Archival collection Michael Ochs Collection

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Bulk, 1975-1985; Inclusive, 1948-1997, undated
38.42 Linear feet (22 records cartons, 1 half Hollinger box, 7 oversize boxes, 1 shared flat file drawer) 

[Identification of item], Michael Ochs Collection, Library and Archives, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Creator of the Michael Ochs Archives for rock and roll photographs. Contains documents on Ochs’ career as a rock and roll photographer, as a publicist for Columbia Records, the courses he taught at UCLA, and his radio programs.
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Scope and Contents note

The Michael Ochs Collection spans the years 1948 to 1994, with the bulk of the material dating between 1975 and 1985. The documents pertain to Ochs’ career as a rock and roll photographer, his career as a publicist for Columbia Records, the courses he taught at UCLA, and his radio programs. Some prominent artists featured in the collection include Ella Fitzgerald, Fleetwood Mac, Jimi Hendrix, Dean Martin, Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, Bob Seger, and Grace Slick. The collection provides rich documentation of both Ochs’ role in the rock and roll music industry and a history of the rock and roll genre itself. Ochs' research and interviews provide intricate details for those interested in the history of rock and roll music.

Custodial History note

The Michael Ochs Collection was received by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. as a gift from Michael Ochs on December 2, 2002. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. transferred the collection to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. on March 31, 2011.

Processing Information

Processed by Rachel Somerville, Project Archivist. Completed October 18, 2010. Revised by William Jackson, Public Services Assistant. Completed October 10, 2013. Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS and local processing manual.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research. Patrons must sign the Acknowledgment of Legal Responsibility and Privacy Rights statement on the Researcher Registration form before using this collection. Either the condition of the audiovisual materials in this collection has not yet been determined for playback purposes or the audiovisual material is on defunct media and, therefore, is RESTRICTED. Access copies of the audiovisual materials may have to be created prior to use. Consult the Library and Archives staff in advance of your visit to ensure access to these materials is available.

Conditions Governing Use note

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. owns right, title, and interest in the works of authorship embodied in the materials in this collection. The transfer of Donor's literary and other property rights does not include writings of other individuals and organizations contained in the gift. For more information, please consult the staff of the Library and Archives.

