A new, one-of-a-kind exhibit presented by two iconic museums – the Newseum and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – is now open at the Rock Hall in Cleveland through Nov. 27, 2016. It will reopen at the Newseum on Jan. 13, 2017, where is will be on display through July 31, 2017.
“Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics” explores the power of rock to change attitudes about patriotism, peace, equality and freedom, and will be on display in the cities hosting two major political events in the upcoming presidential election cycle: the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and the 2017 presidential inauguration celebrations in the nation’s capital.
Using video, multimedia, photographs, periodicals and artifacts, such as the guitar John Lennon debuted at the bed-in where he and Yoko Ono introduced the anti-war song “Give Peace a Chance,” “Louder Than Words” will showcase the intersection between rock and politics and examine how artists exercise their First Amendment rights, challenge assumptions and beliefs, stimulate thought and effect change. The exhibit will explore music’s influence on civil rights, the Vietnam War and gender equality, and will include such artists as Bob Dylan, U2 and Rage Against the Machine.
Contributing support for “Louder Than Words” has been provided by the Hilton, SoundExchange and Altria Group.