utah, and Washington, D.C. Performers featured in the collection include Accidentally on Purpose, Crazy Joe Tritchler and the Mad River Outlaws, the Dead Kennedys, Detroit Cobras, Deke Dickerson and the Ecco-Fonics, Heartless Bastards, Los Straightjackets, the Professors, Reverend Horton Heat, Shonen Knife, the Singles, Switchblade Serenade, Hank Williams III, Link Wray, and X. The FNHarsh Collection provides a sampling of artistic work by Kustowski and Mutter and illustrates their involvement in the API and with the Flatstock poster show series. Seen in a broader context, the collection provides insight to how alternative rock bands and local venues promoted their shows in the early 2000s and serves as a reference to performers that played during that era. The FNHarsh Design Collection is organized into two series by format: the posters are arranged alphabetically by headlining performer; while the promotional materials are arranged chronologically.
ARC-0373 Collection on New Orleans Jazz in Cleveland, 1961, 2004, 0.07 l.f.
The Collection on New Orleans Jazz in Cleveland consists of four contracts for engagements at the Hotel Tudor Arms that featured New Orleans jazz musicians. These contracts represent the efforts of H. Lee Osborne, the hotel's promotion manager, to bring this type of music to Cleveland in 1961. The collection also includes several pages of supporting material from the book Cleveland Jazz History.
ARC-0375 Cream Concert Poster, 1968 November 3, 1.92 l.f.
The Cream Concert Poster is for a show on their farewell tour of the United States; held on November 3, 1968 at the Baltimore Civic Center in Baltimore, Maryland.
ARC-0376 Moonalice Collection, 2009-2011, 4 items
The Moonalice Collection consists of four electronic files: two PDF files that log the downloads of the Moonalice single "It's 4:20 Somewhere" over the course of two years (November 2009-November 2011) and two audio files for the same song (MP3, FLAC). Moonalice was the first band to reach 1 million downloads of a song from its own servers, without distribution on a label.
ARC-0378 Emek Posters, 2003-2012, 4.0 l.f.
The Emek Posters span the years 2004 to 2012 and consist of 37 items, with art by Emek, a few pieces by Emek with his brother Gan, and a piece each by Emek with Stanley Mouse and Emek with Horkey. Performers and groups featured include Audioslave, the Black Keys, Erykah Badu, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Coheed and Cambria, DeadMau5, Death Cab for Cutie, the Decemberists, Flaming Lips, the Grateful Dead, Massive Attack, Pearl Jam, Ravi Shankar, Sonic Youth, Them Crooked Vultures, Thievery Corporation, Ween, Weezer, Wide Spread Panic, and Zero Seven. Music festivals featured include the Azkena Rock Festival (ARF) (Vitoria-Gasteiz (Álava),Spain), Coachella, Moe Down (Turin, N.Y.), Rothbury Festival (Rothbury, Mich.), and the Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival at Mulberry Mountain (Ozark, Kan.), as well as the KCRW 89.9 (Santa Monica, Calif.) series "A Sounds Eclectic Evening." All posters are signed by Emek. Show proofs (used by promoters or for display), artist proofs, printer's proofs, and color or foil variations are noted at the item level. The posters are arranged alphabetically by the name of the headlining artist or event; then chronologically as necessary.
ARC-0379 Photograph of Jim Morrison's Grave, 1987, 1.0 l.f.
The Photograph of Jim Morrison's Grave is a 12" x 16" black-and-white photographic print by Michelle Campbell from 1987.
ARC-0382 Door's Strange Days Reel, 1967, 0.07 l.f.
This is the commercial release of the album Strange Days by the Doors on 1/4-inch reel audio tape. The content of this item is not unique, but the format of the item requires archival storage and handling.
ARC-0384 Maureen Mann Collection on the Beatles, 1964-2004, 0.21 l.f.
The Maureen Mann Collection on the Beatles spans the years 1964 to 1997 and includes catalogs, correspondence, magazines, photographs, and a miscellany of printed ephemera associated with the Beatles and the death of John Lennon. The ephemera includes brochures, envelopes, postage stamps, stationary, and ticket stubs. Of particular note is a letter from Ringo Starr's wife, Maureen Starkey, thanking Mann for her congratulations on the birth of the Starrs' first child, Zak.
ARC-0385 Luther Vandross Collection (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Collection), circa 1987, 2000-2003, undated, 1.33 l.f.
The Luther Vandross Collection spans the years circa 1987, 2000 to 2003, and includes undated materials. The collection includes a 2003 letter from Clive Davis to Vandross regarding a track by Shep Crawford, "Buy Me a Rose," and a new song by Harold Lilly, "Got You Home;" undated handwritten lyrics, song lists, and photocopied performance and recording notes for "My Sensitivity (Gets in the Way)," "If Only For One Night," "It's Over Now," "'Til My Baby Comes Home," "Creepin'," "Wait For Love," and "The Night I Fell In Love;" handwritten orchestration for "Never Too Much;" a poster for an appearance at the Hammersmith Odeon, circa 1987; and the contents of two binders of tour documents from 2000 and 2001. The tour documents include information on pyrotechnics, stage and set design, lighting and sound design, and catering; as well as requirements for hired crew, technical specifications, travel itineraries, venue maps and contact information, site plans, and invoices, contracts, and licenses. The collection will be of most use to those interested in Vandross' later career and artistic process.
ARC-0388 Raymond F. Kearney Collection on Simon and Garfunkel, 1957-2012, undated, 13.42 l.f.
The Raymond F. Kearney Collection on Simon and Garfunkel spans the years 1957 to 2012 and includes some undated materials. The collection contains 25 bound volumes, 10 three-ring binders, tour programs, 15 bound books of collected photographs, posters, audio recordings, and random ephemera and periodicals. The bound volumes and binders include histories, lyrics, discographies, screen plays, criticism, magazine and newspaper articles, photographs, publicity stills, and photocopies of images–all featuring the careers of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel from their beginnings as "Tom and Jerry" to their solo careers. The collection is incredibly well-documented on the item-level through a detailed catalog created by the donor, which can be found in Series I.
ARC-0389 Collection on Spin Magazine, 1935-2006, undated, 6.33 l.f.
The Collection on Spin Magazine spans the dates 1935 to 2004 and includes some undated materials. The collection contains photographs, slides, negatives, and promotional materials relating to the artists featured in Spin magazine, primarily during the 1990s. The collection sheds light not only on Spin's content focus during the 1990s but on the artists featured and the photographers responsible for the content as well.
