So we’ve done stuff like that, and the first major big exhibit we did was called “I Want to Take You Higher” and it was about kind of the psychedelic era. So we do those, and then we do smaller special exhibits too. Like actually one opened today that you’ll be able to see; it’s called “Elvis 1956”. It’s basically this photographer Alfred Wertheimer, RCA Records (after Elvis signed with them) hired him to do a photo shoot, and this is before Elvis was as famous as he got to be. So basically unprecedented access, he ended up hanging out with Elvis for a few weeks. So there’s pictures of him on stage, and there’s also pictures of him with girlfriends; there’s one where he’s tongue kissing a girl [chuckles].
Give me a little walk-through of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, through your eyes.
Basically there’s the main exhibit hall, and that’s on the lowest level. That starts the movie called Mystery Train and that’s about the roots of rock and roll up to Elvis. And then there’s’ the Elvis exhibit, [the regular Elvis artifacts] and then sort of next to that there is the gallery where the Elvis photo exhibit is. Then there’s a corridor you go down and one side of it is the roots of rock and roll stuff, and then the other side of it is different cities. It starts with Memphis in the ‘50s and Detroit during the Motown period, and then it goes up to Seattle for grunge.
Then we also on that level have a Beatles exhibit, a Rolling Stone exhibit, a Jimi Hendrix exhibit, Jim Morrison exhibit… Morrison’s stuff is cool because his parents basically kept everything related to him, so it goes to the hospital bill when his mother gave birth to him, and all of his school report cards. Notes he wrote his parents when he was a little kid, and actually in a Rolling Stone interview he had, they asked him, what was the first poem he ever wrote, and it was called “The Pony Express”; and they actually have the manuscript of that. So we actually have all this very early Jim Morrison stuff that’s excellent. Then there is a central section out there where we focus on different bands; U2’s out there, and David Bowie, and The Allman Brothers, Parliament Funkadelic, Zz Top.