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Museum of Rock Music opens in Barcelona
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ThinkSpain , Thursday, March 31, 2011

For those who have always wanted to know what Las Hermanas Hurtado have in common with the Beatles, or eat off the golden bathtub Elton John used to use in the 1990s, Spain's first Museum of Rock music, which opened in Barcelona's Areas shopping mall today, is the place to go.

The museum, which is open from 10am til 10pm every day of the week, houses an exhibition of some 500 pieces from the Barcelona Private Rock Music Museum Foundation, which has over 5,000 objects and a million documents, 500 songs and a thousand films to its name - one of the largest collections of rock memorabilia in Europe.
 
The exhibition is made up of four rooms, one dedicated to the Beatles, one to the Rolling Stones, another to national rock, and the fourth one is to house temporary exhibitions, that will change every three months; it is currently dedicated to Queen, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the club's formation.

The museum will be holding concerts as well as running an educational programme for schoolchildren called "On Stage", which gives them the chance to feel like a music star on stage with lights, sound and a virtual audience.

The items in the exhibition include original Beatles and Rolling Stones records, one of Michael Jackson's jackets from his "Bad" tour in 1987, letters of complaint to the Guardia Civil in Mallorca from Yoko Ono and John Lennon, an unpublished Bruce Springsteen letter, and Ringo Starr's signature on a cheque from the  National Westiminister Bank.  Rock fans can also see a manuscript by Paul McCartney to create a fan club for the song "Michelle" in Spain, and a picture that the Fab Four took with Las Hermanas Hurtado, a flamenco group, in 1965.

 

 
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