ARC-0390 Photograph of Foreigner, 1996, 0.07 l.f.
The Photograph of Foreigner is a promotional image by Allyn J. Borrino from 1996, Hard to Handle Management, signed: "To the Rock and Roll 'Hall of Fame' all the best" with the signatures of Mick Jones, lead guitar, keyboards, synthesizers, bass, and vocals (1976-present); Lou Gramm, lead vocals and percussion (1976-1990, 1992-2003); Jeff Jacobs, keyboards, synthesizer, and backing vocals (1991-2007); Bruce Turgon, bass guitar and backing vocals (1992-2003); and Ron Wikso, drums and percussion (1995-1998).
ARC-0391 Richard Byrd Photographs, 1966-1969, undated, 0.07 l.f.
The Richard Byrd Photographs span the years 1966 to 1969 and include some undated materials. Individuals featured include Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, Bill Graham, Arlo Guthrie, Gary Hoey, Janis Joplin, Doug Kershaw, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Rick Nelson, Peter Paul and Mary, Ringo Starr, and Buffy Sainte-Marie. Of particular note are images from Janis Joplin's last San Francisco show at the Winterland Ballroom on October 5, 1969.
ARC-0393 Collection of Elvis Presley Photographs, undated, 0.07 l.f.
The Collection of Elvis Presley Photographs contains twelve images of or related to Presley. The photographs are primarily black-and-white, and, in addition to Elvis, they feature Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley, as well as Elvis' parents. There are three color snapshots that were likely taken at Graceland. The photographs are arranged in the order which they were received.
ARC-0394 Bunny Paul Papers, 1955-1959, 1983, 0.14 l.f.
The Bunny Paul Papers document the career of Bunny Paul, an early female singer-songwriter. The papers primarily date from 1955 to 1959, with a clipping from 1983. In addition to clippings, the papers include a press release, promotional photographs, and a handwritten lead sheet for the song, "Love Birds."
ARC-0395 Photographs of Paul McCartney, 1968 December, 0.07 l.f.
The Photographs of Paul McCartney document McCartney's visit to the Beverly Hills Hotel in California in 1968. The five color Instamatic prints show McCartney signing autographs or posing with fans at the hotel. There is no information about the photographer; however, the reverse of each photo states "Registered Photo - Do Not Copy, Register No. 1030." These photographs are arranged in the order received. They will be useful to researchers interested in the Beatles.
ARC-0396 Photograph of Ritchie Valens, 1959 January 24, 2009 January 18, 0.07 l.f.
The Photograph of Ritchie Valens was shot in Kenosha, Wisconsin at what was then known as the Eagles Ballroom on 58th Street on January 24, 1959, during the ill-fated Winter Dance Party bus tour of the Midwest and a little over a week before Valens, Buddy Holly, J.P. Richardson ("The Big Bopper"), and the pilot of their plane were killed in a crash in the early hours of February 3, 1959. Five photographers from Sterelczyk Photo who had been shooting weddings that day showed up at the end of the show to catch whatever images they could. The donor appears in the image, behind Valens' guitar cable. The file also contains a an article from January 18, 2009 by Peter Jackel, Journal Times, detailing the events of the night of January 24, 1959.
ARC-0399 Bill Greenfield Collection, 1964-1965, 2010, undated, 0.07 l.f.
The Bill Greenfield Collection consists of over 450 digital jpeg images on a DVD-R of engineering drawings, sketches, photographs, and documents used in Greenfield's position as lighting director for CBS TV and the Ed Sullivan Show, from 1960-1971. Approximately 180 of the images are engineering drawings and sketches used to set the stage for the Ed Sullivan Show, including for a performance by the Beatles in 1965. Of particular note is a nearly complete set of drawings for the February 9, 1964 episode. Many of the conceptual drawings are by Bill Bohnert, who worked in the art department for the Ed Sullivan Show from 1964-1965. Also in the collection are a few digital images of photographs and printed ephemera related to Bill Greenfield and to the donor, Stephen Gill, and his personal experiences with the Ed Sullivan Show over the years, including attending the Beatles performance on August 14, 1965.
ARC-0400 Chet Helms Family Photographs, 1985, undated, 10 items
The Chet Helms Family Photographs include five images of Chet as a child and adult, as well as three images of Helms' parents, Chester and Novella Helms, and two of Helms with his siblings, John and Jimmy.
Archival Collections, ARC-0401 through ARC-0450
ARC-0401 Invitation to Janis Joplin's Wake, 1970 October 26, 0.07 l.f.
The Invitation to Janis Joplin's Wake was sent to donor Charles Pattie, who attended the event on October 26, 1970 at the Lion's Share, 60 Red Hill Road, San Anselmo, California. Pattie was a friend of Joplin and manager of the Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic in San Francisco, of which Joplin was a supporter. He remembers the wake as invitation-only and that the bulk of the attendees were Hell's Angels, Haight Clinic staff, and band members from the Grateful Dead, Big Brother and the Holding Company, and Quicksilver, among others.
ARC-0403 Poster of Richie Havens, 1973 May 11, 1.5 l.f.
The Poster of Richie Havens is for a show on May 11, 1973 with Bruce Springsteen at the Veteran's Memorial Auditorium at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. It was a Red Road Production.
ARC-0404 Collection on Bill Monroe, 1967, 1982, 4.07 l.f.
The Collection on Bill Monroe includes two contracts and a reproduction poster dating from 1967 and 1982 respectively. The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada contracts are from the Acuff-Rose Artists Corporation on behalf of Bill Monroe and The Blue Grass Boys. The first contract is dated September 18, 1967 and is between Acuff-Rose and the Big Brothers of Charlottesville-Albemarle, Inc. for a performance on November 25, 1967 at University Hall, Emmett Street, Charlottesville, Virginia for $750. The other contract is dated November 9, 1967 and is between Acuff-Rose and Ray Adkins for two shows on November 24, 1967 at the National Guard Armory, Elkins, West Virginia for $600. The reproduction poster is copyrighted 1982 by Hatch Show Print, Nashville, Tennessee. It is for a WSM radio broadcast of the Grand Ole Opry with Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys. The collection materials are stored separately due to size.
ARC-0405 Shawn Hurley Collection, 1985-1986, 1988, 1994, 4.07 l.f.
