Zombies Exhibit Opening at Rock Hall in Cleveland

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The Zombies during their 1960s heyday

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland will spotlight the career and music of the ’60s British Invasion group The Zombies in a new exhibit.

Surviving members of the original lineup—Hugh Grundy, Chris White, Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent—will dedicate the exhibit tomorrow, July 12, at 5:00 p.m.

Among the items on display are:

  • Items from the group’s first major hit “She’s Not There,” including Rod Argent’s Hohner electric pianet and sheet music
  • Chris White’s bass guitar
  • Paul Atkinson’s acoustic guitar used on the recording of “Tell Her No”
  • Hugh Grundy’s Ludwig snare drum used on all of the Zombies’ 1960s recordings
  • The artwork for the band’s critically acclaimed Odessey and Oracle album by Terry Quirk
  • And more

According to a press release, “In this exhibit, fans and visitors will discover how the band handled their success and enthusiastic fans, how ZZ Top’s Frank Beard and Dusty Hill capitalized on the Zombies’ popularity, and their continued influence on popular music with artists like Dave Grohl, Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys, the Shins and more.”

Related: The Zombies celebrate 50 years of Odessey & Oracle

The Zombies will also serve as special guest participants in a trivia show, which will include behind-the-scenes highlights of the new exhibit. This show runs from 6 p.m.-6:15 p.m. and is open to the public with paid admission and free to Rock Hall members. Prizes will be awarded to winners.

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The Zombies just completed a 26-date North American tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of the recording of their 1968 album Odessey and Oracle, and the release of the coffee table book “The” Odessey: The Zombies in Words and Images. The book includes handwritten lyrics for all the songs on Odessey and Oracle, as well as many of their other popular songs. It contains rarely seen photos from throughout the band’s career, original artwork to accompany the lyrics, from both Terry Quirk, who created the iconic cover for Odessey & Oracle, and Vivienne Boucherat, who created individual works for each O&O song. The book’s text will include anecdotes behind the songs and their recording, all from the original members, as well as reflections from Brian Wilson, Nate Ruess, Clive Davis, Carlos Santana, Susanna Hoffs and many others. The foreword was written by Tom Petty.

Watch the Zombies sing “She’s Not There” in 1965

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