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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Feature New ICON Exhibit

March 15, 2012

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum recently took a look at how the "ICON: The Influence of Elvis Presley" Exhibit came to fruition. In a recent blog post by the Museum Curator Howard Kramer, he talks about how the Graceland archive team and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum staff worked together to create Graceland's own exhibition featuring some of today's biggest celebrities.

Kramer says Graceland's Director of Archives, Angie Marchese, approached him two years ago with the idea to showcase Elvis' influence on other artists.

"It is Graceland's mission to tell the story of Elvis Presley, and this was a chance to tell the story from an 'outside perspective,' a viewpoint the experts at Graceland were eager to explore," writes Kramer in the recent blog post on

Curated by the Graceland archives team in partnership with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the groundbreaking exhibit features 75 artifacts - on loan from the famed Cleveland museum and from the collections of many of today’s biggest names in music who have been influenced by the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

"Presley was such a musical force and cultural phenomenon that it's not hard to draw connections to other performers," said Kramer. "It was a fantastic idea and a perfect opportunity for our respective institutions to collaborate."

Read Howard Kramer's entire blog at Also, learn more about the "ICON: The Influence of Elvis Presley Presented" Exhibit and for more information on tours and for a FREE online trip planner, please visit