Rock Hall Ousts Father Of Rock ‘N Roll’s Ashes, Installs Beyoncé’s Wardrobe

James Rettig | August 4, 2014 - 7:03 pm

In what’s sure to be another talking point for those who lament the rise of poptimism, DJ Alan Freed’s ashes were removed from the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame today, only a few days after the opening of an exhibit featuring some of Beyoncé’s most iconic outfits, including the black leotard worn in the “Single Ladies” video (seen above). Freed was a Cleveland radio DJ who is often called the “Father Of Rock ‘N Roll” because he’s credited with coming up with the term and promoting the genre’s popularity. The Hall Of Fame even chose the Ohio town as their location largely because of Freed’s influence. His son, Lance, told CNN that the museum was being “disrespectful,” which makes sense considering that they wouldn’t even have a name if it wasn’t for him. Freed’s ashes have been displayed in a golden urn at the museum for the past 12 years, but executive director Greg Harris has decided it was time for them to go because ashes don’t tell a story and “the museum world is moving away from exhibiting remains.” Meanwhile, Beyoncé’s wardrobe will surely inspire millions of visitors in the future. “Rock and roll isn’t just about yesterday,” Harris said. “It continues to evolve, and we continue to embrace it and refine our operations.” The Freed family is currently weighing their options and wants to create a memorial to honor the DJ’s contribution to the development of the genre.