The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will open its latest exhibit, Graham Nash: Touching the Flame, on October 17 at its museum in Cleveland, OH.
With Graham Nash as narrator, the exhibit utilizes the two-time Hall of Fame Inductee's (the Hollies, Crosby, Stills & Nash) personal collection as a guide to the highs and lows, tumult and joys of the last half century. Pieces from Nash's heroes and inspirations – the Beatles, the Everly Brothers, Elvis Presley, the Beach Boys, Buddy Holly and Duane Allman – and treasures from his time with The Hollies and Crosby, Stills and Nash come to life as Nash reflects on the visceral and profound impact of the music and world events on him and those around him.
Rock collides with art and politics, as mementos of relationships and connections to such occasions as the assassination of John F. Kennedy recall pivotal moments that shaped not only the music, but also the outlook of generations. "It's more than a look at Graham Nash's musical career," says Rock and Roll Hall of Fame president and CEO Greg Harris. "It's a look at the inspiration he drew from the world around him – inspirations that made him a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee."
Plus, for those who've ever wondered what it would be like to trade harmonies with a Hall of Fame Inductee, a unique interactive game will bring visitors face to face with Graham Nash himself as he guides – and critiques – would-be singing partners as they try to harmonize with him. Visitors will be able to email themselves a keepsake of their singing ability.
Among the items in the exhibit are:
- Photographs taken by Nash, including one of his earliest shots, taken of his mother in 1953
- Test pressings of Love Me Do, Please Please Me and Fool on the Hill by the Beatles
- Handwritten lyrics to Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine) written by Bob Dylan
- The earliest version of handwritten lyrics to Nash's Our House
- A Gibson SG played by Duane Allman
- Phil Everly's acoustic guitar
- The jeans and belt Nash wore at Woodstock '69
- Photographs taken by Buddy Holly
- A Joni Mitchell painting of Nash with their cat, Calico