The Shawn Hurley Collection spans the years 1985-1986, 1988, and 1994. The collection contains rock ephemera from Germany in German and English. Included in the collection is a handbill for Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band performing at Olympic Stadium in Munich, Germany; and three posters: the first, of the two-day Rock in Tiem festival in Munich, Germany, with Simple Minds, James Taylor, Talk Talk, The Cure, Marillion, Cock Robin, Simply Red, Chris Rea, Fine Young Cannibals, Feargal Sharkey, Waterboys, Mitteregger, the Alarm, Fritz Brause, the Damned, Ten Ten, Munich, and Cacuman, with special guests the Bangles and INXS; the second, for the Monsters of Rock trou in Schweinfurt, Germany at the Mainwiesen Gelände, featuring Iron Maiden with special guests David Lee Roth, Kiss, Megadeth, Anthrax, Great White, and Treat; and the third, for the Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds album Let Love In. The bulk of the collection provides examples of an interesting cross-section of rock and pop music concerts and how they were promoted in Europe, primarily during the 1980s.
ARC-0406 Photograph of Leonard Cohen, 2007 July 8, 0.07 l.f.
The Photograph of Leonard Cohen is a digital image on CD-R of Cohen that was taken by Dave Owen on July 8, 2007. The occasion was the opening of Cohen's art exhibit, "A Private Gaze," at the Richard Goodell Gallery in Manchester, England. This was the first public showing of Cohen's drawings.
ARC-0407 Song Lyrics for "Home," 2012, 0.07 l.f.
The Song Lyrics for "Home" are a typed page, written by Justin Gorski in 2012.
ARC-0409 Rock 'n' Roll High School Poster, circa 1979, 3.0 l.f.
The Rock 'n' Roll High School Poster is circa 1979, documenting the film and its associated advertising. The film is about a group of rock-music-loving students, who, with the help of the punk group the Ramones, take over their school to combat its oppressive administration. The poster is autographed by all four Ramones.
ARC-0410 Madison Square Garden Dressing Room Signs, 2002-2003, 0.07 l.f.
The Madison Square Garden Dressing Room Signs consist of five laminated signs that were hung on the dressing room doors at Madison Square Garden during the years 2002-2003. Artists featured include Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, Madonna, Paul McCartney, and the Rolling Stones.
ARC-0411 Dusty Street Collection, 1971-2003, undated, 0.07 l.f.
The Dusty Street Collection includes 15 handwritten and typed playlists from Street's work as a DJ at the following radio stations: KTIM (San Francisco, California), KROQ (Pasadena, California), and STAR 102.7. Three playlists are unidentified. Also included in the collection is a KMPX (San Francisco, California) staff photograph by Baron Wolman, inscribed to Street from Wolman. Seen as a whole, the collection provides data regarding popular music trends during the 1970s and 1980s, specifically in the San Francisco Bay Area.
ARC-0412 Ton-E Watson Photographs, 1994-1997, 1.55 l.f.
The Ton-E Watson Photographs span the years 1994-1997 and consist of 61 images of black artists performing in the Cleveland, Ohio, area. Artists featured include Arrested Development, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Chuck D (Public Enemy), George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, De La Soul, Eazy-E (N.W.A.), Lenny Kravitz, Men at Large, Me'Shell NdegéOcello, Rahsaan Patterson, and Redman. Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and Men at Large are both originally from Cleveland, Ohio. Venues featured in the photographs include the Agora, Odeon, and Peabody's Down Under. The images of Chuck D and Men at Large were taken at an unidentified charity event in East Cleveland; while the images of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and Eazy-E were taken while shooting the video for the song, "Thuggish Ruggish Bone." The collection highlights performances by black artists from various genres (funk, hip hop, rhythm and blues, and soul) who were influential on the music scene during the mid-1990s.
ARC-0413 Louis Jordan Collection, 1937-1992, undated, 1.33 l.f.
The Louis Jordan Collection spans the years 1937 to 1992, including some undated materials, with the bulk of the collection dating from 1965 to 1974. The collection includes biographical information on Jordan, clippings on his career, annotated lyrics and orchestral parts, photographs, programs, set lists, sheet music, slides, and song lists, as well as a few individual personal items. The collection provides insight into Jordan's personal life as well as his career, with a number of materials related to the 1974 musical revue "New Orleans and All That Jazz," produced by Tommy Walker and featuring Jordan and Didi Wilson at the River Queen Lounge, Marriot Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana.
ARC-0414 Beverly Ross Collection, 1954-1970, 0.21 l.f.
The Beverly Ross Collection documents Ross' work as a Brill Building songwriter in the 1950s, and in the late 1960s as a staff writer for Kama Sutra Records. The paper materials include her contract with Kama Rippa Music, Inc., copyright registration forms, lead sheets (some annotated), and sheet music. These items are arranged alphabetically by format and title. A copy of her detailed inventory is available upon request. Ross' collection provides insight to the work of popular music composers during the 1950s and 1960s.
ARC-0415 Eddie Cochran Papers, 1952-1994, undated, 3.5 l.f.
The Eddie Cochran Papers span the years 1952 to 1994 and include some undated materials. The bulk of the papers consist of fan mail and business records, but the collection also contains lyrics, music manuscripts, a set list, publications, and personal materials related to Cochran's childhood, schooling, church affiliation, and family. The key portion of the collection is the business records, which include contracts, correspondence, invoices and receipts, itineraries and schedules (including those for the 1957 Biggest Show of Stars and the film Untamed Youth), press releases, record distributor lists, rental and purchase agreements, and royalty and tax withholding statements related to Cochran's career and the American Federation of Musicians, the American Foundation of Television and Radio Artists, Bell Gardens Music Center, BMI, Gold Star Studios, Liberty Records, and the Screen Actors Guild. Highlights of the collection include correspondence between Cochran and Dick Clark, Freeman Hoover (disc jockey and longtime family friend), Georgia Winters of 16 magazine, Johnnie Rowe, and Cochran's fiancé Sharon Sheeley, as well as telegrams related to Cochran's death, handwritten directions to a party held by Connie Francis, handwritten and typewritten lyrics to songs including “Nervous Breakdown” and “C’mon Everybody,” handwritten musical arrangements, catalogs and price lists from Gibson and Gretsch, and several photographs, including promotional and middle school age photos of Cochran, Billy Fury, Charlie Grace (inscribed to Cochran), and a rare photo of Buddy Holly with Freeman Hoover and J.I. Allison. The Eddie Cochran Papers provide rich documentation of Cochran’s career and his impact on early rock and rockabilly music, as well as his impact on the public and his fan base. The collection also provides insight into the minutia of artist life during the 1950s: how and where equipment was rented and/or purchased, contract negotiation, tour and film schedules, and union membership.
