Rock and Roll History Comes to New York City
In the fall of 2008 New York City became home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Manhattan Annex; the first physical expansion of the 25 year old, internationally known Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. Located at 6 Mercer Street in SoHo, the Rock and Roll Annex was publicly announced by musician Billy Joel, record producer Clive Davis, Hall of Fame Executive Director Terry Steward and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in August 2008.
According to a August 13, 2008 press release written by Damian Ghigliotty, “The 25,000-square-foot space will house Bruce Springsteen’s 1957 Chevy, John Lennon’s Record Plant Piano, and exhibits such as a rock and roll theater, a rotating gallery and an interactive map titled “New York Rocks”, featuring historical music sites throughout the city. “The Annex provides the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with an established space for traveling exhibits and helps reach new audiences.”
City officials have welcomed the opening of the Manhattan Annex. In an August 2008 statement Mayor Bloomberg was quoted as saying, New York City is well known as a vibrant place for aspiring artists and musicians, and some of the most internationally-celebrated musical performers of this century have had their start right here on our streets. In celebration of American Music History, a percentage of the proceeds generated at the Annex supports the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s educational programs, as well as the Library and Archives, which are scheduled to open in the next 18 to 24 months.
What to Expect on a Student Trip to the New York City Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Manhattan Annex
A Unique Music History Experience for Youth and Adults
Individual, group and student Rock and Roll History tours start in the Hall of Fame Gallery. Here each artist inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame over the last 25 years is honored with a wall plaque highlighting personal signatures and greatest hits. Next visitors enjoy the unforgettable experience of an immersive theater featuring never-before-seen footage of some of Rock’s most memorable performances, such as the Beatles in Shea Stadium or Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock. Once ready to explore, a set of Sennheiser wireless, stereo headphones are provided so visitors can comfortably hear audio content while touring the other galleries: Roots and Influences, Moments and Movements and New York Rocks. All galleries are created to teach students, and other visitors, about an important part of music history in America.
Discover Rock and Roll’s Past and Present in the Roots and Influences Gallery
The Roots and Influences Gallery uses technology to help student tour groups understand the connection between music legends and the chart toppers of today. High definition screens and a special soundtrack allow students to map out the musical inspirations of some of music’s most popular modern performers.
A History of Change: The Evolution of Rock and Roll
In the Moments To Movements gallery the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex curators acknowledge and celebrate 5 noteworthy turning points in Rock and Roll history. From these periods, music industry revolutions were born that allowed artists like Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson and Madonna to not only achieve momentary success, but also evolve continuously, along with their audiences and an ever-changing music industry. Personal items from a variety of artists are displayed in the gallery.
Take a Student Trip That Celebrates New York City’s Role in Rock History
New York City has and continues to play a huge role in the history of Rock and Roll and of music in general. Historically, New York City has been home to some of Rock and Roll??s most beloved personalities. It has been home to some of Rock and Roll’s greatest triumphs and tragedies. The New York Rocks Gallery is centered around an interactive map that highlights and celebrates significant Rock and Roll sites around the city including the Chelsea Hotel and now closed CBGB Club. Items from the personal collections of famous Rock artists like Billy Joel and John Lennon are also featured in this gallery.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex in SoHo is a must see when planning a student trip to New York City. Students will do more than listen to Rock and Roll the will learn Rock and Roll’s place in music and American history. Follow this with a dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe for a fun day of excursions in New York City.