Austin City Limits Gets Rock Hall Nod

 

On this count, DO
believe the hype, ‘cos ACL deserves the recognition.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

We love the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at BLURT – so much so
that we outlined the ways we love it in the latest issue of the magazine. Go
HERE to read the article, “Don’t Believe the Hype,” on the Rock Hall.

 

We also love Austin,
so the fact that today the Rock Hall announced it was designating the city’s
venerable Austin City Limits an “historic rock and roll site” is reason to
cheer. Hey, maybe they’ll wise up and move the museum to Austin or something! Here’s the official
announcement:

 

 

Cleveland, OH –  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
and Museum today announced that Austin City Limits will be officially
designated an historic rock and roll site as a part of the Museum’s Landmark
Series this coming October.

 

Terry Stewart,
President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and Terry
Lickona, Executive Producer of Austin City Limits, made the announcement at the
KLRU-TV studio, home of the groundbreaking Austin City
Limits series now in its 35th season.

 

“Austin City Limits
represents one of the most unique archives of modern American music,” said
Terry Stewart. “It shares with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the mission of
collecting, preserving and interpreting the rock and roll story and educating
fans about the cultural significance of this art form.”

 

The Rock Hall will
unveil a historic marker on Thursday, October 1 to celebrate the premiere of
the 35th season of Austin
City Limits on PBS. As a
part of this designation, the Rock Hall and Austin City
Limits will host educational panels with artists, members of the media and ACL
staff discussing the significance of the groundbreaking music series and its
impact on our culture.

 

“With more than 800
performances on our stage from all musical genres its really amazing to receive
this honor from the Rock Hall,” said Terry Lickona, “the places to receive this
honor are iconic and we are thrilled to be included among such legendary
venues.”

 

The Rock Hall’s
Landmark Series designates historic rock and roll landmarks around the United
States that are essential to tell the story of rock and roll music. There are
currently nine sites including the Whisky-a-Go-Go in Los Angeles where the
Doors were resident performers; King Records in Cincinnati, a prominent
American record label started in the 40s, The Crossroads in Clarksdale,
Mississippi and the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa . Five sites are located
in the Cleveland area and include Brooklyn High School,
the location Elvis played his first concert north of the Mason-Dixon
line and WJW Radio, home to Deejay Alan Freed who popularized the
term “rock and roll.”

 

Inspired by the music
scene that continues to thrive in Austin,
ACL has for 35 years presented viewing audiences with live concerts from many
of the world’s most acclaimed, accomplished and pioneering talent. At the same
time the show has represented Austin to the
nation and the world, laying the foundation for Austin’s reputation as the Live Music
Capital.

 

“Austin City
Limits has been the pride of our community for more than three decades,” said
Mayor Lee Leffingwell.  “That’s why it’s so gratifying to see the
show receive this prestigious national recognition.  I salute the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for choosing to honor the show’s legacy – and future
– of unforgettable performances by America’s most treasured musicians.”

 

 

 

 

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