New Rock Hall Exhibit Features Photos of Iconic Acts From the Past 40 Years

A couple of years ago, the Rock Hall acquired hundreds of thousands of photographs by Jeff Rusnak, a fixture in the pits of New Jersey, Philadelphia and New York rock clubs and concert halls.

A late-night disc jockey, musician, producer and manager at the Princeton Record Exchange and an incessant photographer, Rusnak took photos of acts such as Black Flag, U2, the Clash and Ween while they were still relatively unknown.

This week, the Rock Hall opened a new exhibit devoted to Rusnak.

Much of his collection was discovered after his passing in 2016, and his family donated the photos to the Rock Hall. The exhibit, dubbed Something Going On: Jeff Rusnak, A Rock & Roll Life, features just a few of the photos the Rock Hall acquired, including shots of David Bowie, Henry Rollins, Joe Strummer, Elvis Costello, Peter Gabriel, the Who, Talking Heads, Flaming Lips, Yes and Gary Numan.

The entire collection of photos is housed at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Library & Archives that's located on the Metro campus of Cuyahoga Community College.
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Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected].
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