Thursday, February 24, 2011

Come For Baseball, Stay For The Guitars

Bob Meshnick, creator of the A Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame For The Kinks Facebook page, sends word of The International Guitar Hall Of Fame, which is expected to open in Cooperstown, New York in 2013. Founded by renowned guitarist/teacher Arlen Roth, its mission is to entertain as well as educate. There will be a cafe on the premises, as well as a shop that sells souvenirs, instructional material, and instruments. Roth envisions promotional events such as an annual Cars And Guitars Show that will be staged on the streets of Cooperstown. Hopefully, it will pull in some of the folks who come to visit the neighboring Baseball Hall Of Fame.

The IGHOF already has an extensive list of Inductees, divided into categories like Blues and R&B; Rock; Jazz; Country; Folk; and Classical. Some of the musicians already chosen include Robert Johnson, B.B. King, T-Bone Walker, Elizabeth Cotton, Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, The Edge, Dave Davies, Ry Cooder, John Lennon, George Harrison, Jennifer Batten, Pete Townshend, Carlos Santana, Jeff, Beck, Jimmie Page, Stephen Stills, Mark Knopfler, Al Di Meola, Larry Carlton, John McLaughlin, Charlie Byrd, Chet Atkins, Maybelle Carter, Waylon Jennings, Roy Clark, Pete Seeger, David Bromberg, Steve Goodman, James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Jose Feliciano, and Andres Segovia.

Exhibits for each artist will feature guitars, outfits, photos, and other related items. Roth hopes that fans who come for one particular genre will be inspired to learn more about others. Meshnick and Roth will run the Facebook page for the International Guitar Hall Of Fame, and they will soon provide information on how people can donate money.

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