Counterculture eccentricities at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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CLEVELAND, September 25, 2013 – Remember those thrilling days of yesteryear? You know, those psychedelic, hippy days and nights filled with sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll? One Colombian businessman almost made it his life’s work to remember all the above, devoting a considerable amount of his wealth to his oddball hobby. 

Some of his massive collection is now on display in Cleveland, Ohio at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They’ve sent us a press release on their new exhibit, which provides more detail: 

“The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will open Collecting the Counterculture: Julio Mario Santo Domingo, Jr., an exclusive look into the private collection of one of the world’s most passionate collectors of all things pop culture and rock and roll. The exhibition opens Wednesday, October 2, 2013 and will showcase a number of extraordinary and whimsical objects Santo Domingo obtained over the course of his lifetime. 

“Collecting the Counterculture: Julio Mario Santo Domingo, Jr., will fill the Patty, Jay and Kizzie Baker Gallery with eclectic pieces of rock and roll history. In addition, a number of items from Santo Domingo’s collection related to the Rolling Stones are currently on display in the Museum’s special exhibition, Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction. 

“Santo Domingo (1958-2009) was a Colombian businessman who devoted himself to amassing one of the world’s largest private collections exploring man’s relationship with sex, drugs, the occult, social taboos, popular culture and rock and roll. Santo Domingo kept his collection in an inconspicuous warehouse in Geneva, Switzerland that held nearly 100,000 books and at least the same amount of other diverse objects ranging from posters and paintings to medicine bottles and pinball machines. 

“Collecting the Counterculture: Julio Mario Santo Domingo, Jr. exhibit highlights include: 

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  • Bicycle owned by Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd, c. 2000
  • Leadbelly essay written by Woody Guthrie, c. 1947
  • John Lennon’s Japanese cabinet, c. 1900
  • A diary belonging to Keith Moon of The Who, 1978

 “Collecting the Counterculture closes on January 5, 2014.

 For Clevelanders, Ohioans, and anyone making a fall-winter pilgrimage to this rock Mecca on the Lake Erie shore, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, it’s open until 9 p.m. Admission: $22 for adults, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland. Children under 8 and Museum members are free.

For further information, or to become a member, call (216) 515 - 1939.     

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Terry Ponick

Now writing on investing, politics, music, movies and theater for the Washington Times Communities, Terry was formerly the longtime music and culture critic for the Washington Times print edition (1994-2009) before moving online with Communities in 2010.  



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