I was recently on vacation in Ohio and visited the RRHF for the second time. I was thrilled this time around because you can take pictures now. The RRHF changed its photography policy since my first visit thanks to social media.
Everything in the museum is amazing. The Doors are one of my favorite bands so I lingered at the Doors display to check out every artifact and take notes.
The RRHF induction process
Artists are eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record. To date 749 people and 113 groups have been inducted.
The Foundation’s nominating committee, composed of rock and roll historians, selects nominees each year in the Performer category. Ballots are then sent to an international voting body of about 1,000 rock experts. Those performers who receive the highest number of votes, and more than 50 percent of the vote, are inducted. The Foundation generally inducts five to seven performers each year.— RRHF/Faq
There are four categories of inductees: Performers, the Ahmet Ertegun Award, Early Influences and the Award for Recording Excellence.
The Doors induction ceremony
The Doors were inducted in 1993 in the Performer category. Eddie Vedder inducted the group and also stood in for Jim Morrison on vocals for “Break on Through”, “Light My Fire” and “Roadhouse Blues” along with the other members of the band: Ray Manzarek, John Densmore and Robby Krieger. (Inductions began in 1986 before the museum opened in 1995.)
The Doors display
The Doors are among the bands that have their own display. It’s currently positioned between a Genesis display on the left and U2 on the right.
- Jim Morrison Coat, 1968. Worn by Jim Morrison on the rear-cover of “Waiting For The Sun”. (Collection of the RRHF)
- Doors Tour Program, 1968 (Gift of Deb Jameson)
- Rick and the Ravens Bass Drum Cover, 1964 (Collection of Rick Manzarek)
- “Light My Fire” Sheet Music, 1967 (Gift of Les Zakarin)
- Robby Krieger Sitar (Collection of Rick Manzarek)
- “Riders on the Storm” (reproduction) (Collection of Sergey Cherkasov)
- “Not to Touch the Earth” (reproduction) (Collection of Joe Sugarman)
- Ray Manzarek Electric Organ, 1965 Vox Continental (Gift of Ray Manzarek)
- Christmas Card, c. 1956 (Gift of Steve and Clara Morrison)
- Jim Morrison and his Cub Scout Pack at Miramar Naval Air Station, c. 1951, Jim Morrison Cub Scout Uniform c. 1950 (Gift of Steve and Clara Morrison)
- Letter from Robert Disher of the Florida Probation and Parole Commission to Admiral Morrison, 1970, Reply Letter from Admiral Morrison to Robert Disher of the Florida Probation and Parole Commission, 1970 (reproduction) (Gift of Steve and Clara Morrison)
- Robby Krieger Acoustic Guitar, 1968 Guild F-212 (Gift of Robby Krieger)
These are only some of the artefacts that are part of the RRHF’s collection. You can read about other items in this article—Jim Morrison: 40 Years Later—by Jim Henke, author of The Jim Morrison Scrapbook.
Other rock and roll artifacts
There are a zillion artifacts to check out. Here are some of my favorites:
Cool features at the museum
One of the coolest features at the museum is piped-in SiriusXM Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Radio inside and outside the museum. The playlist is exclusively RRHF-inducted artists. This makes for an incredible radio station indeed.
Also very cool is the Legacy Brick Program. It’s an amazing way to donate to the museum and leave a permanent personalized message outside the museum. The bricks are cleverly arranged like the grooves on a vinyl record. Track 1 is complete. But you can get in on Track 2.
One brick is by Ann Morrison and James Morrison Jr. Hmmm. Jim’s sister?
Have you been to the RRHF? What did you think?
Feature photo: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum (Palonsotcco/Wikimedia Commons)