Places to Visit and Learn about
Rock & Roll

There are many places that people can visit to get a true experience of early rock 'n' roll. The number one place that any rock 'n' roll fan should go to is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, the museum is a great place to learn about artists and their contribution to rock 'n' roll culture. The museum considers itself the preeminent home for the celebration and study of rock 'n' roll.

Rock Hall

Janice Jackson, 33, said she loves working for the museum and said it has a lot to offer. Jackson, who considers herself a rock 'n' roll expert, as do all the museum staff, said in a phone interview that any true artist should visit the museum because she considers rock 'n' roll the Latin of modern day music.
"It is really discreditable to any artist or entertainer who doesn't listen or appreciate rock 'n' roll," said Jackson, director of exibit promotions . "Although rock 'n' roll has many different genres there is at least one thing that can interest anyone in the wide world of rock 'n' roll."

Motown Jackson said fans and aspiring artists should visit other historical sites of rock 'n' roll like Graceland, Elvis Presley's estate in Tennessee, New Orleans, La., and Bethel, N.Y., the site of Woodstock 1969. Jackson explained that there are other museums dedicated to educating people about rock 'n' roll. She said the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts was a great place to visit for any fan interested in Woodstock and the artists that performed at the original concert. Jackson said that her favorite museum besides the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum , is the Motown Historical Museum in Detroit, Mich. She said she sees Motown as a true pioneer in crossover music in rock 'n' roll and rhythm and blues.

"Motown was truly ahead of its time," Jackson said. "Berry Gordy has an ability to connect to all types of audiences with mainly black artists. I don't think he only signed black artists because he didn't like white artists, but he understood that black artists had less of a chance to be mainstreamed like so many of their white counterparts."

Jackson explained that rock 'n' roll single handedly became the sound of the civil rights movement and protest of the Vietnam War. She said areas like New Orleans, despite the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina, still has a lot of its recording studios that artists like Little Richard and Fats Domino recorded in. She said the same goes for Nashville, Tenn. Jackson said the best way to travel the U.S. is to visit the different historic sites and museums of rock 'n' roll.