AHS grad's magazine

focus of HOF's exhibit

An exhibit about Alternative Press, a magazine focusing on the popular music industry founded by Aurora High School graduate Mike Shea, opened last week at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

As the magazine marks 30 years of publication, the exhibit is titled "Never Give Up: Alternative Press Magazine at 30." Shea is still the president of the business.

Shea founded the magazine as a teenager in Aurora in 1985, and the bedroom at his house is re-created in the exhibit, including a desk and old Macintosh computer with hard diskettes.

The exhibit commands a circular space off the main floor of the HOF, and features Joan Jett's red leather brassiere from 2014's inaugural AP awards show, 30 back issues and even Shea's high school report card.

Also featured are an interactive screen to see all the covers over the years, a downloadable app -- APat30 -- and covers of bands such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana.

The exhibit was assembled by Karen Herman, the HOF's vice president of collections and curatorial affairs. The magazine continues to feature interviews with popular and emerging bands.

AP's artist of the year at its first awards show was Fall Out Boy. Last week, at the second annual awards show, Issues won artist of the year.