Rock Hall Extends Alternative Press Magazine Exhibit


Last year, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opened the exhibit Never Give Up: Alternative Press Magazine At 30. It chronicles how publisher Mike Shea, the editor of his high school newspaper, started the music magazine in 1985. As the story goes, he went to Morse Graphics and bought a bunch of graph paper and sketched out the first issue. The rest is rock 'n' roll history.

AP would become the first U.S. magazine to have bands such as Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, Korn, Radiohead, Oasis, Fall Out Boy, Paramore and Smashing Pumpkins on its cover. Special artifacts on display include contact sheets from various photo shoots, cover art from hundreds of issues, letters to Alternative Press Magazine from fans and celebrities, early art work, video interviews with musicians featured over the years, footage from prior award shows and Vans Warped Tours.

Just today, the Rock Hall has just announced that the exhibit, which was slated to close this month, will be extended to April 17. 

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.