Following their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Saturday night, Long Beach's Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and Freeport native Lou Reed will have their names etched into the glass of the Hall of Fame and items from their careers will be on display in a special exhibit at the Cleveland museum.
The fuchsia jacket, designed by Richard Tyler, and gray "Bad Girl" T-shirt that Jett wore on the cover of 1981's "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" album will be part of the exhibit, along with a guitar that she played while in The Runaways. Jett told the Rock Hall that the $300 blazer was the first expensive piece of clothing she ever owned, a gift from Joyce Bogart, wife of record executive Neil Bogart.
One of the late Reed's guitars will also be on display, as well as the "Rock and Roll Animal" T-shirt he wore in the 1996 video for "Hookywooky." The shirt, designed by Phyllis Leibowitz, was inspired by Reed's 1974 live album of the same name.
Those items will become part of the museum's collection, along with other artifacts from other Long Islanders in the Rock Hall. The notebook Billy Joel used when he was writing the lyrics to "The Stranger" album is often on display at the museum and "Piano Man" is permanently part of the "Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll" exhibit.
Roosevelt's Public Enemy has donated many items from its career, including Chuck D's black Public Enemy baseball jackets, the white clocks Flavor Flav would wear as necklaces and their handwritten lyrics. Many expect Public Enemy to lead a new wave of Long Island hip-hop acts into the museum, including recent nominees LL Cool J and Eric B & Rakim.
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