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Rock-and-Roll Hall pays tribute to 'psychedelic' era


May 6, 1997
Web posted at: 11:45 p.m. EDT

CLEVELAND (CNN) -- On Tuesday, the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame paid tribute to Crosby, Stills and Nash, Joni Mitchell and other icons of the era of peace and love.

Such homage only seems fitting, since the museum unveiled a new exhibit: "I Want to Take You Higher: The Psychedelic Era, 1965-1969."

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But it wasn't just members of the Woodstock generation that made it into America's pantheon of rock. George Clinton, the mastermind of Parliament-Funkadelic, was an inductee this year at the annual ceremony.


Also inducted were the East Coast 1960s band, the Young Rascals (later, the Rascals), who pumped out organ-driven rock and soul hits.

The rest of this year's list includes Buffalo Springfield, Diana Ross, Tom Petty, James Taylor, the Artist (formerly Prince) and Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys.

Even the Bee Gees, lords of the disco and the bane of many leather-clad rockers, were admitted Tuesday into Cleveland's $100 million I.M Pei-designed building.

One of the most popular exhibits at the museum: a collection of more than 1,100 autographed drumsticks.

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How did this assemblage of sticks get started? "I caught a couple of drumsticks at a concert and didn't think that much of it, and it really evolved into something different than I intended it to be," said Peter Lavinger of New York.


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