U.S.A. – Did you know that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has a double-story
escalator? It also has the ashes of Alan Freed, a famous radio disc jockey, in
an urn shaped like a tombstone. There’s a giant hot dog sculpture in the lobby,
hanging from the ceiling, too.
Besides the massive
hot dog, one of the most interesting things there is a special temporary exhibit
on Bruce Springsteen.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio
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Born September 23rd,
1949, Springsteen has been playing rock and roll professionally for over 45
years. The exhibit includes many of his personal items, like a round wooden
table that he wrote songs on.
The museum also had
the original copies of some of his song lyrics, including “Pink Cadillac,”
written in 1984. The exhibit featured eight of Springsteen’s guitars.
One of the guitars,
used in his “Devils and Dust” tour, was painted with a woman praying and many
pendants, crosses and medallions glued on it. Another from the same tour had an
Indian and a house painted on it, with a prayer written in Spanish. Both were
acoustics, distressed when they were made so they looked old.
But by far the best
and most prominent guitar was his prized Fender electric, the one he’s holding
on the cover of his Born to Run album.
“It is an extension
of my body,” Springsteen said, according to the exhibit.
It is his favorite
Springsteen exhibit was the best of the Hall of Fame, but we also saw many other
rock and roll wonders, such as John Lennon’s piano, and many of Michael
Jackson’s tour clothes, including his glove that he wore on his Dangerous tour.
We saw a small
exhibit on Jim Morrison that had one of his sixth grade report cards, a Cub
Scout shirt, a swim team roster, Christmas and Easter cards he made for his
mother, his high school diploma, some drawings he did when he was young, and his
His baby book had
his handprints and footprints, as well as his height and weight as a newborn.
These mementos of Morrison’s childhood made the idolized lead singer of The
Doors more of a real person, especially for those of us who’ve never heard his