ARC-0416 Photograph of Jann Wenner, 1978, 4.0 l.f.
The Photograph of Jann Wenner was taken in New York by Lynn Goldsmith in 1978. It is a black-and-white, matted print, approximately 26" x 28", that shows Wenner playing guitar.
ARC-0417 Collection on Joan Jett, 1982-2001, undated, 4.21 l.f.
The Collection on Joan Jett documents Jett's career from a fan perspective. This collection was compiled by Michelle Campana, publisher of the Joan Jett fanzine GROAMY (named after the album, Glorious Results of a Mispent Youth). The collection includes six issues of the publication and is arranged alphabetically by file title.
ARC-0418 Austin City Limits/KLRU Collection, 1974-2013, undated, 142.08 l.f.
The Austin City Limits / KLRU Collection spans the years 1974 to 2013, including undated materials, and consists of the records created during the process of planning, budgeting, contracting, producing, editing, distributing, and marketing the Austin City Limits television show. The majority of the collection documents the work of the show's executive and associate producers, including Bill Arhos, Dick Peterson, Lickona Watson and Casey Productions, and LickonaVision, as well as that of their teams, the associate producer/archivist, and photographer, as well as the Community Engagement Department for KLRU. The collection is organized into three series based on format: documents, photographs, and publications.
ARC-0419 Freda Kelly Collection, 1963-1968, 0.07 l.f.
The Freda Kelly Collection contains photographic reproductions of seven black-and-white photographs of the Beatles from the 1960s. A number of the images are of Paul McCartney alone. The collection also contains a photocopied letter, dated January 30, 1963, from Brian Epstein to Dave Moores regarding a Beatles appearance in Stowe, as well as 14 photocopies of telegrams sent to Kelly and Brian Norris upon their nuptials in April 1968.
ARC-0421 Collection on the Woodstock and Mountaindale Festivals, 1969-1970, 0.14 l.f.
The Collection on the Woodstock and Mountaindale Festivals documents two music festivals that did not go as planned. The collection consists of three items: a brochure for Woodstock at its original location of Wallkill, NY; an issue of the Times Herald Record from August 16, 1969; and a program for the Mountaindale Festival, which was scheduled for July 11, 1970. The collection is arranged chronologically.
ARC-0422 Bob Moody Collection, 1965-1976, 0.07 l.f.
The Robert A. Moody Collection spans the years 1965 to 1976 and contains radio-related materials collected by Moody, who served as a music director and on-air radio personality for several of the stations featured in the collection. The bulk of the collection contains original radio station playlists from KOTN-AM in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, KAAY-AM, KALO-AM, and KARK-FM, out of Little Rock, Arkansas, KTLK-AM in Dever, Colorado, and CKLW-AM. In addition to the playlists, there is a Stax Records newsletter from 1968, honoring Bill Gavin, and a KOTN-AM program log draft from April 15, 1969. The collection provides insight to Top 40 music of the mid to late-1960s and early-1970s.
ARC-0424 Collection on Madonna, 1979-1981, 0.07 l.f.
The Collection on Madonna (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Collection) spans the years 1979 to 1981 and focuses on the beginnings of the singer's career. The collection includes a demo tape, circa 1979, that was sent to bars and clubs in the New York City area before Madonna was signed to a record label. The demo includes four songs: "I Want You," "Get Up," "Love on the Run," and "High Society." Also included in the collection is a head shot that includes biographical information on the back, and two copies of a letter from Don DeVito, then vice president of talent acquisitions at CBS Records, dated November 10, 1981, in which he passes on signing Madonna.
ARC-0425 The Who Poster, 1966 December 30, 4.0 l.f.
The Who Poster is from a concert at Cheam Baths in Surrey on December 30, 1966.
ARC-0426 Abbie Kearse Papers, 1989-1998, undated, 2.08 l.f.
The Abbie Kearse Papers span the years 1989 to 1998 and consist of artist files, personal files, and research files relating to rap, MTV, and hip hop artists, including Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, and Dr. Dre.
ARC-0428 Frederick S. Boros Audio Recordings, 1962-2012, undated, 25 l.f.
The Frederick S. Boros Audio Recordings span the years 1962 to 2012 and contain some undated materials. The collection contains 1,607 bootleg concert recordings on compact disc; many of the recordings consist of multiple discs. The discs are arranged alphabetically by artist, and then chronologically by date of concert. There are an additional 437 digital recordings not on compact disc that are not listed in this finding aid. The digital files are in FLAC format. A copy of the inventory of FLAC files is available upon request. Artists featured prominently in the collection include Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, Bruce Springsteen, U2, and Tom Waits. Many of the recordings were made at venues throughout the Northeast Ohio area.
ARC-0430 Joel Makower Woodstock Interviews Collection, 1988-1898, 1.5 l.f.
The Joel Makower Woodstock Interviews Collection is comprised of 55 individual audiocassette tapes. The tapes are recordings of interviews between the donor and people who participated in the original Woodstock music festival in 1969 in either an organizational or performative capacity. The interviews are also the subject of Woodstock: The Oral History written by Makower. The audiocassettes are stored in their original order as received.
ARC-0431 Radio Airchecks, 1962-2001, undated, 97 items
The Radio Airchecks span the years 1962 to 2001, with some undated materials and the bulk of the collection falling between 1962 and 1977. The collection consists of 97 airchecks in the form of digital wave and MP3 files. The files are arranged here alphabetically by radio station and then by disc jockey. The radio stations included in the collection are, for the most part, Los Angeles-based, but there are other stations from California (Berkeley, Glendale, San Francisco) and Michigan (Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Jackson), as well as Tucson, Arizona; Tampa Bay, Florida; Boston, Massachusetts; Roswell, New Mexico; New York, New York; Fargo, North Dakota; Portland, Oregon; Tyler, Texas; and Seattle, Washington. Disc jockeys featured include Dick Biondi, Tom and Raechel Donahue, Bob Eubanks, Flo & Eddie, Humble Harve, Casey Kasem, Art Laboe, Wink Martindale, Robert W. Morgan, Murray the K, Gary Owens, John Peel, Jimmy Rabbitt, B. Mitchell Reed, Dusty Rhodes, Brother John Rydgren, Lee Baby Simms, China Smith, Don Steele, Shadoe Stevens, Sly Stone, Charlie Tuna, and Wolfman Jack. Radio airchecks serve as audio snapshots, illustrating the evolution of a disc jockey or particular radio station over time. Additionally, airchecks can act as audio time capsules--reflecting the sounds and culture of specific time periods through the patter, newsbreaks, music, and commercials.
