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Exhibit To Trace Teen Idols

A major exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will trace teen idols from Frank Sinatra to Britney Spears.

“We’re going to look at the phenomenon… from the past to the present,” said Jim Henke, the rock hall’s chief curator.

The exhibit likely will span from the early days of Sinatra in the 1940s to current youth sensations such as the Backstreet Boys and Christina Aguilera, Henke said. It’s scheduled to open in spring 2002.

The museum already has obtained memorabilia from several teen-idols, including David Cassidy, Debbie Gibson, New Kids on the Block, Neil Sedaka and Bobby Sherman.

Memories and souvenirs from teenyboppers themselves will be “a big part” of the exhibit, Henke said.

The museum hopes the exhibit will draw several generations of fans.

“There will be something for everyone,” Henke said. “Kids will be able to come with their parents or even their grandparents. Everybody had teen idols at some point.”

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