Back from looking for America, as S&G put it. A few observations:
–The Rock&Roll Hall of Fame is definitely a fun place to spend a few hours, but a) it’s a little weird to put Rock&Roll in a museum, b) looking at e.g. Sting’s bass or Van Halen’s drum kit is a bit like looking a Picasso’s paint brush–not as big a whoop as they think, and c) Rock&Roll has produced a ton of incredibly awesome music.
There’s a great geographical dimension to the displays–you really get a feel for how important that variation was and is to the music. One challenge I sense the museum is trying to cope with is the problem that early inductees were absolute giants relative to recent ones. I don’t think there’s a fix for that…when they opened in the mid-80s there was just such a backlog of genius.
–You have to work very hard not to eat really badly on the road. The industry has cornered the market based on the fact that traveling Americans, myself included, love salt and carbs and sugar, and they’re banking on the chance that even the Buddhists who avoid that sort of thing at home will just say “screw it–everything in moderation…including moderation” when on the road.