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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s to host Greil Marcus for Author Series Interview

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“The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Ten Songs” author Greil Marcus will be featured at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Library and Archives Author Series on September 23, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre of the Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), adjacent to the Library and Archives.

As part of the lecture, the Library and Archives themselves will be open to the public just prior to the start of the event. Dr. Lauren Onkey, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s vice president of education and public programs will be the moderator for the event, after which Marcus will take questions from the audience.

This event is FREE with a ticket reservation online at or in-person at the Rock Hall Box Office.

The goal of the Rock Hall Author’s Series is to bring journalists, critics and scholars to the attention of the general public with free readings and discussion sessions with authors of new books as well as classics being invited regularly.

While most authors telling the history of rock and roll tend to emphasize the colossus achievements and songs, Greil selects ten songs that hit between 1956 and 2008 and proceeds to tell how these “lesser knowns” none the less dramatized and influenced rock and roll making it a new language for the youth.

Such hits as “Transmission” by Joy Division, “All I Could Do Was Cry” by Etta James and then Beyoncé, “To Know Him Is to Love Him,” first by the Teddy Bears and almost half a century later by Amy Winehouse are used to illustrate his point of how rock and roll sought for freedom.

About Greil Marcus

Greil Marcus is the author of numerous books, including Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock ’n’ Roll Music (1975), Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century (1989), and, most recently, The Doors: A Lifetime of Listening to Five Mean Years (2011). The first reviews editor at Rolling Stone magazine, Marcus has also written for Artforum, the New York Times, Salon, and many other publications. He has taught at Princeton, Minnesota, and NYU, and currently teaches at Berkeley and the New School in New York City. His column “Real Life Rock Top 10” appears regularly in The Believer. He divides his time between Oakland, CA and New York City.

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives

The Library and Archives is at 2809 Woodland Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio. The facility is at the corner of Woodland Avenue and East 30th Street, in a shared building with the Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C). This is approximately two miles southeast of the Museum. Free parking will be available in Lots 5 and 6 of the parking garage. Metered parking spaces are available on the street in front of the building or around the block. For a map of the Tri-C Metro Campus, visit

The Rock Hall’s Library and Archives is the most comprehensive repository of materials relating to the history of rock and roll. Its mission is to collect, preserve, and provide access to these resources for scholars, educators, students, journalists, and the general public in order to broaden awareness and understanding of rock and roll, its roots, and its impact on society.

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational activities.

The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays (and Saturdays through Labor Day), the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), children under 8 and Museum Members are always free, for information or to join the membership program call 216.515.8425. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK (7625) or visit The Museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

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