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New Digs: A Rock and Roll Library and Archives

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's new Library and Archives is the world's most comprehensive repository of written and audiovisual materials relating to the history of rock and roll. Find out what it means to have a research center amassing such a substantial collection of rock resources in one place, and why it is important to preserve these materials for future generations.


MODERATOR Jim Henke VP of Exhibitions Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum

JIM HENKE is the vice president of exhibitions and curatorial affairs at the Rock Hall and has been an essential component in the success of the Museum since its conception. Prior to coming to the Museum, Henke was a writer and editor for Rolling Stone magazine for fifteen years, and he was the VP of product development at Elektra Records. Henke has also published biographies on John Lennon, Bob Marley and Jim Morrison.

Lenny Kaye Patti Smith Group

Lenny Kaye is a musician, writer, and record producer. He has been a guitarist and longtime collaborator of poet-rocker Patti Smith since her band's inception nearly forty years ago, and has worked in the studio with such artists as Suzanne Vega, Jim Carroll, Soul Asylum, Kristen Hersh, and Allen Ginsberg, as well as his own solo muse. His seminal anthology of garage rock, Nuggets, has long been regarded as defining a genre. You Call It Madness: The Sensuous Song of the Croon, an impressionistic study of the romantic singers of the 1930s, is published by Villard/Random House; and he is the co-author of Waylon Jennings' life story, Waylon. He currently appears monthly on eMusic. com writing about rock/pop; and is awaiting the spring 2012 release of the latest album by Patti Smith and Her Band.

Holly George-Warren Writer Jackalope Press

Holly George-Warren is an award-winning writer, editor, producer, and music consultant. She is the author of more than a dozen books, ranging from a biography of singing cowboy Gene Autry to a photographic history of punk. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, the VIllage Voice, and many other publications. As editorial director of Rolling Stone Press from 1993 to 2001, she oversaw the creation of 40 books on popular music, including The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll. She teaches at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music and at the State University of New York in New Paltz. She serves as Codirector of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives Oral History program. She is currently writing a biography of Alex Chilton to be published by Viking in 2013.


Seymour Stein Sire Records

In music business legend SEYMOUR STEIN's lifelong adventure with rock & roll, he has been prominently engaged in wave after wave of popular music's successive cycles of taste, from the Brill Building sound of the 1960s through to his wholesale signing of New York punk luminaries like the Ramones and the Talking Heads in the 1970s, and a little later, Madonna and the Pretenders, right up until today with bands like the Von Bondies. His ability to divine what's great in each new generation of music has made Stein one of the rare record company men whose appreciation and approbation is sought not only as a means to a career and money, but also as an artistic accolade. His label, Sire, is a crucial example of the evolution of an American indie.

Andy Leach Dir of Library & Archives Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum

ANDY LEACH is Director of Library and Archives of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Andy has overseen the establishment of the new Library and Archives, the hiring of its staff, and the development of its policies and procedures. He manages general operations, develops library collections, works with donors to facilitate donations of archival materials, and provides research assistance to visitors. Andy holds degrees in music history and library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and has worked in music libraries and archives since 1993. He previously did library and archival work at the Center for Black Music Research, the UIUC Music and Performing Arts Library, and the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music. He has presented papers at academic and library conferences, and he has contributed articles and reviews to several publications. Andy is also an active performing and recording musician.

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