ARC-0432 William Scheele Photographs, 1973-1975, 2009, 2.68 l.f.
The William Scheele Photographs and Exhibition Poster collection contains 32 color and black-and-white photographs of or relating to The Band and Bob Dylan, and one exhibition poster. The photographs document the collaborative work of Dylan and The Band from 1973 to 1975. 1973 was an important year for both, as they left Woodstock and the management of Albert Grossman to start anew in Southern California. On July 28, 1973, The Band played the world's largest outdoor concert at the Watkins Glen Festival, along with the Allman Brothers and the Grateful Dead. This was followed by a concert on August 1, 1973, with the Grateful Dead, at Roosevelt Stadium in New Jersey. The 1974 tour of Dylan and The Band began in Chicago on January 3 and ended at the L.A. Forum on February 14. The tour was arranged with the assistance of Bill Graham Productions and David Geffen, at whose birthday party that year The Band and Dylan performed along with Cher. In March 1975, Dylan and The Band, as well as Neil Young, Tim Drummond, and Ben Keith performed at Bill Graham’s Students Need Athletics, Culture, And Kicks (SNACK) Benefit Concert, held at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco, California. The poster documents photographer William Scheele’s exhibition of these images, Look Out Cleveland: Bob Dylan and The Band, 1969-1976, Memorabilia and Photos, that was held at the Kokoon Arts Gallery, 78th Street Studios, in Cleveland, Ohio. The images are arranged in the numerical order provided by Scheele, except where the size of the image prohibited this. The dimensions given in the finding aid do not include the mounting board.
ARC-0443 Cheese Borger Collection, 1962-1997, undated, 1.55 l.f.
The Cheese Borger Collection contains promotional materials from 1968 to 1997 on various rock artists, including photographs, press kits, and biographical information. Also included in the collection are top hits charts and lists from the 1960s and 1970s from Cleveland area radio stations.
ARC-0444 Eva M. Jones Audiocassettes, 1966-1978, 0.41 l.f.
The Eva Jones Audiocassettes consist of five bootleg recordings of concerts that occurred from 1966 to 1978. Performers include Bob Dylan, the Band, Bruce Springsteen, and Stephen Stills with Neil Young. The collection is arranged alphabetically by artist.
ARC-0450 James Shive Photographs, 1970s-1980s, 547 items
The James Shive Photographs span the decades of the 1970s and 1980s and include 547 digital, live concert photographs of a number of national and international acts during the early years of their careers. Most of the photographs depict shows played in the New York and New Jersey areas, specifically at Madison Square Garden, the Bottom Line, and Asbury Park, among other venues. Artists featured include .38 Special, Bryan Adams, Asia, Jeff Beck, Blondie, Blue Angel, Bon Jovi, Boston, David Bowie, Jackson Browne, Eric Clapton, Elvis Costello, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Ronnie James Dio, Dire Straits, Bob Dylan, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Dan Fogelberg, Steve Forbert, Foreigner, Peter Frampton, Peter Gabriel, Genesis, Andrew Gold, Grateful Dead, Hall and Oates, Heart, Hot Tuna, Billy Idol, Jefferson Starship, Garland Jeffreys, Billy Joel, Elton John, Rickie Lee Jones, Journey, Judas Priest, Huey Lewis and the News, Meat Loaf, Joni Mitchell, Pretenders, REO Speedwagon, Bonnie Raitt, Ramones, Rolling Stones, Linda Ronstadt, Scorpions, Brian Setzer, Carly Simon, Patti Smith, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Talking Heads, James Taylor, George Thorogood, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Village People, Tom Waits, Who, Neil Young, and Warren Zevon. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are the most prominential featured artists in this collection.
Archival Collections, ARC-0451 through ARC-0500
ARC-0451 Flipside Collection, 1978, 2012, undated, 0.07 l.f
The Flip Side Collection consists of ephemera related to Los Angeles' Flip Side fanzine, including 20 stickers with seven different designs, business cards, a distribution letter and flyer, a Fanzine Nation letter, photocopy of an article by Jeff O'Neill in the Rio Hondo College publication El Paisano entitled "Punk Rock: The Sick Shall Inherit the Earth" from February 24, 1978, and the Summer 2012 issue (#45) of Colorado's Dagger fanzine that contains an interview with Flip Side staffers Patrick DiPuccio and Holly Hudson. Also included in the collection is a document created by donor DiPuccio describing the items in the collection at length. The Flip Side Collection provides a business context to the fanzine. Seen in a broader context, the collection highlights the do-it-yourself aesthetic of 1970s punk fanzines and illustrates their evolution into the new millenium.
ARC-0452 KQRS Collection, 1973-1976, 5.0 l.f.
The KQRS Collection contains audio reel-to-reel tapes of advertisements played on KQRS radio for upcoming concerts and album releases during disc jockey Shel Danielson's radio shows from 1973 to 1976; two CDs containing digital versions of the taped advertisements; and an early interview with Patti Smith, also on CD. Some of the advertisements have been produced twice for separate audiences: one audience being the more "mainstream" crowd; the second, the "alternative" crowd. The collection provides an example of targeted music marketing from the mid-1970s.
ARC-0453 Jay W. Ruby Rock 'n' Roll Conference Lecture, 1967, 0.07 l.f.
The Jay W. Ruby Rock 'n' Roll Conference Lecture comprises a single disc recording of "'You're Probably Wondering Why I'm Here': The Social Implications of Rock 'n' Roll," a lecture given at the Rock 'n' Roll Conference at Mills College in Oakland, California, on March 18, 1967. Ruby's lecture is introduced by Dick Baker. Topics of discussion include musical communities of the era, particularly the rock and roll community's fascination with hallucinogenic drugs and religion. Also briefly discussed is the marketing methods of popular radio stations of the time.
