The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Quiz

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In what year was the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation established?
1963
1973
1983
Rock had been around for decades before the foundation was formed.

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Where is the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame museum?
Cleveland
It is in downtown Cleveland near the shore of Lake Erie.
Chicago
Milwaukee

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The Ahmet Ertegun Award for Lifetime Achievement award was formerly called what?
Roadie Award
Backing Band Award
Non-Performers Award
It recognizes people who work in the music industry but receive none of the acclaim of the artists they help make famous.

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What did the Sex Pistols famously call the Hall?
"Crumbled cookie"
"Urine in wine"
They made their disdain for the Hall apparent right from the start.
"A huge honor"

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From which city did the term "rock 'n' roll" originate?
Cleveland
A Cleveland disc jockey named Alan Freed gets credit for coming up with the term.
New York City
Los Angeles

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The founder of which major record label helped to spur the establishment of the foundation?
Atlantic Records
Ahmet Ertegun was not only a savvy businessman, but he also did a good bit of songwriting.
EMI
Warner Music Group

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Which artist did NOT play at the Hall's 25th anniversary concert?
Lou Reed
Metallica
Tom Petty
The first night of the show -- which ran nearly six hours long -- featured an amazing array of headliner-quality acts.

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Which artist is the only one to have ever been inducted in three different groups?
Roger Gilmour
David Crosby
Eric Clapton
He is enshrined as a solo performer and also as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream.

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In which year did the Hall of Fame open in Cleveland?
1986
1995
After Cleveland was named as the location for the hall, it took about a decade to finish construction.
2001

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During a Hall speech, Johnny Ramone sparked controversy by praising which president?
President Reagan
President Obama
President George W. Bush
He heartily aired his support for the president and said he was tired of Republicans being mocked publicly.

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The museum's first full-blown exhibit spotlighted which subgenre of rock?
psychedelic rock
It was heavy on Janis Joplin, John Lennon, The Jefferson Airplane and other instantly recognizable artists.
garage rock
1950s rock

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Which famous architect was hired to design the hall?
I.M. Pei
He also designed the Bank of China Tower, the Suzhou Museum and other notable buildings.
Frank Gehry
Frank Lloyd Wright

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Artists are eligible for induction into the Hall after how many years of the release of their first record?
25 years
It is one of the most notable (and concrete) criteria for induction.
30 years
35 years

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In which year was the first class of the Hall of Fame inducted?
1982
1986
That first class included some of the most famous names in American music history.
1996

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Which member of The Beatles has never been inducted as a solo artist?
Ringo
Drummers just never get any credit.
George
Paul

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Which artist or band was NOT inducted in the first class of the Hall of Fame?
Elvis
Sam Cooke
Roy Orbison
Orbison was inducted the following year.

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About how many artists are inducted each year?
about 5 to 7
There are a very limited number of slots made available in each class.
about 10 to 12
about 15 to 17

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Which non-American artists were the first to be inducted into the Hall?
The Beatles
They made it as part of the third year of the hall; Paul McCartney didn't attend due to a feud with the other members.
The Who
Pink Floyd

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How many years passed before the E Street Band joined Bruce Springsteen in the Hall?
25 years
15 years
The Hall didn't begin recognizing backing bands until 2012.
10 years

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The Sex Pistols declined to attend their induction in part due to the fact they would have had to pay how much money to sit at a head table?
$25,000
Being famous apparently doesn't come cheap, even at your own awards ceremony.
$10,000
$1,000

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In what year was Johnny Cash inducted into the Hall of Fame?
1992
The Man in Black was a shoo-in to make the Hall at one point or another.
1988
1987

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About how many people cast votes to determine which artists are inducted?
roughly 200
roughly 400
roughly 600
Those artists that get the most votes are the ones who nab one of the precious spots in that year's class.

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The Hall of Fame boasts the third-highest attendance rate of all halls of fame.
TRUE
FALSE
It actually has the No. 1 attendance numbers, with more than 10 million visitors since its 1995 opening.

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After becoming eligible for induction, how many years did it take Kiss to land a spot in the Hall?
8 years
15 years
Critics derided their inclusion but fans insisted that Kiss belonged in the Hall.
20 years

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In which year did the Hall open one slot to fan voting?
2005
2007
2012
In 2016, fans used their online voting power to induct … Chicago.

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How many square feet of space is there in the Hall's exhibition areas?
42,000 square feet
55,000 square feet
That does not include the 65,000-square-foot outdoor plaza, and it doesn't speak to the building's innovative aesthetics.
72,000 square feet

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From the exterior, which shape predominates the Hall of Fame?
spheres
rectangles
triangles
I.M. Pei said that he wanted the building to symbolize the feelings of rock 'n' roll.

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When he was selected as the Hall's architect, which rock band was I.M. Pei's favorite?
He didn't have one.
He's on the record as saying he didn't know anything about the genre.
Led Zeppelin
The Beatles

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As of 2016, how many total people had been inducted into the Hall?
453
749
That number includes 113 different groups of musicians.
1,012

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What is the single most important criteria for induction into the Hall?
musical excellence
The Hall weighs this variable as the most important for all artists.
depth of career
innovation and superiority in style and technique

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