Rock Stars’ Cars & Guitars 2

Posted 07 May 2009 in General News
Rods & Customs & Rock & Roll at the Henry Ford Museum
By Tim Bernsau
If the hot rod is the electric guitar of cars, then the electric guitar must be the hot rod of musical instruments. Fifty years ago, hot rods and rock ‘n’ roll were derided as juvenile delinquent fads. This summer the Henry Ford Museum is celebrating both.
Rock Stars’ Cars & Guitars 2 is an all-new exhibit, on display May 16 to September 7, 2009, at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. The exhibit features more than 20 cars, more than 50 guitars, and a wide array of rock memorabilia from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, as well as from the Experience Music Project, and the stars’ personal collections. If this sounds familiar, it’s because the Henry Ford Museum hosted a similar exhibition a couple of years ago.
“Our visitors couldn’t get enough of the first Rock Stars’ Cars & Guitars exhibit in 2007,” said Patricia Mooradian, president of The Henry Ford. “This year’s exhibit is more amazing than the first, with rock memorabilia from the biggest names in the business-Pink Floyd, The Who, Social Distortion, Alice Cooper; it is a really fantastic lineup.”
Some of the cars included in the exhibit are the ’36 Ford custom owned by Kirk Hammett of Metallica, a’56 Lincoln Continental owned by Pete Townshend of The Who, the ’32 roadster driven by Ricky Nelson on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Jimmie Vaughan’s ’63 Buick Riv custom, Billy Gibbons’ Eliminator ’33 coupe, and Mike Ness’ ’40 Ford custom.
But wait, there’s more. The Henry Ford Museum has planned several special events to celebrate Rock Stars’ Cars & Guitars 2, starting with a kick-off exhibit preview party on May 14 and a full day of rock concerts by local bands on May 16.
Special after-hours 18-and-over programs at the Henry Ford Museum are scheduled on the third Thursday of the month throughout the summer.
June 18-Humorist and author Charles Phoenix presents his Retro Vacation Slide Show Tour of the USA, with kitschy and classic vintage slides and more from the Fifties and Sixties.
July 16-Wanda Jackson, the “Queen of Rockabilly” will discuss her legendary career as one of America’s first major female rock ‘n’ roll and country singers.
August 20-Local artist Mark Arminski, creator of numerous CD covers and concert posters, will share his expansive collection of vintage rock posters.
The Henry Ford Museum is open seven days a week, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors, and $11 for youth; members and children under five are free. For more information please call 313-982-6001 or visit


Introduced to good old Rock n Roll at an early age, Jams has spent his life in a love affair with music of all kinds. But as he says, there's nothing else in music to compare to a talented guitarist shredding their axe.

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