ARC-0456 Collection on the Kinks, 1970-1997, undated, 1.48 l.f.
The Collection on the Kinks consists of a scrapbook of newspaper clippings and promotional items related to the Kinks. The materials date from 1970 through 1997, with the bulk of the clippings dating from 1970 to 1981. The contents of the scrapbook were removed for preservation purposes, but the original order of the materials was maintained--the exception being oversized items, which are stored separately. There are two non-Kinks items in this collection, a poster of the Rolling Stones, and an album flat for the Anthology of British Rock.
ARC-0457 Helen Hersh Collection, 1965-1974, 3.01 l.f.
The Helen Hersh Collection spans the years 1965 to 1974 and consists of 92 items relating to the artist’s output. The collection includes ads, flyers, handbills, letterhead, original art, posters, and sheet music created and designed by Hersh, as well as some materials that illustrate her artistic process: photographs that served as inspiration and layout material for newspaper advertisements. The collection also contains two copies of Space News (Volume 1: Issue 2) and seven issues of Rock Magazine, A Music Review (September-November 1969), for which Hersh was the art director. Hersh's work helped to promote a number of New York City music venues, including the Fillmore East and Village Theatre, as well as several rock performers, including Aretha Franklin, John Mayall, Moby Grape, the Moody Blues, Mylon, Savoy Brown, the Soul Survivors, and Ten Years After.
ARC-0458 Roy Orbison Interview, 1988 December, 0.5 l.f.
The collection consists of one VHS video tape containing Roy Orbison's final interview, recorded at the Front Row Theater in Highland Heights, Ohio, after Orbison's show there on December 4, 1988 (two days before Orbison died). The interview is conducted by Tony Weber for use on a public access television show that he created, which aired from 1987-1988. This is the original VHS tape on which the interview was recorded. Pirated versions of the footage have appeared on You Tube. There are two additional interviews on the tape with Alexander O'Neal and Information Society.
ARC-0459 Collection on Peter Laughner, 1970, 1976, undated, 2.57 l.f.
The Collection on Peter Laughner documents the work of Cleveland musician Peter Laughner. It includes a poster for Laughner's first band, a white blues group named Mr. Charlie. The collection is arranged alphabetically.
ARC-0460 Fugazi Video Recording, July 31, 1998, 0.79 l.f.
The Fugazi Video Recording consists of two Digital-S (D9) videocassettes of a live performance by the band Fugazi on July 31, 1998 at Calvery-Casa del Pueblo United Methodist Church in Washington, DC. The concert was sponsored by the non-profit activist group Positive Force D.C.
ARC-0461 Bob Dylan Tour Itinerary, 1978 March-April, 0.14 l.f.
The Bob Dylan Tour Itinerary documents Dylan's tour of New Zealand and Australia in March and April of 1978. The itinerary is 53 pages, and includes names of the band and tour personnel, as well as information on hotels, venues, restaurants, and health clubs in each city on the tour.
ARC-0462 Wes Hopkins Photograph, circa 1959, 0.07 l.f.
The Wes Hopkins Photograph consists of a promotional image of Hopkins, autographed on the reverse. The photograph was obtained by the donor on October 6, 1959, in Canton, Ohio, at a performance of The Dick Clark Caravan of Stars. Also advertised were Paul Anka, Lloyd Price, Annette Funicello, Duane Eddy, Jimmy Clanton, LaVern Baker, the Coasters, Drifters, Skyliners, Bobby Rydell, the Jordan Brothers, Phil Phillips, and Arnold Dover.
ARC-0463 Humes High School Yearbook, 1953, 0.21 l.f.
The Humes High School Yearbook documents the senior class of 1953 at this Memphis, Tennessee, high school, of which Elvis Presley was a member. The yearbook belonged to Patricia Ann Johnson, and features a note from Elvis to the donor, next to his picture.
ARC-0464 Paul Ingles Public Radio Specials, undated, 0.07 l.f.
The Paul Ingles Public Radio Specials contain two programs created by Ingles: one on Bonnie Raitt; the other, the Rolling Stones. Both programs are two hours in length. The collection also includes a handbill for another series produced by Ingles called "Peace Talks Radio."
ARC-0465 Rudies Photograph, undated, 0.07 l.f.
This collection consists of one promotional photograph of the New York punk band the Rudies. Donated by Rudies' bass player and singer Mark Lamendola.
ARC-0466 Schaefer Music Festival Film, July 18, 1970, 0.6 l.f.
This reel of super 8mm film is of the Schaefer Music Festival in Central Park, New York. It includes performances by Little Richard and Wayne Cochran and the C.C. Riders, recorded on July 18, 1970. The film is silent and in color.
ARC-0467 Photographs of Jerry Lee Lewis, 2010 October
The Photographs of Jerry Lee Lewis consist of three black-and-white portraits of Lewis taken in October 2010. A fourth photograph is of a piano, presumably located in Lewis' home; and a fifth is a mock-up of the cover for the magazine Twisted South, with one of the portraits on the cover.
ARC-0471 Raquel Concepcion Collection, 1976-1981, undated, 0.42. l.f.
The Raquel Concepcion Collection spans the years 1976 to 1981 and includes some undated materials. The collection primarily consists of promotional materials related to Rundgren's career with the band Utopia, which in addition to Rundgren included Kasim Sultan, Roger Powell, and John Wilcox. Promotional materials include advertisements, press kits with biographies and photographs, and tour programs. The collection also includes clippings related to Utopia, a press kit for Rundgren's solo album Nearly Human, an LP record of an episode of Rock Around the World featuring Rundgren and Pablo Cruise from May 22-28, 1977, and two 1/4-inch reel-to-reel audiotape recordings of Rundgren and the band Renaissance on The King Biscuit Flower Hour from September 23, 1979. The recordings include Rundgren, the Todd Rundgren Band, Moogy Klingman, and the Hello People on "Real Man," "It Wouldn't Really Make Any Difference," "Love of the Common Man," "Can We Still Be Friends," "Love in Action," and "Hello It's Me;" as well as Renaissance (Annie Haslam, vocals; John Tout, keyboards; Terence Sullivan, drums/percussion; John Camp, bass; and Michael Dunbud, guitars) on "Can You Understand," "Vultures Fly High," "Jekyll and Hyde," "Flood at Lyons," and "Prologue." The collection will be of interest to those researching Rundgren, Pablo Cruise, or other members of Utopia, and those interested in live recordings of Rundgren and Renaissance.
