Collecting the Counterculture: Julio Mario Santo Domingo, Jr.
In the Special Exhibits portion of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum (located in the lower level of the Museum) there is a small round room tucked in one of the far corners. It houses an extraordinary collection of memorabilia collected by Julio Mario Santo Domingo, Jr. (a Columbian Businessman) prior to his death in 2009 at the age of fifty one.
The collection is titled, “Collecting the Counterculture: Julio Mario Santo Domingo, Jr.” and is an eclectic mix of items that will fascinate you. It consists of rare and weird items owned or used by rock and roll stars around the world. The exhibit officially opens on Wednesday, October 2, 2013. It needs to be noted that in addition to the new exhibit, a number of items from the Santo Domingo collection are ensconced in the “Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction” located in the upper part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
Columbian businessman, Santo Domingo (1958-2009) devoted his live to collecting and amassing one the world’s largest private collections that explored man’s interaction with sex, drugs, the occult, social taboos, pop culture and rock and roll. The collection was housed in an ordinary warehouse in Geneva, Switzerland hand consiste4d of nearly 100,000 books and like number of items such as posters, paintings, medicine bottles and pinball machines.
Collecting the Counterculture: Julio Mario Santo Domingo, Jr. exhibit highlights include:
• Bicycle owned by Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd, c. 2000
• Lead Belly Essay written by Woody Guthrie, c. 1947
• John Lennon’s Japanese Cabinet, c. 1900
• A diary belonging to Keith Moon of the Who, 1978
Collecting the Counterculture closes on January 5, 2014.
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