Rock Hall Adds New Instruments and Artifacts to Its Beatles Exhibit

click to enlarge COURTESY OF THE ROCK HALL
Courtesy of the Rock Hall
The Rock Hall always has had a Beatles exhibit. But the new exhibit unveiled today improves upon the previous incarnation. Notably, the new exhibit features a few key additions.

One item, an Archibald Ramsden upright piano, is the piano that was in the basement where Paul McCartney lived in the '60s with his girlfriend Jane Asher in central London. Lennon and McCartney composed some of their most iconic songs on the piano; they wrote tunes such as “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “And I Love Her,” “We Can Work It Out,” “Got to Get You Into My Life” and “Eleanor Rigby” on the instrument.

The exhibit also now includes the Hofner Senator electric guitar purchased by John Lennon during the Beatles’ time in Germany and used as a practice, studio and composition instrument.

Both the piano and the guitar are on loan from a California collector. Neither item has even been exhibited before.

Other new artifacts include drumsticks used by Ringo Starr during the Beatles concert at Cleveland’s Public Auditorium on September 15, 1964 (he handed them to two fans he met backstage after the show), a suit worn by George Harrison during the Beatles’ 1966 tour and Paul McCartney's musical score/notes for "Birthday” that he wrote in blue ink on the back of a recording track sheet.

The exhibit features a new design too and now includes a backdrop featuring vintage photos of the band members.

"We've always had a big Beatles presence to show what that band means," says Todd Mesek, the Rock Hall's vice president of marketing and communications. "There's an innumerable number of artists who say they picked up a guitar and started writing songs because of the Beatles, so it's important we acknowledge their influence. We want to do more storytelling with the exhibit and make it part of the Rock Hall experience."

In keeping with the holiday spirit, now through Dec. 31, if you drop off dry goods, winter accessories, household items or any other new item from the Rock Hall's wish list at the Rock Hall welcome desk, you'll receive a voucher redeemable for a discounted $16 general admission ticket.

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Jeff Niesel

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