ARC-0472 Wolfgang Posters, 1972, 1.35 l.f.
The Wolfgang Posters are from 1972 and include two posters: one promoting the band with Midnight Productions with photography by David Derus, and the other advertising a benefit concert for the Allen Theatre at 14th and Euclid in Cleveland, Ohio, which featured Wolfgang along with musical groups Damnation, Eli Radish, Dragonwych, Dave Bacha, Artmeus, and Sweetleaf, courtesy of the Cleveland Federation of Musicians. The Save the Allen benefit concert took place on Sunday, April 16, 1972 and, in addition to the bands, included a fashion show, hair trends, Chinese food, and art displays.
ARC-0473 Eddie Araya Hip-Hop Collection, 1995-2002, undated, 0.42 l.f.
The Eddie Araya Hip-Hop Collection spans the years 1995 to 2000 and includes some undated materials. The collection mostly consists of ephemera from the Washington, D.C. hip-hop scene, including zines, trading cards, stickers, publications, programs, posters, postcards, photographs, invitations/passes, handbills, flyers, clippings, CD inserts, and album flats. There are a few items documenting the Baltimore and College Park, Maryland scenes. All of the materials are promotional in nature. A few major hip-hop acts are featured in the materials: Afrika Bambaata, Busta Rhymes, De La Soul, Fugees, Ice T, KMD, Kut Master Kurt, Mos Def, Nas, Raekwon, the Roots, Rza, Tupac Shakur, and Tribe Called Quest. The collection specifically documents the D.C. hip-hop scene of the 1990s, but, viewed more broadly, also illustrates hip-hop culture of that time through the artwork and advertising techniques.
ARC-0474 Alison Munin Recordings of Elvis Costello, 1977-2003, undated, 6.0 l.f.
The Alison Munin Recordings of Elvis Costello span the years 1977 to 2003, with the bulk of the material dating between 1980 and 1998. The collection includes six linear feet of VHS and audiocassette materials related to Elvis Costello’s concert tours, television and radio interviews, live performances, and rehearsals. The collection contains performances of Elvis Costello with the Attractions, the Imposters, the Brodsky Quartet, Anne Sofie von Otter, and Burt Bacharach. Also included are interviews from well-known NPR and PBS programs such as Off the Record with Mary Turner. The collection will be valuable to researchers interested in performances by Costello that have not been commercially released, as well as interviews with Costello spanning more than 20 years of his career.
ARC-0475 Bill Lowery Music Publishing and Southern Tracks Records Collection, 1950-2013, undated, 6.21 l.f.
The Bill Lowery Music Publishing and Southern Tracks Records Collection spans the years 1950 to 2013 and contains artist files, song files, publications, and business records related to the publishing firm's early enterprises and affiliated artists, primarily from 1950 to 1994. The collection materials range from sheet music and court records to photographs, royalty statements, periodicals, and a Bill Lowery Tribute DVD. All are arranged alphabetically by file title. Also included are files regarding regional music events, focusing on the Atlanta, Georgia area where the publishing company was located.
ARC-0476 Eva Cassidy Live Recording, 1994, 2013, 0.07 l.f.
The Eva Cassidy Live Recording is a soundboard concert recording of Eva Cassidy at Fleetwood's, in Alexandria, Virginia, in 1994. The show features Mick Fleetwood, who owned the club, on drums. In addition to the recording, the file contains a track and credit listing, and short essay by the donor.
ARC-0478 Collection on Little Willie John, 1953 December, undated, 0.07 l.f.
The Collection on Little Willie John includes one 8" x 10" black-and-white photograph and three photocopies of photographs of Little Willie John. The photograph depicts John as he is departing by plane from Detroit to New York City in December 1953 to promote "Mommy, What Happened to Our Christmas Tree?" on the Prize label. John is accompanied by his manager Harry Balk and producer David Usher.
ARC-0480 Christian Ricci Collection, 1988-2009, undated, 4.07 l.f.
The Christian Ricci Collection spans the years 1988 to 2009. The majority of the collection consists of signed, limited edition concert posters for alternative rock bands, but there is also a promotional handbill, sticker, and two flyers. Musicians featured include 311, ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, Bauhaus, the Bravery, Death Cab for Cutie, Decemberists, Dinosaur Jr., DKT/MC5, Jesus Lizard, Korn, Low, Melvins, Modest Mouse, Mogwai, Mudhoney, No Doubt, Panic at the Disco, Pere Ubu, Pixies, Iggy Pop, Reverend Horton Heat, Sebadoh, Shins, Snow Patrol, Social Distortion, and many more. Poster artists whose work is featured are Guy Burwell, Tad Carpenter, El Jefe Design, Emek, Johann A. Gomez, Gordon and Shirtsleeve, Justin Hampton, Derek Hess, Nels Jacobson (Jagmo), Rob Jones, Jeff Kleinsmith, Frank Kozik, Lindsey Kuhn, Jesse LeDoux, Dan MacAdam, Tara McPherson, Michael Michael Motorcycle, Jermaine Rogers, Denny Schmickle, Silent Giants, Todd Slater, Chuck Sperry, Dan Stiles, Andrew Vastagh, and Bob X. Seen as a whole, the collection provides insight into promotional materials for alternative bands during the 1990s and 2000s, as well as poster art of the time.
ARC-0482 Bloodshot Records Collection, 2001-2013, undated, 7.42 l.f.
The Bloodshot Records Collection dates from 2001-2013, including some undated materials. The photographs cover the various artists featured on the independent record label, Bloodshot Records. The posters promote Bloodshot's artists, as well as Bloodshot Records itself, its events, albums, and concerts. The collection is arranged in alphabetical order by the featured artist(s) or subject. Seen in a broad context, the Bloodshot Records Collection provides insight into the advertising and marketing strategies of independent record labels in the 2000s.
ARC-0483 Sugar Blue Photographs, undated, 7 items
The Sugar Blue Photographs include seven digital images of Sugar Blue with John Lee Hooker, Memphis Slim, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Taj Mahal, B.B. King, Phil Collins, Mick Jagger, and Willie Dixon.
ARC-0484 Collection on Philip Lynott, 2005-2013, undated, 1.0 l.f.
