ACL to be recognized as official Rock and Roll landmark

CLEVELAND (August 10, 2009) The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum today announced that Austin City Limits will be officially designated an historic rock and roll site as a part of the Museum’s Landmark Series this coming October.

Terry Stewart, President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and Terry Lickona, Executive Producer of Austin City Limits, made the announcement at the KLRU-TV studio, home of the groundbreaking Austin City Limits series now in its 35th season.

“Austin City Limits represents one of the most unique archives of modern American music,” said Terry Stewart. “It shares with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the mission of collecting, preserving and interpreting the rock and roll story and educating fans about the cultural significance of this art form.”

The Rock Hall will unveil a historic marker on Thursday, October 1 to celebrate the premiere of the 35th season of Austin City Limits on PBS. As a part of this designation, the Rock Hall and Austin City Limits will host educational panels with artists, members of the media and ACL staff discussing the significance of the groundbreaking music series and its impact on our culture.

“With more than 800 performances on our stage from all musical genres its really amazing to receive this honor from the Rock Hall,” said Terry Lickona, “the places to receive this honor are iconic and we are thrilled to be included among such legendary venues.”

The Rock Hall’s Landmark Series designates historic rock and roll landmarks around the United States that are essential to tell the story of rock and roll music. There are currently nine sites including the Whisky-a-Go-Go in Los Angeles where the Doors were resident performers; King Records in Cincinnati, a prominent American record label started in the 40s, The Crossroads in Clarksdale, Mississippi and the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa . Five sites are located in the Cleveland area and include Brooklyn High School, the location Elvis played his first concert north of the Mason-Dixon line and WJW Radio, home to Deejay Alan Freed who popularized the term “rock and roll.”

Inspired by the music scene that continues to thrive in Austin, ACL has for 35 years presented viewing audiences with live concerts from many of the world’s most acclaimed, accomplished and pioneering talent. At the same time the show has represented Austin to the nation and the world, laying the foundation for Austin’s reputation as the Live Music Capital.

“Austin City Limits has been the pride of our community for more than three decades,” said Mayor Lee Leffingwell.  “That’s why it’s so gratifying to see the show receive this prestigious national recognition.  I salute the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for choosing to honor the show’s legacy – and future – of unforgettable performances by America’s most treasured musicians.”