The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Announces the Opening of 'Stuart Sutcliffe: From The Beatles to Backbeat'

The Museum also announces the extension of the critically-acclaimed exhibit

'Lennon: His Life and Work'



Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

    CLEVELAND, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and
 Museum announces the opening of its newest exhibition, "Stuart Sutcliffe:
 From the Beatles to Backbeat."  The exhibit, a retrospective on the life of
 one of the original members of the Beatles, opens to the public on Tuesday,
 May 15, 2001 and will run through Monday, September 3, 2001 in the Museum's
 Circular Gallery.
     In addition to the opening of the Stuart Sutcliffe exhibit, the Museum
 also announced today that due to overwhelming interest, the exhibition
 "Lennon:  His Life and Work" will be extended through at least the end of
 2001.
     Sutcliffe, who befriended John Lennon while in art school, was one of the
 original members of the Beatles along with Lennon, Paul McCartney, Pete Best
 and George Harrison.  At the urging of Lennon, Sutcliffe left art school and
 became the bass player for the band.  Sutcliffe is credited with developing
 the unique style of the Beatles.  The Beatles' early black-leather look, as
 well as their later Beatle haircuts and collarless jackets, were all ideas
 that originated with Sutcliffe.  He left the band in 1961 to pursue his art
 career.  On April 10, 1962, Sutcliffe died of a brain hemorrhage.  He was 21.
     "With a recent number one CD, a newly published biography and numerous
 television and radio documentaries, the Beatles are once again one of the
 hottest bands in the world," said Terry Stewart, President and CEO of the Rock
 and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.  "Having both of these historic exhibits
 here at the same time gives us a real opportunity to present many dimensions
 of this extraordinary band that have never been seen before.  The Lennon
 exhibit has been extremely popular, and we want to assure that as many
 visitors as possible will be able to enjoy it, especially through the busy
 summer months."
     The Sutcliffe exhibition, which is on loan from the Beatles Story Museum
 in Liverpool, provides a comprehensive look at Sutcliffe's life and the early
 years of the world's most famous rock band.  Included in this collection are
 letters, notes, set lists and other items providing insight into the Beatles'
 earliest years, as well as one of Sutcliffe's guitars and several of his
 paintings.  The collection is owned by Sutcliffe's sister, Pauline.
     "This exhibit provides an intriguing perspective on the beginnings of one
 of the greatest rock groups ever," said Jim Henke, Vice President of
 Exhibitions and Curatorial Affairs.  "The combination with the Lennon exhibit
 makes the Rock Hall a real 'must see' for Beatles fans this summer."
     The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is
 the world's only museum dedicated to preserving the living legacy of rock and
 roll.
 
 

SOURCE Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
    CLEVELAND, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and
 Museum announces the opening of its newest exhibition, "Stuart Sutcliffe:
 From the Beatles to Backbeat."  The exhibit, a retrospective on the life of
 one of the original members of the Beatles, opens to the public on Tuesday,
 May 15, 2001 and will run through Monday, September 3, 2001 in the Museum's
 Circular Gallery.
     In addition to the opening of the Stuart Sutcliffe exhibit, the Museum
 also announced today that due to overwhelming interest, the exhibition
 "Lennon:  His Life and Work" will be extended through at least the end of
 2001.
     Sutcliffe, who befriended John Lennon while in art school, was one of the
 original members of the Beatles along with Lennon, Paul McCartney, Pete Best
 and George Harrison.  At the urging of Lennon, Sutcliffe left art school and
 became the bass player for the band.  Sutcliffe is credited with developing
 the unique style of the Beatles.  The Beatles' early black-leather look, as
 well as their later Beatle haircuts and collarless jackets, were all ideas
 that originated with Sutcliffe.  He left the band in 1961 to pursue his art
 career.  On April 10, 1962, Sutcliffe died of a brain hemorrhage.  He was 21.
     "With a recent number one CD, a newly published biography and numerous
 television and radio documentaries, the Beatles are once again one of the
 hottest bands in the world," said Terry Stewart, President and CEO of the Rock
 and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.  "Having both of these historic exhibits
 here at the same time gives us a real opportunity to present many dimensions
 of this extraordinary band that have never been seen before.  The Lennon
 exhibit has been extremely popular, and we want to assure that as many
 visitors as possible will be able to enjoy it, especially through the busy
 summer months."
     The Sutcliffe exhibition, which is on loan from the Beatles Story Museum
 in Liverpool, provides a comprehensive look at Sutcliffe's life and the early
 years of the world's most famous rock band.  Included in this collection are
 letters, notes, set lists and other items providing insight into the Beatles'
 earliest years, as well as one of Sutcliffe's guitars and several of his
 paintings.  The collection is owned by Sutcliffe's sister, Pauline.
     "This exhibit provides an intriguing perspective on the beginnings of one
 of the greatest rock groups ever," said Jim Henke, Vice President of
 Exhibitions and Curatorial Affairs.  "The combination with the Lennon exhibit
 makes the Rock Hall a real 'must see' for Beatles fans this summer."
     The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is
 the world's only museum dedicated to preserving the living legacy of rock and
 roll.
 
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