Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to Open World’s First Museum Exhibit Women Who Rock
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will open a ground-breaking and provocative new exhibit that will illustrate the important roles women have played in rock and roll, from its inception through today. Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power will highlight the flashpoints, the firsts, the best, the celebrated and sometimes lesser-known women who moved rock and roll music and American culture forward.The exhibit is sponsored by PNC and Time Warner Cable. Women Who Rock will open to the public on Friday, May 13, 2011. To kick off the exhibit’s opening weekend on Saturday, May 14, the Museum’s annual It’s Only Rock and Roll Spring Benefit Concert will feature an all-star lineup including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Wanda Jackson and Cyndi Lauper, both featured in the Women Who Rock exhibit. Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks. The exhibition will spotlight more than 60 artists and fill two entire floors of the museum. The exhibit will feature artifacts, video and listening stations, as well as a recording booth where visitors can film a short story or moment of inspiration related to women in rock. “This exhibit is going to illustrate the vital role women played in shaping the evolution of rock and roll,” said Jim Henke, vice president of exhibitions and curatorial affairs for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Women Who Rock will highlight the female spirit as the engine of creation and change in the music. Women Who Rock exhibit eras include: Suffragettes to Juke-Joint Mamas, Will You Love Me Tomorrow: The Early 1960s / Girl Groups, I Will Survive: The 1970s – Rockers to Disco Divas and Causing a Commotion: Madonna and the Pop Explosion. Highlighted artists will include Bikini Kill, Meg White, Taylor Swift, Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys and Lady Gaga. “As a leading provider of entertainment, Time Warner Cable is proud to lend its name to this ground-breaking exhibit,” said Liz Watson, Senior Director of Marketing, Time Warner Cable Northeast Ohio/Western Pennsylvania. “I grew up with the music of Ann and Nancy Wilson and Stevie Nicks and their influence led me to explore the history of women in rock. This exhibition will showcase an important contribution to our culture.” Exhibit runs through May 1, 2011. Visit rockhall.com for more information.