The Collection on Philip Lynott documents efforts to preserve Lynott's memory after his death in 1986.
ARC-0487 Morris Levy Interviews, 1996-1997, 1.04 l.f.
The Morris Levy Interviews include 15 audiocassette recordings from 1996 and 1997 of conversations between Levy and Nashville session musicians Joe Babcock (background vocals), Harold Bradley (electric guitar), Jerry Carrigan (drums), Ray Edenton (rhythm guitar), Buddy Harman (drums), Jerry Kennedy (electric guitar), Charlie McCoy (harmonica, bass), Weldon Myrick (steel guitar), Gordon Stoker (background vocals), Bobby Wood (piano), and Chip Young (rhythm guitar). Each recording comes with a summary of the contents with timecodes. Although session musicians rarely achieve popular celebrity outside of the music industry, notable exceptions include several of the individuals featured here. Bradley, Edenton, Harman, and McCoy were part of the original Nashville A-Team, a group of A-list session musicians from the Nashville Sound era, whose contributions began in the 1950s with artists like Elvis Presley. Carrigan was part of the first wave of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section before moving to Nashville and performing as a session musician for over three decades. Jerry Kennedy was a producer, songwriter, session guitarist, talent scout, and record executive for Smash Records, a subsidiary of Mercury, during the country music boom of the 1960s in Nashville. Stoker was the leader of the Jordanaires. Over the years, this storied collection of musicians has performed with numerous Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, including Solomon Burke, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Elvis Costello, Bobby Darrin, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Duane Eddy, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Brenda Lee, Jerry Lee Lewis, Clyde McPhatter, Rick Nelson, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Wilson Pickett, Del Shannon, Paul Simon, Dusty Springfield, and Bobby Womack.
ARC-0493 Ken Regan Photographs, 1960-2002, undated, 1.04 l.f.
The Ken Regan Photographs consist of 375 black-and-white images of a variety of musical performers and events from 1960 to 2002, with the bulk of the photographs dating from 1968 to 1986; including some undated material. The collection documents important music festivals: Woodstock, Amnesty International, Farm Aid, and Live Aid, as well as a number of artists from various musical genres. Regan not only captured these individuals performing but also with their family and friends in more informal settings. The collection offers insight into Regan's decades-long career and his relationships with his subjects. Seen in a broader context, the collection provides documentation of a number of rock and pop musicians who became popular during the late 1970s and into the 1980s.
ARC-0496 Lynn Goldsmith Photographs, 1988, 5 l.f.
The Lynn Goldsmith Photographs consist of two gallery-sized prints of an image entitled, "Keith Richards Guitar Hero," and another of Frank Zappa and his family. Both images are from 1988.
Archival Collections, ARC-501 through ARC-550
ARC-0501 Douglas Boarman Collection, 1980, 0.07 l.f.
The Douglas Boarman Collection contains two items from 1980. The first is a teletype Associated Press bulletin from the night that John Lennon was murdered. The second item is an autographed tour program for the Pretenders.
ARC-0505 Flemming Rasmussen Collection, 1988, undated, 0.14 l.f.
The Flemming Rasmussen Collection documents Rasmussen's work as a producer and engineer for bands such as Metallica, Morbid Angel, and Rainbow. The collection contains 34 photographs of Rasmussen and various artists in the recording studio during the 1980s and 1990s.
ARC-0511 Harmonyville Music Festival Poster, 1970 August, 4.0 l.f.
The Harmonyville Music Festival Poster documents a music festival that never occurred. Scheduled to take place August 4-9, 1970 in Walpack, New Jersey, Harmonyville was cancelled two weeks prior due to a court injunction brought by the state, based on the community's fears regarding the events that unfolded at Woodstock the previous summer.
ARC-0512 Boston Punk Collection, 1961-1982, undated, 0.42 l.f.
The Boston Punk Collection consists of clippings, correspondence, flyers, press kits, and zines documenting the Boston punk scene in the latter half of the 1970s. Portions of the collection appear to have formerly belonged to Liz Ireland, a local music critic.
RG-0001 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Records--Exhibitions and Curatorial Division, 1971-2010, undated, 40.33 l.f.
The Exhibitions and Curatorial Division Records of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum are divided into five subgroups, three of which represent the departments within the division: Collections Management, Curatorial, and Exhibitions. A fourth subgroup contains the records of the division Vice President; and, the fifth subgroup, the Division's audiovisual materials. The record group currently contains materials spanning the years 1971 to 2010 and includes some undated material; the bulk of the records falls between the years 1994 and 2008. The record group documents the varied activities of the Division, including the acquisition of materials for the Museum's permanent collection; accessioning, cataloging, and processing of donated and loaned materials; ensuring proper storage and exhibition conditions for the materials; curation and installation of exhibits; and artist relations. Due to the Division's close involvement in the grand opening of the Museum, the record group also contains materials related to the planning for many of the events and activities that took place at that time.
RG-0008 Photograph Files (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Records--Curatorial Division), 1923-2006, undated, 20.0 l.f.
The Photograph File for the Curatorial Division of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum consists of approximately 1,500 artist files, as well as files dedicated to specific locations, photographers, subjects, and exhibits. The bulk of the artist files consists of photocopies of images from Corbis, Getty, and the Michael Ochs Archives that include information on obtaining permission for the use of those images. Some of the artist files also contain original publicity stills, performance shots, negatives, and slides. These files were originally compiled by the Curatorial Department for reference in curating exhibits, but have also been used across the institution for development, marketing, publications, research, and other purposes as copyright allows. Also included in the collection are files of images with unidentified people and places, and subject-based folders containing images relevant to the work of the Curatorial Division (i.e., Artists and motorcycles). Researchers may want to view these files if a desired artist’s name is not found to be listed individually. There are also files containing the work of individual photographers; this material was originally filed at the end of the collection but is now filed alphabetically with the rest of the collection materials.
RG-0009 Library and Archives Subject Files (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Records--Curatorial Division--Library and Archives Department), 1926-2011, undated, 1.0 l.f.
The Library and Archives Subject Files are an artificial collection, created by the Library and Archives of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Materials span the years of 1926 to 2011, consisting mainly of original and photocopied newspaper and magazine clippings. Items such as concert programs, promotional brochures, and artist biographies are also included. These files were compiled by the Library and Archives for reference but are also used across the institution for curating exhibits, development, marketing, publications, research, and other purposes as copyright allows.