About The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum is located in Cleveland, Ohio. The unofficial home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was located in SoHo, New York for many years, but after the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation lobbied to have a museum built, several cities put their names forward, including Cleveland. The city of Cleveland argued that the city had been instrumental in the founding and growth of rock and roll, including the term and the radio stations that made the genre possible. Cleveland was also one of the main stops on any rock and roll concert tour. Eventually, the city of Cleveland was decided as the location of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum, and the museum began inducting musicians on a yearly basis based on the decisions of the Foundation’s board of directors. This process of selection has become the subject of considerable controversy, with many artists and industry commentators criticizing the fact that many artists seem to be inducted based mainly on their potential to bring paying customers to the museum, with less well-known but influential artists and bands being passed over. The most famous objection was voiced by the Sex Pistols upon their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: the band refused to appear at the Museum ceremony, and sent an angry letter explaining their objections to the selection process.