Who classes/special appearances at Cleveland Rock 'n' Roll Hall

Brian Cady brianinatlanta2001 at yahoo.com
Thu Mar 17 06:23:03 CST 2005

Why they didn't ask me to teach one of those Who
history classes, I have no idea...
Matt's posted this at Pete's site:

Exhibit opening party details: There will be a special
member’s night on April 7 to mark the opening of the
exhibit. Doors for the event will open at 6:30pm and
at 7:00pm there will be a Curator panel discussion in
the Fourth Floor Theater. Members and guests will then
be able to tour the new exhibit. All exhibits will be
open and there will be a cash bar and light hors
d'oeuvres. To make a reservation, please call

Related Programs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and
Museum: In addition, the Museum’s has planned
education programs in conjunction with the exhibit.
All programs will take place in the Museum’s Fourth
Floor Theater.

• April 13, 7:00 p.m.: An Evening with Des McAnuff
Tickets are $5 and go on sale Monday, March 21
Director and co-writer of the Broadway version of
Tommy comes to the Museum to discuss the staging of
the legendary rock opera. (more bio to come)

• April 27, 7:00 p.m.: Rock and Roll Night School with
general Who content This event is FREE and open to the
public The Edge of the Invasion: The Who Blow Things
Up – The Rock and Roll Night School returns to the
Rock Hall in style with a class looking at the life
and music of one of the greatest rock and roll bands
of all time, The Who. This Class will explore The
Who’s early singles career until 1969 (when they
released the Rock Opera Tommy) and their role in the
British invasion. Rising out of the British “Mod”
culture in 1965 their early “maximum R&B” sound
yielded such hit singles as “My Generation” and “Can’t
Explain.” In 1967 they turned their attention to a
more psychedelic sound in the hit “I Can See for
Miles.” Jason Hanley, musicologist and Education
Programs Manager at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and
Museum, leads the classes, which are geared towards
adults interested in gaining more knowledge about rock
and roll history. 

• May 4, 7:00 p.m.: Director Murray Lerner Tickets are
$5 and go on sale Monday, March 21 Murray Lerner is
perhaps best known as a multi-faceted filmmaker,
having won an Oscar for his feature length
documentary, “From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in
China” and created a fundamental breakthrough in the
creative use of 3-D with “Magic Journeys” for the
Kodak Pavilion at EPCOT, still considered the best 3-D
film ever made. He trained himself to become
proficient in all aspects of filmmaking, believing
that it should be a unified art. Thus, he has written,
directed and photographed, as well as edited, many of
his films. He is a Class “A” Director of Photography
and a member of both the Directors and Writers Guild
of America.

• May 11, 7:00 p.m.: Rock journalist and author Dave
Marsh Tickets are $5 and go on sale Monday, March 21
Dave Marsh, rock critic, historian, anticensorship
activist, talk show host, and “Louie Louie” expert,
has written more than 20 books about rock and popular
music, as well as editing that many more. He
co-founded Creem, the legendary Motor City rock and
roll magazine that helped launch heavy metal, glam and
punk, among other styles, and spent five years as an
associate and contributing editor of Rolling Stone,
where he was chief music critic, columnist and feature
writer. From 1985-2002, he served as monthly music
critic for Playboy. He has lectured widely on music,
politics, and censorship. In 1983 Marsh published
Before I Get Old: The Story of the Who. Written at the
request of Pete Townshend and endorsed by the rest of
the band, this in-depth history of the Who took author
Dave Marsh three years to research and write. Complete
with photographs, it covers the group’s origins and
meteoric rise to fame, reveals inside information on
the personalities and lives of the band members, and
documents the relationships, drugs, destruction,
money, and mayhem behind the music of this legendary
rock band. 

• May 18, 7:00 p.m.: An Evening with Chris Stamp
Tickets are $5 and go on sale Monday, March 21 In the
early 1960s, Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert, his future
business partner, developed the concept of finding a
rock group, becoming their managers, record their
music, guide their songwriting and turn them into a
success while filming the entire process. The team
eventually found a group called the High Numbers who
soon became the Who. Stamp created “Track Records” for
the Who to record on (as well as Jimi Hendrix, Arthur
Brown, Speedy Keane, Marc Bolan and others) and has
continued to work on Who-related projects, including
executive producing Ken Russell’s film version of
“Tommy.” After going through rehab in 1987, Stamp
decided he wanted to help others so he became a
psychodrama and experiential therapist. He is a CASAC
(Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse
Counselor), a Certified Experimental Therapist and an
Auricular Acupuncture Detox Specialist. He is a
consultant in Manhattan and is in private practice in
East Hampton, NY. He is currently working on the
documentary film “The Stamp & Lambert Story.”

• May 25, 7:00 p.m.: special Tommy Rock and Roll Night
School This event is FREE and open to the public Tommy
and Rock Opera: A Genre Emerges – Rock and Roll Night
School continues its exploration of The Who by looking
at their pop music innovation, the Rock Opera. With
the release of Tommy in 1969, and Quadrophenia in
1973, The Who developed the idea of a concept album
into a full stage show in which each song played an
integral part. This class will examine the genre of
the Rock Opera by focusing on Tommy and looking at the
new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame exhibit The Who’s
Tommy: The Amazing Journey. Jason Hanley, musicologist
and Education Programs Manager at the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame and Museum, leads the classes, which are
geared towards adults interested in gaining more
knowledge about rock and roll history. 

• June 1, 7:00 p.m.: An Evening with Jeff Stein
Tickets are $5 and go on sale Monday, March 21 At
fifteen, New Yorker Jeff Stein hit the road with the
legendary British rock group the Who. He toured the
United States and Europe witnessing the band's unique
blend of musical mayhem, riotous stage performances
with frenzied finales of explosions, smashed guitars,
toppled amplifier cabinets and splintered drum kits.
He survived the trashing of hotel rooms and the
death-defying pranks of notorious drummer, Keith Moon,
sometimes fleeing one step ahead of local law
enforcement from Malibu to Germany. Before he was out
of his teens, Stein was turning this baptism of fire
into the cult classic, “The Kids Are Alright,” a
tragic-comic chronicle of the Who's odyssey of rock
and roll death and glory. Stein turned his two
obsessions, rock and roll and film-making, into a
pioneering career in music videos. His first video was
Billy Idol's “Rebel Yell.” His second, the Cars “You
Might Think” won MTV's first Video of the Year Award,
as well as dozens of other honors worldwide. The clip
had the distinction of being added to the Permanent
Collection of the Museum of Modern Art. The following
year, his video for Tom Petty's “Don’t Come ‘Round
Here No More,” featuring a controversial version of
the Mad Hatter's Tea Party, won MTV's Special EFX
Award, as well as Best Video at the International
Video Awards in London. Stein has continued to
conceptualize and direct music videos, television
specials and commercials, documenting musical
luminaries from Little Richard to Bruce Springsteen. A
25th Anniversary Edition of “The Kids Are Alright” was
released in the fall of 2003. The first week of
release, it debuted at No. 1 on the music DVD charts
in England and ranked number 2 in U.S. music DVD
sales. The film was honored that October with three
special sold-out screenings of the rejuvenated 5.1
version at the New York Film Festival in Lincoln
Center. In August of 2004, “The Kids Are Alright” won
Best Music DVD at the 7TH ANNUAL DVD AWARDS sponsored
by IRMA and the CMP. In November of 2004, Stein teamed
up with video visionary, Anne-Marie Mackay, to form
the Lab, where they continue to create music-driven
entertainment for the brightest lights of the New

-Brian in Atlanta
The Who This Month!

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