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Who Shot Rock & Roll: Akron Art Museum

PBS Western Reserve goes behind the scenes of the Akron Art Museum’s exhibition, Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present, which tells the story of the photographers whose works helped to define the musical genre of rock ‘n’ roll.

The exhibition is a photographic history of the past 55 years, presenting more than 160 photographs and videos by 100 artists who have been called the unsung heroes of rock music.

The PBS Western Reserve production enhances the photographers’ stories by talking with photography historian Gail Buckland. In addition, Barbara Tannenbaum, the museum’s director of curatorial affairs, discusses how photography and rock ‘n’ roll came of age and grew up together.

WHO SHOT ROCK & ROLL: AKRON ART MUSEUM also includes interviews with some of the photographers in the exhibition, plus it explores local ties to rock ‘n’ roll and rock history and the opening festivities for the exhibition

A PBS Western Reserve production, 2010.