The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame includes displays and exhibits featuring…
Carole King with Gerry Goffin (inducted in 1990): This March, an educational outreach program will highlight Carole King and other women songwriters during Women’s History Month. (Scroll down to the bottom for the listing.)
Joni Mitchell (inducted in 1997): Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock” is used as part of an educational program about Youth Culture and the Rock Festival. Her “Big Yellow Taxi” is used for a class about The Changing American Landscape. Joni Mitchell will also be highlighted in this March’s Women and the Art of Songwriting class.
James Taylor (inducted in 2000): On display in the Museum is James Taylor’s first guitar, his second grade report card, a picture of him with the Easter Bunny (?), early self-portraits and song lyrics, lent to the Museum by James Taylor’s mother Trudy. Also, James Taylor’s “Gaia” from Hourglass is used in an educational outreach class on saxophones.
There’s also an exhibit focused on the Los Angeles singer-songwriter era of 1965-1979, which spotlights Jackson Browne and Joni Mitchell, as part of the Rockin’ the World exhibit.
(Criminally Carly Simon and Cat Steven have yet to be inducted, despite letter writing campaigns held by fans every year. Although, Cat Stevens’ “Peace Train” is used for a class on Empathy and the Vietnam War.)
While you’re there (assuming you win; or even if you don’t win, but decide to go to the Hall of Fame yourself), Cleveland is also home to a lot of music stores (not giant chain bookstores with a music section), to find those rare singles and out-of-print albums you’ve been hunting for years to complete your collection.