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National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library receives Jim Peterik guitar

By January 8, 2020 No Comments

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Jan. 7, 2019) – Weeks before the curtains close on the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library’s Medieval to Metal: The Art & Evolution of the GUITAR exhibition, an encore is announced.

Musician-songwriter Jim Peterik, left, poses Outgoing Chair of the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, George Drost. Peterik is holding the guitar that was recently gifted to the Museum. It is currently on display with the Medieval to Metal: The Art & Evolution of the GUITAR exhibition until Jan. 26. (Photo submitted)

A new guitar was added to the exhibit today: a dobro guitar from musician-songwriter Jim Peterik. Peterik, best known as the founder of the band “Survivor”, signed the guitar “To the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, you’ve got the eye of the tiger!!”


Peterik co-wrote “Eye of the Tiger”, the theme song for “Rocky III”, with “Survivor” bandmate Frankie Sullivan. The song received the award for “Best Rock Performance by Duo or Group With Vocal” at the 25th Annual Grammy Awards and was nominated for the 1982 Academy Award for Best Original Song.


George Drost, outgoing chair of the Museum’s Board of Trustees, gave the guitar to the Museum. It can be found outside the


Medieval To Metal: The Art & Evolution Of The Guitar is a touring exhibition developed by The National GUITAR Museum that celebrates the artistic development of the guitar. The last day to view the exhibit at NCSML is Sunday, Jan. 26.