Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opens library this week

POSTED: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 3:30pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 3:34pm

It's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Week and the excitement is building. A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame library opened its doors this week.

Rock and roll is so much more than music. It's books, magazines, videos, pictures and of course audio files, and you can find all of it at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's new library and archive.

"It's a great place to learn about music it's a great place to immerse yourself in the world of music," said musician Lenny Lane.

A.J. Carillo is studying recording arts and technology at CCC. For him the library is a treasure trove of information he'd rarely have access to elsewhere.

"Whenever you feel that you need to learn something more about an artist, nothing’s better than this place,” stated Carillo. “All of this knowledge helps you experience a piece of art in the most important way."

There are two archive rooms that are temperature controlled and filled with thousands of documents and pictures of the history of rock and roll. You can't come in here to see it, but you can see what's in these boxes with a library card.

Make an appointment and an archivist will find the material for you and give you private access or just come in and browse the books or the computer library for whatever you're looking for.

You can look at a lyric sheet and see the crossings out and how someone invented a song.

It's a collection not only unique to Cleveland - there's no other place like it in the world.

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