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Class of 2009

Photos: Metallica, Jeff Beck, Run DMC and More at the 2009 Induction Ceremony

Photos: Metallica, Jeff Beck, Run DMC and More are Immortalized in the Class of 2009

Photos: Jimmy Page, the E Street Band, Eminem and More Backstage at the 2009 Induction Ceremony

Metallica, Run-DMC, Jeff Beck Join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at Wild Induction Ceremony

Behind the Scenes at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction

Class of 2008

Photos: Madonna, Iggy Pop Justin Timberlake and More at the 2008 Induction Ceremony

Madonna, Mellencamp, Cohen Honored at Emotional Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction

Class of 2006 

Blondie, Black Sabbath Enter Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Class of 2005

U2, Buddy Guy Rock the Hall of Fame

Class of 2004 

ZZ Top, Prince Rock Into Hall

Class of 2002

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Talking Heads Inducted

Inductees Sound Off Backstage

Class of 2001

Love in the Air at Rock Hall

Class of 2000

McCartney, Etheridge, Robertson Usher Taylor, Raitt and Clapton into Rock Hall

Hall of Fame Inductees Sound Off Backstage

Earth, Wind and Fire Groove Into Hall

Class of 1999

The Boss, McCartney and Billy Joel Crowned Rock Gods

Class of 1997

CSN, Jackson 5 Join Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Song Stories

“Bird on a Wire”

Leonard Cohen | 1969

While living on the Greek island of Hydra, Cohen was battling a lingering depression when his girlfriend handed him a guitar and suggested he play something. After spotting a bird on a telephone wire, Cohen wrote this prayer-like song of guilt. First recorded by Judy Collins, it would be performed numerous times by artists incuding Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker and Rita Coolidge. "I'm always knocked out when I hear my songs covered or used in some situation," Cohen told Rolling Stone. "I've never gotten over the fact that people out there like my music."

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