The man credited with coining the term of “rock ‘n’ roll” is literally being removed from the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, no less than a week after the museum introduced an exhibit celebrating Beyoncé’s costumes. As of this week, the ashes of radio DJ Alan Freed have been removed from the Hall, as CNN reports.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame Executive Director Greg Harris said of the decision: “The museum world is moving away from exhibiting remains” as ashes don’t help tell a story, according to CNN. “Museum community colleagues across the country agree.” Harris also stressed that Freed’s exhibit is not being downsized beyond the removal of his ashes.
However, Freed’s son, Lance, called the museum’s decision “disrespectful” and believes his father’s exhibit is being moved to a different part of the museum. “I thought this was the last move, but then I got this call to move him,” Lance said.
Alan Freed worked for several different radio stations across the U.S. over his 20-year career, and is widely consider the father of rock ‘n’ roll for not only coining the genre’s name, but also promoting African-American blues and rock artists.
Discussing the timing of the decision to remove Freed’s ashes when the Hall just added a Beyoncé exhibit, Harris said: “Rock and roll isn’t just about yesterday. It continues to evolve, and we continue to embrace it and refine our operations.”