Subject Headings

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Aerosmith (Musical group)
Allman Brothers Band
Argent, Rod
Armstrong, Louis, 1901-1971
Asleep at the Wheel (Musical group)
Atkins, Chet
Baker, LaVern
Band (Musical group)
Bangs, Lester
Beach Boys
Beck, Jeff
Bee Gees
Berry, Chuck
Black Sabbath (Musical group)
Blackwell, Otis, 1931-2002
Bland, Bobby
Blind Faith (Musical group)
Blondie (Musical group)
Bo Diddley, 1928-2008
Booker T. & the MG's (Musical group)
Bowie, David
Brown, James, 1933-2006
Brown, Ruth, 1928-2006
Browne, Jackson
Buckingham, Lindsey
Buffalo Springfield (Musical group)
Burdon, Eric, 1941-
Burke, Solomon
Butterfield, Paul
Byrds (Musical group)
Cash, Johnny
Charles, Ray, 1930-2004
Chic (Musical Group)
Clapton, Eric
Clemons, Clarence
Cliff, Jimmy
Clinton, George, 1940-
Coasters (Musical group)
Cochran, Eddie, 1938-1960
Cohen, Leonard, 1934-
Cole, Nat King, 1919-1965
Cooke, Sam
Costello, Elvis
Cream (Musical group)
Creedence Clearwater Revival (Musical group)
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Curtis, King, 1934-1971
Darin, Bobby
Dave Clark Five (Musical group)
Davis, Miles
Diamond, Neil
Dion, 1939-
Domino, Fats, 1928-
Donovan, 1946-
Doors (Musical group)
Dozier, Lamont
Drifters (Musical group)
Dylan, Bob, 1941-
Eagles (Musical group)
Earth, Wind, and Fire (Musical group)
Edwards, Dennis
Electric Light Orchestra
Everly Brothers
Faces (Musical group)
Fitzgerald, Ella
Fleetwood Mac (Musical group)
Fogerty, John, 1945-
Four Seasons (Musical group)
Four Tops (Musical group)
Franklin, Aretha
Freed, Alan
Funkadelic (Musical group)
Gaye, Marvin
Genesis (Musical group)
Getty Images, Inc.
Graham, Bill, 1931-1991
Graham, Larry
Grandmaster Flash
Green, Al, 1946-
Guthrie, Woody, 1912-1967
Haley, Bill, 1925-1981
Hall and Oates
Hammond, John, 1910-1987
Hayes, Isaac
Hendrix, Jimi
Holland, Eddie
Hollies (Musical group)
Holly, Buddy, 1936-1959
Howlin' Wolf, 1910-1976
Impressions (Musical group)
Ink Spots (Musical group)
Isley Brothers
Jackson 5 (Musical group)
Jackson, Mahalia, 1911-1972
Jackson, Michael, 1958-2009
Jacksons (Musical group)
James, Etta, 1938-2012
Jefferson Airplane (Musical group)
Joel, Billy
John, Elton
John, Little Willie, 1937-1968
Jones, Quincy, 1933-
Joplin, Janis
Jordan, Louis, 1908-1975
Kendricks, Eddie
King, Albert, 1923-1992
King, B.B.
King, Freddy, 1934-1976
Kinks (Musical group)
Kirshner, Don
Knight, Gladys, 1944-
LL Cool J, 1968-
Leadbelly, 1885-1949
Led Zeppelin (Musical group)
Leiber, Jerry
Lennon, John, 1940-1980
Lewis, Jerry Lee
Library and Archives
Little Anthony, 1940-
Little Richard, 1932-
Love, Darlene
Lovin' Spoonful (Musical group)
Lymon, Frankie
Lynyrd Skynyrd (Musical group)
Madonna, 1958-
Mamas and the Papas (Musical group)
Marley, Bob
Marriott, Steve
Martin, Dean, 1917-1995
Mayfield, Curtis
McGuinn, Roger
McPhatter, Clyde
Mellencamp, John, 1951-
Michael Ochs Archives
Miracles (Musical group)
Mitchell, Joni
Moonglows (Musical group)
Morrison, Van, 1945-
Muddy Waters, 1915-1983
Nyro, Laura
O'Jays (Musical group)
Ochs, Michael, 1943-
Ochs, Phil
Orbison, Roy
Orioles (Musical group)
Otis, Johnny, 1921-2012
Parliament (Musical group)
Paul, Les
Perkins, Carl, 1932-1998
Pickett, Wilson
Pink Floyd (Musical group)
Pitney, Gene
Platters (Musical group)
Pomus, Doc, 1925-1991
Pop, Iggy, 1947-
Presley, Elvis, 1935-1977
Pretenders (Musical group)
Price, Lloyd
Queen (Musical group)
Raitt, Bonnie
Ramones (Musical group)
Rascals (Musical group)
Redding, Otis, 1941-1967
Reed, Jimmy, 1925-1976
Reeves, Martha
Robertson, Robbie
Robinson, Smokey, 1940-
Rodgers, Jimmie, 1897-1933
Rolling Stones
Ronettes (Musical group)
Ronstadt, Linda
Ross, Diana, 1944-
Russell, Leon
Santana (Musical group)
Seeger, Pete, 1919-
Seger, Bob
Shannon, Del
Shirelles (Musical group)
Simon and Garfunkel
Simon, Paul, 1941-
Slick, Grace
Sly & the Family Stone (Musical group)
Small Faces (Musical group)
Smith, Patti
Spector, Phil, 1940-
Spector, Ronnie, 1943-
Springfield, Dusty
Springsteen, Bruce
Staple Singers
Steely Dan (Musical group)
Stevens, Cat, 1948-
Stoller, Mike
Talking Heads (Musical group)
Taylor, James, 1948-
Temptations (Musical group)
Turner, Ike
Turner, Joe, 1911-1985
Turner, Tina
U2 (Musical group)
Valens, Ritchie, 1941-1959
Van Halen (Musical group)
Velvet Underground (Musical group)
Ventures (Musical group)
Vincent, Gene, 1935-1971
Washington, Dinah, 1924-1963
Who (Musical group)
Williams, Hank, 1923-1953
Wilson, Jackie
Winwood, Steve, 1948-
Wonder, Stevie
Wray, Link
Yardbirds (Musical group)
Young, Neil, 1945-
Zappa, Frank
Blues (Music)
Country music
Folk music
Folk-rock music
Mass media and publicity
Music trade--Management
Nonfiction films
Psychedelic rock music
Rhythm and blues music
Rock music
Rock music festivals
Rock music--History and criticism
Rock music--Interviews
Rock music--United States
Rock music--Writing and publishing
Soul music
1/4 inch audio tape
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
Business records
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
Documentary films
Files (Records)