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Why is Cleveland the "Home of Rock and Roll"?

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Alan Freed

Alan Freed

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Question: Why is Cleveland the "Home of Rock and Roll"?

Cleveland is the site of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but what makes Cleveland worthy of the title "Home of Rock and Roll?"

Answer: Cleveland DJ, Alan Freed coined the phrase "Rock and Roll" on his Moondog Rock and Roll Radio Hour in the early 1950s. Freed is also credited with organizing the first rock concert, the Moondog Coronation Ball on March 21, 1952

Since then, Cleveland has been instrumental in launching the music careers of such artists as Bruce Springsteen, Devo, Chrissie Hynde, Roxy Music, David Bowie, and the James Gang. Today, Cleveland is the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a showcase of artist memorabilia, costumes, props, and, of course, music.

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