This exhibition examines Florida’s role in the rock ‘n’ roll evolution from its beginning in the early 1950s to the present. Several genres of music, from jazz and gospel to hard rock and country, are featured through more than 400 items and artifacts on display. Highlighted acts include Gainesville’s Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Jacksonville’s Allman Brothers Band, Miami’s diva Gloria Estefan and The Miami Sound Machine and Key West’s favorite son, Jimmy Buffett, among many others. Conceived and organized by the Museum of Florida History in Tallahassee, Florida’s Rock ‘n Roll Legends explores all aspects of Florida’s musical history, from bands and performers who got their start here to those native to the state.
The Museum of Florida History produced this exhibit with the support of the following sponsors: BellSouth; Rogers, Towers Law Firm; Coca-Cola Enterprises; Clear Channel Broadcasting; Publix Supermarket Charities. This project has been financed in part with Historical Museums Grants-in-Aid Program assistance provided by the Bureau of Historical Museums, Division of Historical Resources, Florida Department of State, Katherine Harris, Secretary of State.