“Backstage Pass” — An in Depth Look at the People of Rock ‘n’ Roll

Mr. Isaac Cleveland

HINESBURG, VT – It has been around 60 years since Rock ‘n’ Roll began, a genre that brought change, helped desegregate the US, and created a new groove for the Baby Boomer generation to “get down” to. The number of artists that represent the Rock sounds of the ‘60s to the ‘90s is almost too many to count, ranging from Elvis Presley to The Beatles to Jimi Hendrix to

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Aerosmith, and this is only naming a few of the many music geniuses that influenced the American people.

Many people know these artists’ music by heart, yet their life outside of the spotlight is far from well-known. Shelburne Museum’s newest exhibition, “Backstage Pass,” shows the famous artists of the era in a new light, depicting the emotions and the activities of the musicians offstage. The photographs display an extremely important peace of our culture and history, celebrating the people who changed the world through music.

The exhibition consists of over 200 photographs, either B&W or color prints, ranging from the influencers of Rock ‘n’ Roll such as Miles Davis, to the style and nonconformity of David Bowie.

Though Bill Haley and the Comets may be the official start of the Rock & Roll era, Elvis Presley was debatably one of the most influential characters of the time. According to Rolling Stone magazine, “Elvis Presley was rock & roll’s first real star, not to mention one of the most important cultural forces in history, a hip-shaking symbol of liberation for the staid America of the 1950s.” Albert Wertheimer’s “Elvis Kiss” photograph is seen in the exhibit. This photograph almost represents America’s love of Elvis, in his “looks,” his music, and his incredible stage presence.

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