NLA/MPLA Keynote Speaker Introduction
October 18th, 2017
On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, I was fortunate to have been asked to introduce the keynote speaker at the Nevada Library Association/Mountain Plains Library Association joint conference at the Hard Rock Casino and Hotel, Stateline, South Lake Tahoe. Here’s what I said:
I have the great privilege of introducing Greg Harris, CEO of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.
Cleveland, really? I live in LA. We have a great site on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood near the Troubadour and Whiskey for your next satellite.
We — public, academic, and special libraries — search for stories that connect the emotional life of our customer’s to what we do. We call it “transforming lives.” And, really rock and rock does it at a raw level. It needs no explanation. It’s name says it all. It is deep, and lasts one’s entire life.
When I drove up to this hotel yesterday and got out of the car, the cool fresh air hit me and so did the sound of George Harrison and the Traveling Wilbury’s Well Its Alight. Just loud enough to make a difference and welcome me to where else but here.
Rock and roll, yes, like all music, emotionally connects oneself starting at a tender age when we’re needing connection to validate our own individual existence as we transition to self-identity and to find our way in the world from more narrowly our family.
Rock and roll is a world, its figures take on significance larger than life, it is a rich vein of experience that we plumb. Later we call it culture.
We all have those memories, those connections, those recollections: I remember, I was there when, I was at that concert, I saw them, I once met, my friend knew…
We keep adopting new music, broadening our experience world and understanding those younger by listening, part experience and part social scientist. We even teach our children (no, not an intended quote) what we’ve loved, and now love, as age diversifies our rock and roll experience.
So Greg, tell us…we listen with rapt attention and great enthusiasm for insights into the world of rock and roll, its Hall of Fame, and Museum.